This spicy, tart and juicy Christmas Kraut is a match made in heaven for your plate, throughout the holiday season.
Traditional Christmas foods are naturally rich in fats, nutrients and, of course, sugar! Many of us will also be enjoying a tipple or two at parties over the coming weeks. Adding a fermented aspect to these meals, this Christmas Kraut may help the body to deal with and digest all these excess foods and drinks. Hopefully lessening the fatigue, bloating, hangovers, sugar highs (and lows) and of course the noxious fumes that generally comes with turkey, sprouts et al.
Perfect on the plate at the main event or served with cheese, this Christmas Kraut will totally change some of your Christmas traditions!! It will certainly be on the menu for me for years to come.
So simple, if you are in a warmish climate you could ferment this in a week and have it ready for your Christmas table this year.
Cooking Christmas dinner can feel like such a daunting experience. It is actually pretty simple (she says!). It is all about the timing. I have put together some lists that help me to get through the day smoothly (it really helps to appoint a chief washer upper- or have your dishwasher on constantly!).
These lists are downloadable and printable to make it easy for you to cook christmas dinner. All recipes are made with whole food, nutrient dense ingredients and you can substitute where needed to suit your dietary needs. I have based my time line on eating a 13lb 12oz (6kg)Turkey at 180C/375F, which will feed 6 adults easily. You may need to adjust your timings using this conversion cooking chart; (source)
Here is the Christmas Menu
The shopping list is based on half of the party not liking smoked salmon (like mine!) Some of the items on the list may already be in your store cupboard but I have included absolutely everything to help you. Before you go shopping print the list and strike off what you already have. Now its time to cook christmas dinner!
I have listed some amounts so that you have an idea of how much you have to buy but please use your own judgement! I prefer to buy organic, local, fresh food however it depends what is available for you and within your budget.
I can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us. I don’t know about you but I like to buy christmas presents through the year so that I don’t have such a large amount of money to fork out once a year!
Its also my daughters birthday in December and so a $400 gift card would be so nice right about now! Which is why we have call come together for you for this christmas. The holiday giveaway ends on the 15th December so that you have enough time to still buy your gift and have it sent in time.
Here is the fine print for the holiday giveaway- Good Luck;
A winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.com. The giveaway ends at midnight ET, December 15, 2014. We will announce the lucky winner on December 16, 2014. Once contacted, the lucky winner will have 48 hours to respond with his/her full name, address, and phone number. There is no purchase necessary to win. This giveaway is open to everyone except where prohibited by law.
I make my own cranberry sauce every year it couldn’t be easier! You could also use the slow-cooker or make a fermented version (see here and here). However this is how I made mine this year- Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Calvados.
I really like the combination of cranberry and citrus (see my Cranberry and Kumquat Water Kefir here) so the orange is a nice sweetener and also adds a nice zest to the sauce. The Calvados serves a dual purpose- it works as a natural preservative whilst at the same time adds a deeper dimension which makes the sauce taste richer- just perfect for the Christmas Table. This will work well with pork (ham), chicken or lamb too not just with the Turkey.
I used fresh cranberries for this recipe but you can also use frozen.
Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Calvados
A deliciously tart, zesty rich sauce. Gelatin takes this recipe to the next level
Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan (or the slow cooker). If using a saucepan- use a low heat and keep stirring until the cranberries breakdown and become the consistancy you like. Add the gelatin right at the end and jar whilst warm. Keep the lids off the jars until the sauce is cooled and store in the fridge.
Christmas is a very special time for me and the family. I spent my first Christmas without my family in 2010 when I spent it with my husbands family. It is really strange experiencing other people’s strong traditions. For example we always decorate the tree on Christmas Eve- but we haven’t had a Christmas in our own home since 2009 so that tradition has kind of been forgotten. However I guess that means as a family we are developing our own traditions- ones our kids will learn to love.
This post is about giving you some ideas of recipes to use on Christmas day (and before and after if you so wish!)
For Your Christmas Breakfast Table
My brother and I had a deal with our parents- they could have ONE cup of tea and ONE biscuit before they would get up and we could start opening presents! It lasted well into our late 20’s! Except towards the end it was them trying to get us up as we would be terribly jet lagged from the long trip home (London to Hong Kong!). We are yet to establish anything with our kids but here are some great options for breakfast before wrapping paper starts to fly off in all directions!