Thursday, January 06, 2011

Christmas! - lunch #1 - pre-christmas!

December hits, and the eating season is upon us! Now that it is infact January, and I have had a small break from all the eating, I think I can manage to revisit some of the meals enjoyed over the festive season!

Christmas Lunch number one was actually held prior to Christmas, think of it as training for the stomach :-)

My contribution was this couscous, chickpea and pumpkin salad.  Its a made up recipe - I think I used half a cup of couscous. To this I added 1/2 cup of boiling water, a couple of teaspoons of "Christine Manfield Harissa" and the zest of an orange. Put a lid on it and let it sit for 5 minutes.  Once the cous cous was done, I fluffed it with a fork, gave it a squeeze of orange juice and a splash of Olive Oil and tossed through a tin of chickeas, some roasted pumpkin (simply roasted in the oven), some diced red capsicum and some chopped baby spinach. DELICIOUS!!


We also had this tomato, basil & yoghurt cheese salad, dressed with balsamic vinegar,


a tossed green salad,


This chicken that looks like it was run over (it comes mostly deboned and marinated from the butcher),

and some stuffed roast beef.


For dessert I made Nigella's "Gleaming Maple Cheesecake" from Nigella Lawsons "Christmas" book.  I have wanted to make this ever since I first set eyes on it when I first read the book! There is a copy of the recipe over at not quite nigella . I was very happy with the way the cheesecake turned out! Tasted mighty good also :-)


Kylie said...

Oooohhhh.... Your food is mouthwatering. :)

Rebecca said...

looks delicious - definitely going to try the couscous salad! Trying to eat more vegetarian meals, but i like finding DELICIOUS vegetarian meals.

caite said...

I love couscous and chickpeas, but I must admit it is the cheesecake that truly grabbed my attention.

littlepurplefrog said...

And just to add to the current theme - Wow, What a cheesecake!!!!
- K xx