Not just for Christmas!

Not just for Christmas!

I’ve collected all the recipes I posted on Facebook throughout December in this one place, both so they’re ready for next Christmas (!), but also because there are some great ideas here for any time of year. These recipes weren’t just for Christmas Day, but also to help out with food inspiration at a time of year when we’re often short of time, cooking for extra people, or wanting a bit of a health boost amidst the excess! They’re sorted into categories, with short descriptions and links where they exist.

Entrée’s, Snacks, and Nibbles

  • Black Bean Dip – this Mexican style dip has plenty of bold flavours, and with the black bean base has far more fibre and fewer calories than most creamy types
  • Avocado and Prawn Cocktail – retro, but still so good, with avocado adding some healthy fats to the mix
  • Christmas Pate – My mum always makes Christmas pate with all the leftovers, although it’s more of a terrine really. Use a recipe like this as a guide, and chuck in anything you’ve got. This year I used chicken, ham, ham fat, chestnuts, cranberries, stuffing, sausage meat and added seasoning and a few herbs. It’s one of those things that I always think will be difficult, and it’s really not! So I should make it all year round… Cut into slices and freeze after cooking.
  • Cream Cheese and Olive “Tree” – fabulous upgrade to a Cream Cheese Ball.
  • Colourful Veggie Tray – at Christmas it’s fun to arrange these into a tree shape to serve with dips, but at other times of year you may want to make a different pattern.
  • Caper, Olive, and Basil Bruschetta – a lovely tangy topping for crusty bread
  • Carrot and Ginger Dip – a bright and vitamin packed dip, full of flavor

Breakfast or Brunch

  • Ham and Eggs – a variation on bacon and eggs that’s easy to do for lots of people. Slice up leftover baked ham and serve with hard boiled eggs and mustard.
  • Porridge – easy to do for one in the microwave – half a cup each of rolled oats, milk, and water. Salt and / or sugar as desired. Microwave in a large bowl or measuring jug on medium for 5 minutes. Add fruit, nuts, seeds to taste.
  • Avocado and Haloumi Fritters – use up some excess zucchini in these veggie loaded fritters

Main Course

  • “Green Thing” – great way to use up whatever “green things” you’ve got in the garden (or the back of the fridge!) And to give your festive eating a massive healthy, nutrient-laden boost!
  • Cauliflower Wellington – spectacular veggie centrepiece of a whole cauli in a pastry crust! (Looks a bit like a brain though…)
  • One Pot Vodka Pasta – just what it says – delicious, easy, creamy… And you can add bacon to it, if you wish!
  • Chicken Alfredo Lasagne – tasty alternative to “red” lasagne
  • Easy Baked Ham – add a bit of sweetness to your ham, and don’t just leave it for Christmas!
  • Tourtière (French-Canadian meat pie) – traditionally served at Christmas or other special occasions
  • Healthy Roast Chicken – use extra virgin olive oil for your next roast, and serve it up with some mixed roasted veggies
  • Raclette – not the healthiest option on the list, but a fun way to eat with a few friends! Best accompanied by cold meats, pickles, and salads to cut through all that cheese!

Sides and Salads


Cakes, Sweet Things, and Desserts

  • Rainbow Fruit Skewers – these take a little more effort than just having a bowl of fruit on the table, but the pretty result is totally worth it
  • Chocolate Fruit Cake – delicious cake with lots of dried fruit which reduces the amount of flour and sugar needed. As a bonus it keeps well, if you can stop eating it! Great if you like to have something on hand to offer visitors
  • Rebellious Raspberry Tart – beautiful tart with a custard filling topped with lots of raspberries (also works well with frozen fruit). Stunning finale for a dinner party.
  • Cranberry Spiced Muffins – yummy for morning or afternoon tea, but also pretty tasty for breakfast, with some fresh fruit on the side. Try substituting wholemeal flour and brown sugar in this recipe. These freeze well too.
  • Fruit Mince Pies – I only make these at Christmas, but the pastry is just divine and would be great for making fruit tarts at any time of year
  • Coconut Lime Biscuits – the coconut gives these biscuits a gorgeous texture, and these are delicious with a chilled Tasmanian Sauv Blanc. They also make a lovely gift.
Chocolate Brownies with Olive Oil and Walnuts

Chocolate Brownies with Olive Oil and Walnuts

I’ve continued to search for the perfect chocolate brownie recipe, and this is the one that’s in first place at the moment!

I wanted one that used cocoa powder instead of chocolate. Partly because good chocolate is generally more expensive than good cocoa, and partly because if there’s good chocolate in the pantry it might have been eaten when I want to use it for making brownies… (more…)

Recipes From My Kitchen – Farmer Fi’s Banana Bread

Recipes From My Kitchen – Farmer Fi’s Banana Bread

This is the quickest banana bread recipe I know – the ingredients are really easy to mix together and you can have it in the oven in under 15 minutes. The tricky bit is not eating it as soon as it’s baked, because the aroma is amazing! I eat it as it is, but you may like to toast and / or butter it. It’s a great snack or breakfast on the go – try a piece of fresh fruit to go with it. (more…)

Recipes From My Kitchen – Spaghetti with Beans, Walnuts, and Mascarpone

Recipes From My Kitchen – Spaghetti with Beans, Walnuts, and Mascarpone

I created this dish as a way to use some of the beans that are currently cropping really well in my new veggie patch. These borlotti beans (aka tongue of fire) are so pretty with their red streaky pods (although this colour disappears on cooking). I’ve picked these young and am eating them pods and all. Regular green beans, or French beans, would also work really well in this, but the ones I’m growing aren’t quite big enough yet! (more…)