It’s that wonderful time of the year again, when I forget how I swore last year that I’ll never cook Xms Eve dinner again, and revert to doing it anyway. It’s not that I mind cooking a huge Christmas dinner. I do enjoy it, in particular now that Camila will help me with some of the preparations and I’ve become wise enough to chose mostly dishes that can be made in advance or require little preparation the day of the event. But what I don’t enjoy is getting the house clean and ready for the event.
My favorite part, however, may be making and tweaking the menu, trying to make sure the dishes flow into one another and trying new recipes. I rarely have the chance to make appetizers or soups (or even desserts) in my regular cooking, so this is fun.
Anyway, this is my planned menu, which I’ve already started cooking. Recipes will follow and I will make a full post, with what I ended up cooking and how it turned out in a few days.
Christmas Eve 2012 Menu
Leek & Cheese Tarts, as an amuse bouche
Plantain and Coconut Soup with Shrimp, Tomato and Avocado Salad
Home made eggnog, in tiny cups as something to occupy guests with while I cook the catfish
Catfish and Asparagus a la Meuniere
Lemon sorbet, as a palate cleansar
Braised Short Ribs (new recipe) with garlic mashed potatoes and braised red chard
Peanut Butter Trifle
And that’s it 🙂
Now, the question, what will I end up /not making/ because I run out of town or was too exhausted?