How to create a fuss-free Culinary Bling Christmas Feast!
Do you want to get a round of applause this Christmas for your amazing culinary prowess?
Do you want your guests to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhh’ at your amazing creations?
Do you want to remain stress-free, relaxed and happy while whipping up a feast that will not only be photographed by the family, but will have everyone asking you for recipes and marvelling at how you achieved all of this? AND you are looking glamorous and your kitchen is all clean and mess free?
It is possible!
I’ve been working on some amazing Christmassy Culinary Bling and have your whole Christmas Feast planned and worked out for you, it’s going to be a breeze!
First thing we need to do though is relax and plan. They say if you have 8 hours to cut down a tree we must spend 6 hours sharpening our axe…
Well that sounds really boring and dreary but they have a point. What I mean is please don’t leave everything for the last minute. Most of these recipes here can be prepped a few weeks or days or hours in advance leaving you with more time to enjoy the festivities.
We also need to make sure you have your shopping list ready! Going in for the Christmas shop is a lot cheaper if you have it planned.
Often we ask family members to bring a dish or two along, or you might be a guest this Christmas, either way I have you covered. So if you’re doing it all or just taking a few dishes along remember this…Christmas Cooking Can Be Fun!
I’ll be breaking this blog into bits so it’s easy to digest, I thought we should start with some festive nibbles and how to get a round of applause early on in the festivities!
A cheese board, antipasto platter or ‘nibbles’ platter can be a showstopper. Here are my home-made UBER cheap but very sexy, sophisticated and foodie water biscuits AKA Culinary BARK. You will pay a fortune for these at the deli’s and supermarkets but don’t be deceived…EASY EASY EASY to make.
I make these all the time for cheeseboards, dip platter and antipasto platters during the year so the only thing I do differently is cut them into tree or star shapes.
Christmas Star Water biscuits with black salt and rose petals
1 cup plain flour
100ml or just a little more water to bind (as per demo)
1 tablespoon seasoning to match your cheese/dip or just omit and have them plain (nigella seeds, pink pepper, black salt, lavender, rose petals, rosemary)
To prevent the dough from being annoying and sticking to your hands and surface with flour before handling the dough. Knead for about 3 minutes until the dough is nice and soft and pliable.
Take a teaspoonful of dough and roll out into long thin biscuits OR roll ALL the dough out until really thin and then cut out with the star or tree cutter, making sure you use lots of flour underneath to make sure they don’t stick to the counter.
Bake hot and fast on an ungreased baking tray for about 3-8 minutes at 200°C. They should be brittle and not too brown! Store in an airtight container until you want to use them.