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Ho Ho Ho-liday Nomz…WIAW

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Happy Hump Day Friends!

Before I begin, big New Years Eve birthday shoutout to one fabulous Mother. My Dad is treating us all to the Keg tonight, which I’m super excited for. These is a piece of sea bass with my name on it! NOMZ. I hope we can bring her lots of smiles and love today (of course, this is hopefully every day!) to make your day special because she deserves the best. XO

Tis the day where all the eats shall be revealed and I’m jumpin on the Christmas nomz train over at Peas and Crayons just like the other foodie folks in the blogosphere. If you’re like the rest of us and enjoy drooling over some good holiday food, do yourself a solid and head on over the Jen’s blog and check out the indulgences that went down last Thursday.

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I did a recap of the Cross family Christmas a few days ago, but I held off on the food until this special day as Wednesdays are all about the food, so obviously its presentation is most appropriate here, no?

Other than the dinner, I was a bad blogger and only remembered to snap my own lunch that day before the big meal.

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Omelette (4 egg whites + 1 whole egg) stuffed with some leftover roasted chicken breast meat, asparagus, mushrooms, onion and kale. Seasoned with Mrs. Dash tomato basil seasoning, garlic powder, chili flakes and pepper. Side salad with apple cider vinegar.

After opening presents, my parents had their traditional bacon and eggs breakfast. For my Mom, this means she gets her bacon sammich dipped in a whole lotta ketchup. My Dad does the whole thing up with his bacon, toast and eggs.

Sorry, like I mentioned, no pictures. I was too busy fiddling with my new MacBook Pro. 😉

Well at least I got the main event right?

Here’s the spread the three of us threw together for us all to sit down to.

IMG_6984Mr turkey was hiding over on the counter. We roast the turkey the day before, as you know…we need oven space on the actual day…and then have the white and dark meat separated in two crockpots to keep them warm.

IMG_6986We tend to do buffet style dinners, regardless of whether it’s a holiday or not because we like to ensure people get the food they will enjoy. Lets take a closer peek at some of these dishes shall we?

IMG_6985A newb to our dinner but it was the star by far. My Mom and I have always wanted to make our own stuffing and this year we finally cracked down and did it and almost everyone went back for seconds and thirds of it. We used a recipe my Mom found that included the use of Italian sausage (did I mention that some of these dishes are not going to be the most healthy? Tis the season..) as the major flavour base. For most normal people (I’m excluded from this group as I don’t eat sausage), that would make a dish instantly delicious.

It was actually super simple to make and had very minimal ingredients so it will definitely be something to keep around for next year.

IMG_6989My Mom’s special ham. She makes this pineapple, mustard glazed ham that everyone loves as a secondary protein for our meal. Most of our family snagged a slice of this and I know my parents really love this dish. Once again, not for me as I don’t eat pork in general but I will say that baked pineapple smells amazing!

IMG_6987I wanted to up the veggies this year so I made a few dishes including this roasted mushroom, green bean and onion mix. Very fall typical side dish. Sorry for the ugly picture, it was already dug into by the time I snapped the pic. Nothing special here, just the veggies, some olive oil, garlic powder, pepper and some oven lovin at 400 until roasty.

IMG_6988Those colours though! Another simple roasted veggie dish of asparagus, butternut squash cubes (I bought these already chopped which is the only reason why the skin is off. I would have preferred skin on as usual. Eat yo skin guys!) and beets.

IMG_6990aaannndd for my Mom (she needs her sweet fixin’s too), maple glazed, roasted carrots. All I did for this was plop the carrots in the dish and topped with maple syrup that had been reduced a bit and a few pieces of butter. Again, stuffed in the oven at 400 until fork tender. I had to put foil over top to let them steam a lil bit to speed up the process but they would be just fine without the foil.

Also making their appearance on the table were:

  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Plain mashed potatoes for those who just like potatoes for gravy boats
  • Steamed peas
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Artisan loaves
  • Some gherken pickles for my Nana
  • Gravy

So after all of that, this is what I devoured

IMG_6991All my roasted veggie dishes (minus the carrots) and a few slabs of dat white turkey meat. Mmmmmm. #TurkeyGainz

 Now, for all of you that twitch in your seat just waiting to dive into the dessert table, here is what we served.

