Festive meals to brighten up your Christmas celebrations

Not being able to travel far shouldn’t stop us from making this Christmas and New Years celebration special. Rowena Marella-Daw finds that a culinary trip at home does the trick.

What a year it was – and this Christmas will be different from any other for millions around the world. All the more reason that we should treat ourselves and our loved ones to something special. Instead of spending on gifts that may languish in closets and lofts, many of us now have to wallow in comfort food. And although we cannot fulfill our wanderlust for the time being, we can at least transport the aromas of unforgettable trips and dream destinations directly to the dining table.

Here are some ideas to keep our festive celebrations entertaining.

Festival full of delicacies

Restrictions on Christmas get-togethers are already a mystery, especially with large families. If you look on the lighter side, cooking for fewer people means a break for those who normally slave in the kitchen year after year. And not having to cook at all could be even better!

Enjoying a sumptuous intimate dinner or a small buffet in the warmth and coziness of your own dining room without lifting a finger is a luxury to consider. Fortunately, there are food specialists out there who do all of the hard work and bring a feast to your home. However, it’s important to choose one with years of experience and experience, like Forman and Field, a London-based gourmet grocery delivery service. Under the direction of Lance Forman, the great-grandson of H. Forman’s founder and son, Aaron ‘Harry’ Forman, the company has been supplying its world-famous smoked salmon to discerning customers since 1905.

Salmon side, forman and field

If you can’t travel to Scotland, Scotland will come to you via Forman and Field salmon, the quality of which you are unlikely to find anywhere else. The smoked salmon has a delicate, non-smoky taste – meaning that it has not been over-smoked, while the freshness is evident in its silky translucent texture. So it’s no wonder that smoked salmon from champagne and Parma ham, like champagne and Parma ham, is the only smoked salmon in the world certified by the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and London’s first food was awarded this status. Forman and Field source their products and ingredients only from family run artisan suppliers across the UK.

The ‘fish favorites’ bundle Forman and Field

The “Fish Favorites” package is suitable for amateur cooks with an abundance of smoked salmon from London, fresh Scottish salmon, sweet and juicy raw peeled tiger prawns, mackerel marinated in garlic and tuna marinated in teriyaki sauce, the one in teriyaki sauce for an exotic one marinated is a taste that complements its velvety texture and fresh butter taste.

The ultimate care package (left) and Christmas in a basket (right), Forman and Field

The “ultimate care package” was a favorite during the lockdown and offers a plethora of high-quality comfort foods that appeal to both fish and meat lovers. There’s buttermilk chicken, English sausage, and Aberdeen Angus beef burgers, as well as smoked salmon, salmon fish fingers, smoked haddock, and parsley cake. The only problem is deciding which to stick with first! Be warned, the creamy Class 1 smoked Scottish salmon pate is so heavenly that you might not want to share it.

Those who prefer more traditional cuisine will find seasonal favorites in the “Christmas in the Basket” basket. Along with the salmon smoked in London there is a half Alderton ham glazed with jam, Forman’s classic Christmas pudding, Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Peter’s Yard mini crispbread, brandy butter, cranberry and vintage port sauce, and truffle chocolate. This is a great thing to send to friends and family.

Forman and Field Main Dishes – Lobster Thermidor; Artichoke and white mushroom en croûte; Beef Wellington; smoked salmon paupiette with lobster and crab

Get personal

Forman and Field’s brochure describes a number of the highest quality dishes that are made and cooked to the same high standards of cuisine that gourmet establishments receive. Choose from a tempting selection of gourmet dishes – Lobster Thermidor, Beef Wellington, Smoked Salmon Paupiette with Lobster and Crab, Black Cod in Miso, and a moist and tasty Norfolk Bronze turkey ballot box. The gin and tonic smoked salmon and the tempting tartlets and flamiches are also ideal for entertaining guests in the New Year. Needless to say, a stress free gourmet dinner professionally prepared for you can be the best feast you will have this festive season.

Each order is carefully packaged and delivered by overnight courier to maintain freshness. Forman and Field deliver to the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, the Scottish Isles and the Isles of Scilly. But if you can’t wait, there is a click and pick-up service from their East London premises.

Wine and dinner

Berry Bros. and Rudd classic basket

Turn this year’s Christmas and New Years celebrations into something a little more spectacular with a classic basket from Berry Bros. and Rudd, Britain’s oldest wine and liquor retailer. Trading in St. James’s No. 3 in London since 1698 and two Royal Warrants for HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales. Who can argue their knowledge and expertise?

This magnificent basket is full of goodies, but the four shining stars here are the drinks. The Champagne Jacquesson, Cuvée 742 Extra Brut, combines Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir to create a smooth texture, a fresh, rounded taste and notes of dried fruit and cinnamon. Then there is the freshness and minerality of the medium-bodied 2017 Chablis, Fourchaume, 1er Cru, Le Domaine d’Henri, a classic Burgundy Chablis, while the 2006 Sarget de Gruaud Larose, St. Julien, Bordeaux with earthy, smoky, vegetal and notes of black currants. Last but not least there is the special Berry Bros. and Rudd William Pickering Tawny Port from Quinta do Noval. Earthy and fruity with subtle caramel notes. This film is perfect for sipping while watching your favorite Christmas movie.

Berry Bros. and Rudd at Home Menus: Burgundy (top left); Spain (top right); Italy (bottom left); Bordeaux (bottom right)

Bring a restaurant to your table with Berry Bros. and Rudd at Home, a service the wine merchant has partnered with Big Night, the premium online grocery delivery service for independent restaurants. The three-course “Finish at Home” menus available in December are inspired by regional flavors from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Spain and Italy.

The burgundy main course made from Bourguignon with short ribs, slowly cooked pancetta, Roscoff onions and fondant potatoes sounds delicious, and the Bordeaux main course made from rolled lamb shoulder is authentic, even with the fascinating accompaniment of haggis cake. A perfect finish is an alcohol-induced regional dessert from Canelés, traditionally seasoned with rum and vanilla.

The menu changes every week and includes an optional wine recommendation from winemaker Barbara Drew. Delivery is available for orders within 8 miles of St. James’s.

South Coast Bakery Christmas and Traditional Steak Cornish Pasties. Photos courtesy of the South Coast Bakery

Cornish comfort

Just because you can’t visit Cornwall right now doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy authentic Cornish pasty at home. And if it comes straight from a baker in Cornwall, you’ll love it even more. The family-run South Coast Bakery in Looe makes delicious treats fresh every morning and delivers them to your door the same day.

The traditionally shaped and curled pastries are a calming sight, and once heated, the taste is wonderfully satisfying. A range of delicious fillings include traditional steak, steak and stilton, embossed lamb, chicken and leek, cheese and onion, cheese and bacon, and a vegan-friendly option with carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, onions, peas and sweetcorn. everything full of flavor and wrapped in a flaky crust. As a special treat for the season, they have created a special Christmas version with turkey and vegetables. Delicious.

The pies can be ordered individually or you can treat yourself to a mixed box of 10, which gives you a wide selection. Each type of pie is identified by a mark on the crust, e.g. B. a holly shape for the Christmas version. They can be frozen if necessary and heated after thawing, or just torn off if you can’t wait. And nobody would blame you for it!

Picture at the top of the article: Forman and Field_Buffet Celebration

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