This year I held my Christmas-Holiday Party between Christmas and New Year. I figure, I personally am done with all the Christmas parties to go to, the shopping, our own family Christmas Eve dinner, and am ready to tackle my own event.
Here is what I made for the Christmas Party. You can prepare the sauces and desserts a day in advance. On the day is mostly assembling the food. Let me share with you what I did:
The gingerbread house above was store-bought whereby I added the marshmallow tree, the gummy Santas, Snoopy and candy canes bought from a nice candy store (Dylan's). I made my own egg white frosting with plenty of confectioner's sugar that I beat till it was stiff to use as extra snow and for gluing the candy trees and decor to the house. I happen to have always had the Christmas ornament of a Real Estate Agent and a Sold sign; so I stuck them down on 2 corners of the house this year instead of hang it as Christmas tree ornament.
For hors'd'eouvres, I ordered and bought already peeled and cooked lobsters and served them in individual containers with my own sauce.
|Above are the lobsters with miso-butter sauce, topped with black caviar and minced chives for decor.|
On the left were lobster meat as well individually served with yuzu emulsified butter with some yuzu tea marmalade (available from Japanese grocery stores) topped with minced chives. This sauce has a wonderful citrus taste and a little sweet.
Served surrounded by the 2 versions of the lobster hors'd'eouvres is the Armagnac soaked prunes stuffed with D'Artagnan foie-gras. A chef pastry cake decorating bag with a wide serrated tip was used to stuff the foie gras into the overnight-soaked prunes.
One of the desserts I served was the poached pears in wine with homemade chocolate ganache:
Some of the poached pears were served on a pedestal dish with my homemade egg less butter-chocolate chip cookies.
And the party was joyful as everyone got full. I was delighted to share my culinary ideas amidst the busiest time of the year.H A P P Y N E W Y E A R T O Y O U A L L!
Should you want the recipes of the food in this party, please let me know.
I also ordered a chocolate lemon cake from LA Burdick
It's my favorite cake and you can order this. Imagine chocolate layer cake with fresh lemon cream inside.
Ingredients were mostly from wholefoodsmarket.com
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