My Christmas tableBy: Editor-in-chief Lenush Lebedeva
Cranberry napkin rings, perfectly matched to a gold serviette on top of Villeroy & Boch toys delight plates in a duo of shapes in red, white and green. The table effortlessly decorated with holiday memoire embroidered runners, illuminated by a Santa and reindeer shaped tea candle holder and lit snow globes, the obligatory Christmas mug from the above-mentioned toys delight or toys fantasy collection, filled with the hot holiday drink of choice for Christmas Day or tall silver candelabras and golden reindeer centerpiece flawlessly gracing the middle of the table, red glassware expertly positioned at the right corner of the place setting, complete with wine goblets and champagne flutes for Christmas Eve. The aesthetic must be thorough yet informal and warm. The playful and festive traditionally colored plates provide a Christmas fair ambiance which is later maintained by the other senses: the aroma and the flavor of the food meticulously presented in a table sharing manner, served in the Villeroy & Boch’s toys fantasy serveware.
Christmas Eve dinner consists of a scrumptiously delicious center stage Duck a l’orange accompanied by a vegetable souffle and caramelized carrots. A beef wellington pan-roasted to perfection served with sauteed spinach served under a delicious cranberry gravy, and of course a hard top ricotta cheese pie is a wonderful addition to any Christmas menu. A mixed berry salad which perfectly complements both the beef wellington and the savory pie. A seabass mille-feuille which is a lighter option for an evening meal served under a light cream sauce is ideally presented with au gratin or truffled risotto. Of course, no Christmas Eve dinner is complete without dessert. Oranges and tangerines are the focal point of this year’s Christmas menu, so the dessert of the night is liquor candied tangerine on a sponge cake with cream and cinnamon. It is accustom to drink red wine for Christmas, but this exquisite menu can be perfectly attended to by either a white bottle of Puilly Fuisse or a red Chateau Lynch-Bach, depending on your choice of meat or fish.
Christmas Day on the other hand leaves one yearning for a more relaxed atmosphere. To start with, matin de Noel should be welcomed by a mug of hot coffee or tea by the Christmas tree opening gifts and searching the Christmas stockings. Small bites such as mini corn blinis with black caviar and sour cream, or mini choux buns with smoked salmon are the perfect choice while opening presents. However, the lunch on Christmas Day is what everyone always awaits for and the mandatory Roasted Turkey is no exception. One simply cannot enjoy a Christmas lunch without it. This year a honey glazed turkey served with crispy roasted potatoes, parsnips, Hassel-back roasted squash and winter greens with brown butter is the perfect choice. Gravy always should have a special place on the table as will the endless quantity of yorkshire puddings repeatedly dipped into it on this cheerful day. While maintaining a traditional menu with slight variations, it is appealing and quite pleasing to guests to include options from foreign cuisines. A Camembert pie with sundried tomatoes served with Christmas lunch or Russian beef pirogis are lovely selections not to mention are also a perfect pick me up for kids between breakfast and the much-anticipated festive meal. Obviously, Christmas day miracles do not exist without an elaborate dessert table to be enjoyed with hot drinks of choice throughout the day watching Christmas movies with the whole family. A variety of desserts can be served including a cranberry pie, the traditional yule log cake, red berry crumble cake, gingerbread biscuit with Philadelphia mousse and red fruit sauce and Panna Cotta tricolore along the marmalades, gingerbread and mince pie choices from the gifted Christmas hampers.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! xxx