Here are some ideas for a long grazing style lunch and a simple Boxing Day easy festive menu.

In our house breakfast on Christmas morning starts invariably with a fruit platter followed by a slice of my Stollen with coffee.

Our Christmas feast is usually spread out though the entire afternoon and into the evening, allowing for breaks to take a walk to the park or beach and to make it easy for friends and family to drop in to enjoy a course or two.
The table is set the day before and includes bowls of pretty decorative treats to nibble such as Tid bits (brown skin almonds, muscatel raisins and budrum crystalized ginger). Mini Gingerbread Trees and iced Chocolate Stars are used as place settings. My theme this year is white and green, very summery.
We will start with citrus flavoured Sesame Spiced Almonds, and fresh goats Curd showered with a good dose of fresh chopped chives,  Nordu  Licorice Salt and ground pepper served with Fig Aniseed Toasts and Baguette, and this will lead into lunch.
When we eventually make our way to the table we’ll be enjoying my favourite Beetroot Cured Salmon , made 3 days earlier is sliced and served with 1/2 boiled quail eggs,Dill Honey Mustard Sauce , Fennel Slaw, and thinly sliced Rye Sourdough bread freshly toasted.

Then we’ll carve a whole small Turkey, apple brined and hickory smoked . This is started the day before and is incredibly moist and delicious. If it is a hot day, being able to cook this out doors on a Webber is ideal. This will be accompanied by Spiced Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Rosemary Purée from the Armadale kitchen, Red Pepper Sweetcorn Smoked Cheddar Tart for the vegetarians, Tomato Pie with my seasoned bread crumbs and a family tradition, Stephanie Alexander’s Petit Pois, freshly podded peas cooked with lettuce ham and butter.

We will then have a big break before Iced Mince Pie Pudding Ice Cream , Christmas pudding flamed in Brandy , Caramel Brandy Sauce, Schultz pure cream and a bowl of berries tossed with lemon juice and a little sugar.
After a big break, usually with guests coming and going we’ll enjoy some Roquefort, Cheddar, Stilton and a glass of muscat with Honey Orange Roasted Nuts.
After another break we’ll have cold whole prawns with a ‘coral sauce’ for dipping and finish with a Mince Pie!

Simple Festive Boxing Day Menu

  • Cold ham and turkey with Spiced Cranberry Sauce
  • Celery or fennel Gratin, recipe on website
  • Salad
  • Panetone with  vanilla creme anglais and strawberries tossed on orange zest and sugar
Recipes available on line on our site:
Beetroot cured salmon
Honey mustard sauce
Tomato pie ( brochure)
Seasoned crumbs ( Phillippas home baking)
Iced mince pie pudding
Products available in store:
Rod it’s
Iced Christmas trees
Iced chocolate stars
Nordic licoric salt
Fig aniseed toasts
Fennel slaw
Rye sourdough
Spiced cranberry sauce
Sweet potato rosemary mash
Red pepper sweetcorn smoked cheddar tart
Mince pies
Christmas pudding
Caramel Brandy Sauce
Honey roast Nuts
Schultz pure cream