IMG_6999An assortment of my Mom and my baking. These are all the normal suspects and everyone in the family has their favourites. Missing from this plate were my Nana’s favourite Chinese chews and my Auntie Wendy’s chocolate drops. Those brown blobs there are a major favourite of everyone. So much so that they disappear directly from the freezer without thawing first. Double chocolate peppermint truffles. Yes, they don’t stick around for very long at all. I actually used to make them for my friends at school when I had the time to do so.

Also missing from this shot was my attempt at these lil guys

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles from the Minimalist Baker. I’m using their shot as I forget to take a pictorial AND because mine where half as pretty as theirs. Do you know how hard it is to make those lil balls smooth and non fingerprint-y when dipping them in melted chocolate? Anywho, I followed their basic idea and used the homemade caramel sauce they gave, tweaked a bit, then after balls of that frozen for a bit, I melted some hazelnut peanut butter and coconut oil and dipped them in that while sprinkling them with some leftover toffee bits. After freezing for a second time, they swam in some melted sweetened chocolate with some coconut oil (the coconut oil is what helps for the hard shell as coconut oil hardens in colder temperatures) and let them do their final freeze.

For the sauce, all I did was soak some pitted dates in some water overnight, drained them in the morning and blended them up with about a tsp or two of coconut oil, caramel extract and a lil water to get the consistency that I wanted. Real ingredients and I got the thumbs up on this sauce. Lots of love to the Minimalist Baker for this one!

This caramel sauce was also used to make our experiment of the day

sorry for the bad lighting, twas night time after all.

sorry for the bad lighting, twas night time after all.

She was a beauty and so easy and fun to make with my Mom. This recipe was one that my Mom found once again and is kind of like an ice cream cake, but with an Italian twist as the cake part was a panettone .

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Sorry for the quality of the picture, it was in the basement. I just wanted you all to see the layers.

We were so proud of this creation, despite it not being our own recipe. If you wanna try this, here are the ingredients you need.

  • 1 panattone cake. We used a neutral flavour but it would be interesting to try a flavoured one.
  • Tube of ice cream. Again we just used vanilla like the recipe said, but it might be cool with another flavour, just match it with you cake and sauces.
  • Caramel sauce. We used a slightly watered down version of the one for the truffles
  • Chocolate sauce. We bought this.
  • Toffee or Skor bits

IMG_6998Here were the steps to make this vision.

  1. Take a large bowl (that can be frozen and is maybe just a touch bigger than the cake) and wrap in saran wrap.
  2. Cut the bottom of the cake off, about an inch thick. Then cut the cake in half and hollow each half out leaving a nice inch or two border.
  3. Pour some of the caramel sauce into the bowl, yes on the saran wrap. The recipe called for soaking the cake in it but ours was too thick for that.
  4. Take your cake halves and stick it to the bowl and use some of the filling of the cake to fill in any gaps. This will be the outside of your cake, so make it look as nice as possible.
  5. Pour some more caramel into the cake and get it all over the inside of the cake pieces.
  6. Sprinkle some of the toffee bits around the whole thing.
  7. Filled the cake bowl about a 1/3 of the way up with your ice cream, add a good drizzle of chocolate sauce and sprinkle with toffee bits.
  8. Do this two more times so you have 3 layers of ice cream and then place the bottom of your cake that you reserved on the top and fill in any gaps with the final pieces of the cake.
  9. Saran wrap the top and throw that baby in the freezer. When you are ready to dig in, let it sit out for a few minutes and slice away.

How easy is that? Is it healthy? Absolutely not, but it was a hell of a good time to make and everyone who had some loved it. My parents are still working away at it and I will be taking some to my housemates if there is any left.

 Well, that is the end of our holiday feastin. I hope you all enjoyed it and that your Christmas was amazing!

Much love.

What has to be on the table for your Christmas meal to be complete?

