Christmas season, food, food and even more food. Delicious, seam bursting food!!! So…
- Are you stumped for food ideas?
- Are you bored with the same old menu?
- Are you nervous about cooking for relatives and friends?
- Do you want to make spectacular food on the cheap?
- Do you want to impress and show off your culinary skills to you know who?
- You just want good food on your table…
These are easy Christmas food ideas, dishes that you can incorporate into your Celebration menu for Christmas lunch/dinner or party, wedding parties, cocktails, end-of-year parties, house guest entertainments etc.
Wishing you and yours the best life has to offer, this Christmas season and into the New year—The Pretend Chef.
Yellow rice is simple, fragrant, slightly spicy and most of all, pretty as a picture. Made with turmeric, it is a fancy looking rice that will make your dinner table look elegant.
It is part of Spanish, Indian, Caribbean and South African cuisine. My first taste of yellow rice was in an Indian restaurant a long time ago and I knew I will remember this rice for all times.
The yellow colour is as a result of the addition of turmeric (kurkum in Hausa and ata ile pupa in Yoruba). Frying the rice raw will
Jamaican oven baked jerk chicken is spicy, hot, mildly sweet, tender, juicy with crispy skin and packed full of flavour. Jerk chicken is traditionally Jamaican, there is also jerk pork, jerk burger, jerk shrimp, jerk cauliflower etc.
Authentic Jamaican jerk chicken made in jerk joints use a jerk grill made out of old oil drums or barbecue grills, they use pimento wood to fire it up. The wood adds to the flavour of the jerk chicken but the pimento (allspice) seeds used in the marinade mimic this very well.
Jerk marinade (sauce) is hot, spicy, aromatic and mildly sweet. Any time Jamaican food is mentioned, we instantly think Jerk! Jerk seasoning has been developed over centuries by the Jamaicans with locally available ingredients and others added due to different influences.
It reminds me so much of the versatile Nigerian suya spice. It can make or break your barbecue, it can also be incorporated into so many dishes and everyone is trying to get the perfect recipe. This recipe is far better than any you can get in a jar. Really, there are two key ingredients in the Jamaican Jerk marinade
Pizza muffin (pizza cup) is a portable deep dish Pizza, an ideal on-the-go snacks or meal. Hardly anyone hates pizza, there are so many ways to make it and a huge number of ingredients to choose from that I believe there must be a pizza suited to each person, just find your correct mix.
I made this pizza in muffin tins and it was born out of
Steak and kidney pie is traditionally a British pie with filling that is slow cooked for a long time to yield a rich gravy with very tender, juicy meat. It is comfort food that truly comforts, in fact, if you are into comfort eating, stay away from steak and kidney pie, seriously it is addictive.
Although it takes a while to cook, it is worth every effort put into making it. Steak and kidney pie is
Simple Sofrito was inspired by the Puerto Rican Sofrito. It is a versatile blend of aromatic ingredients used to add flavour to food. I came across this condiment when I was trying to find a minced beef empanada filling different from my usual delicious Minced beef empanada filling. I needed something bold and suited to the very discerning Nigerian palate, something my guests will eat and say this is different but it tastes so gloriously awesome.
Sofrito is so easy to make and it is so, so flavoursome. Many Puerto Rican recipes rest on this condiment and it is what makes my Minced Meat Herb Empanada filling extra special.
Minced beef Herb empanada filling is one of my favourite empanada fillings. It is rich, filling and delectable. What makes it exceptional? It is the Simple Sofrito in it. It totally enriches the taste and makes the filling suitable for so many other uses.
The simple sofrito, a staple in Puerto Rican cuisine, is a blend of vegetables and herbs and is easy to make at home. It is a condiment that enhances the flavour of so many dishes. You should actually make it and store in the freezer for use when ever you need it.
The Egg and sardine Empanada filling is almost a non-cook, easy to make filling, almost because you will need to boil the egg. It uses ingredients that will normally be in your kitchen already. If you have empanada dough in your freezer that needs to be used up but you don’t want to put in the effort of making more complicated dough filling, this is the filling for you. It is simply delicious and effortless.
You can substitute canned sardines with
Empanada is a type of stuffed pastry (hand pie) common in Latin American countries, Spain and some parts of the far east. It can be fried, baked, grilled or even cooked on a griddle. You can make it big or small, sweet or savoury and of different shapes.
Different countries have their peculiar way of making empanada. Some use