Monday 3 December 2012

JYC day 3 - Flavour of the month

Some things can't be changed around here at Christmas.  Christmas Day lunch has to be turkey with all the trimmings (no Brussels for me thank you) followed by Christmas Pud with all the creams, butters and custard choices.  Unless you are under 13 and then you're allowed ice cream.  But Boxing Day is a whole other thing.
Let me explain our Christmas routine.  Normally either my sister or me host Christmas Day and whoever does that, the other one does Boxing Day.  We're up to about 14 people around the table nowadays.  So whoever gets to do the BIG day doesn't have to think about what to cook but Boxing Day is different.  We used to do the 'leftovers' thing but with 14 for Christmas lunch, there's not so much left over now!  So then we started doing a lovely rib of beef with roasted root vegetables with mashed potatoes.  But for 14 people, that's a pretty big joint of beef that is needed.  So this year it's my turn to host Boxing Day and I think I'm going to do a nice big casserole instead.  I can even make it in advance and freeze it so I am super organised.  Quite unlike my normal routine in the kitchen - ahem!
There'll be a few desserts to choose from, banoffee pie always goes down well and I love chilled lemon flan. Both easy to put together quickly in the morning.  But I am now going to share with you my latest discovery that I will be presenting with a flourish.  Salted caramel chocolate pavlova.  Oh. my. goodness.  It is so tasty.  We had it at friends a few weeks ago and it was so delicious, I googled the recipe and tried it for myself yesterday.  If I had known this prompt was coming today, I would have photographed it in its entirety but am afraid that I can only show you the leftovers today

Obviously when serving it for guests it will be put together on a serving dish, with a big mound of the caramel infused cream in the middle and drizzles of salted caramel sauce artistically decorating the top.  It’s a break with the normal menu, let’s hope it all goes according to plan!


scrappyjacky said...

I love brussel sprouts!!!
We always have a buffet Boxing Day....either me or my SIL host it....and I think Christmas dinner is definately an easier option.

Alison said...

My mum always makes pavlova for dessert on Christmas Day...but not a caramelly, chocolatey one!
Alison xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That pavlova sounds so good!

Amy said...

I was planning to make this over Christmas at some time since you shared the recipe with me - oh yum, oh yum, oh yum!

Sian said...

It sounds like a wonderful pud. I love any kind of pavlova. Yes, we used to heat it all up again for Boxing Day, but now there isn't enough to go round. Might do beef this year

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

You had me at "salted caramel." Yum!!!

I like that you and your sister share the load of entertaining. :o)