Are you a contributing cook or a pure feaster?

-Chelsea

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27 thoughts on “Ho Ho Ho-liday Nomz…WIAW

  1. Your holiday meal looks delicious! I usually spend a long time removing the skin of squash before roasting it, so I will be happy to try leaving it on the next time I make it. Wow on the ice cream dessert!

    • Oh no, you are missin the best part plus putting work into that! Yes, try the crispy skin, it’s delicious and where the nutrients are! 😀 My Mom and I had so much fun doing it all, especially that cake.

  2. Wishing you all the best for a healthy, happy New Year Chelsea!

  3. Dinner looks so delicious 🙂 so glad you had all this free time over the break.

  4. This is totally off topic. Totally inappropriate. but I wanted to ask for a while and kind of got sparked when you said you didn’t eat the carrots LOL (although my ? is totally away from it). But what do you do to balance your tummy issues? I have tummy issues of my own (IBS & GERD) but because of really poor food habits have done nothing really… and besides pills, my gastroenterologist hasn’t made any diet suggestions

    • not inappropriate 🙂 I have a had a few appointments with a gastro specialist (my next one is two weeks from now) and they don’t give you much I understand. I got more info from a sports nutritionist that I saw to help me with weight gain while still working towards my lifting goals. They were only suggestions really and you have to do some trial and error. The one thing I have done was cut gluten out of my diet (recommended by that sports nutritionist as she felt that I may have created a sensitivity due to my diet lacking in many things gluten and therefore you body tends to loose those enzymes, therefore creating distress when you eat them). I have not been tested for celiac or gluten intolerance, but it was something that helped. I do keep gf oats and brown rice in my diet so I’m not 100% gluten free but those are the grains with the lowest percentage of gluten and don’t make me feel icky. Other things I have found have helped me has been not eating more than 4-5 times a day. I found that eating more often my stomach got more upset (perhaps It wasn’t giving it enough of a break) so I cut down snacks and just had more at meals. That being said, don’t overeat with GERD or IBS or that makes your stomach upset.

      No fried foods, watch how many veggies you eat (I know this, but this one is hard for me to reduce), artificial sweeteners are really hard on my tummy. Also, take note of how you react with acids. For example, are you someone that benefits from taking apple cider vinegar (helps with digestion in most people) or are you like me and it gives you heartburn? If you are the former, you may want to consider taking a shot of vinegar before a meal to help give you more acid for breaking down food.

      Supplements that I take that help are digestive enzymes and probiotics. Lactaids when needed (rarely because I just tend to avoid dairy). Which brings me to my last suggestion which is to be really mindful of how foods make you feel. If something makes you feel icky, you may have to cut it out for a bit and see if that helps.

      I hope those help. Like I said, it’s a lot of mind work to figure out how your body reacts to foods and what works for me, may not work for you and I still have my issues that I have no idea where they are coming from despite working at this for years. Good luck!

  5. Okay…. hm, those Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles… HOLY MOLY FEED ME

  6. everything looks so good! !

  7. Wanted to wish you a happy NY !

  8. NY goal, cook, live, workout, breathe, be as kind etc as Lil Miss Fitness Freaak

  9. You know its the NY when I come on this blog to read through all workouts/make a fitness plan 😉

  10. Happy New Year! Hope your 2015 is filled with good health, family, friends, happiness, and love.

  11. What are your New Year Resolutions Chelsea?

  12. :):):) this all looks so delicious. Amazes me how clean eating is so much apart of your life that you maintain it during the holidays. In a good way of course. This is my goal for 2015

    • Thank you so much! Isn’t it interesting how you tastes change? I’m so in love with my food that temptation around foods that make many drool just doesn’t happen for me. Yes, I still have cravings from time to time, but I truly enjoy what I make for myself and it makes my body feel good too. Just remember that it’s okay to have a lil fun around the holidays because some of those foods you won’t see for the rest of the year is it can be a bonding time too. Just don’t go crazy 😀

  13. Oh, this all looks so lovely. Your desserts look fabulous.

  14. Looking forward to hearing all your big accomplishments in 2015!!

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