Food Monday ~ Christmas recipes ~ revisited

The run up to Christmas is always a busy time in the kitchen as well as everywhere else. It might be the year that all the family decide to descend on you for the big day or one of those following. What will you give them for nibbles or dessert?

In order to help I have trawled back through my archives and listed below some links that I have posted over the years. I see I have been leaning towards the sweet stuff more than anything else. Ah well, as Mammy used to say: “A little of what you fancy, does you good”!

I have not included a recipe for cooking the Turkey. I have not cooked a full turkey for many years and at this stage if I were to do so, I’d probably trawl through some of my favourite Food Blogs to get up to date modern ideas.

Savoury Recipes

Honey Glazed Ham

Nut and Seed Loaf served with a Cranberry, Apple and Brandy Sauce

Smoked Salmon Roll

Mothers Pâté

Country Pâté

Christmas Red Cabbage

Port & Apricot Bacon Rolls

Lemon & Thyme Stuffing

Chestnut & Sausage-meat Stuffing


Christmas cake

Nana’s Christmas Pudding

Mincemeat for Mince Pies

Sweet Mince Squares

Chestnut Meringue Cake

Baked Cranberry Cheesecake

German Cheesecake

Cranberry stars

Cranberry & Chocolate Orange Florentines

Have you noticed a trend?  I am rather fond of Cranberries!


The Best Chocolate Truffles
Brandy Truffles
Chocolate Covered Orange Balls
Chocolate Orange Truffles


Orange Sorbet
Cream Cheese Penguins

Roasted Pepper Cookies a good match with Mothers Pâté

Nibbles with a Cheesy Crunch
Olive Cheese Balls
Colourful Crisps


Egg Nog
Mulled Claret

If you do click through to a particular recipe, I suggest you read the comments as well,  they have some great tips and suggestions from regular readers of my blog.

13 thoughts on “Food Monday ~ Christmas recipes ~ revisited

  1. Dianne

    I checked out that German cheesecake and it looks yummy and fattening. I expected it to have chocolate as one ingredient for some reason. Any excuse to eat chocolate. Dianne

  2. Barbara

    I wish I could learn to like cooking. To me it is a chore worse than hoovering! I would prefer to scrub the oven than use it 🙁

    I’m just weird. I love when my children need help with their maths homework, especially when it’s with the really difficult A* questions! If only one of them would take A level maths!!

    Languages or essays…. Bleugh, a bit like cooking

    I do like eating though! all these recipes sound delicious! Just lots of work!

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Dianne – The German cheesecake is very rich with plenty of cheese and cream. Best served in small slices…… if possible! 😉

    Mayo – It might be a long wait! 😆

    FOS – I have eaten all the above recipes, but NOT at the one meal!!

  4. Grannymar Post author

    Barbara – I grew up learning to cook for the eight of us in Nana’s house. I might spend about an hour preparing and baking a cake. Beating butter & sugar by hand – long before electric mixers or food processors – and then adding the remaining ingredients. When finally decorated and placed on the dining table, it was cut in 8 slices and disappeared in a flash. Nowadays I only bake a cake when I know there will be visitors to eat it. I still enjoy preparing a meal for a crowd.

    Alice – All these recipes are on the blog, I only had to find, list and add the links.

  5. Barbara

    Your recipes are world famous…. when I google ‘Grannymar’ (the quickest way to get to your blog without using my bookmarks…. you are the first hit, and the second is ‘Grannymar Cheesecake’

  6. Lorne M.

    Nowadays when so many families consist of members from various countries, cultures, religions and food preferences it’s reassuring to return to some old and dear traditions — including festive food, of course.
    Thanks for the recipes like mince pies.


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