As a family, we love to eat. Eating is right up there with one of our greatest pleasures in life. Eating at this time of year comes into its own, and it all starts on Christmas Eve. Family tradition states that we go out for a special lunch on Christmas Eve, just the four of us. This tradition comes from the NLM’s side of the family and it’s one we started ourselves when Frog was two. In fact, I was just looking back at some old photos from December 2012 and I found these photos of that first family Christmas Eve pub lunch…
Three years on and we now live in Devon, but our traditions around Christmas Eve eating haven’t changed too much. We still go to our local village pub for food, and then spend the afternoon making reindeer food and baking sausage rolls and mince pies. After some carols around the village Christmas tree (not just us – that would be weird!) we come back home and the girls have a “snack tea”.
This year’s snack tea will be inspired by the festive fun food plate from Organix which is exciting, because this is the first year that Baby Girl will be having more than just milk at Christmas, meaning she can join in too.
How to make the festive fun food plate
3 Organix finger foods carrot sticks
½ a cooked carrot
Slice of cooked red pepper
A few cooked sweetcorn kernels
A large spoonful of hummus
(Makes 1 Christmas Tree Not suitable for freezing Suitable from 7 months)
1. Place the 3 carrot puffs in the centre of a large plate to create a Christmas tree trunk. Slice the cucumber into thin batons and lay on the plate like Christmas tree branches.
2. Cut the cooked pepper and most of the cooked carrot into very thin strips and layer onto the tree like tinsel, then add cooked sweetcorn baubles.
3. Cut a little extra cooked carrot into square presents. Cut tiny strips of cucumber and cooked pepper to add ribbon to your presents, then place at the bottom of the tree.
4. Finish off by spreading the hummus into a star shape at the top of the tree.
Here’s how it will take shape…
What are your Christmas Eve eating traditions?
Thanks to Organix for working with me on this post. Check out the Organix recipe archive for more fun food plate ideas.