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One of the great things about Christmas, apart from all the presents of course, is food.
For my in-laws, Christmas dinner is a major event. It typically involves 3 different kinds of meat, 2 types of potatoes and a huge amount of vegetables with Yorkshire puddings, cranberry sauce etc.
But, this isn’t the food that I enjoy most over Christmas.
You can’t beat some ‘picky bits’.
A Christmas buffet holds a special place in my heart.
One of my parents’ long-running festive traditions is organising a huge Christmas Eve buffet for friends and family and I remember these occasions with real fondness.
It’s the kind of tradition that I’d like to continue – a big, fun gathering is what Christmas is all about after all!
Christmas party food is starting to come into its own now. Olivia is certainly getting more adventurous with her food and willing to try things other than basic buffet staples like sausage rolls, sliced meats and cheese. William is still proving a challenge, but we’re adamant that it won’t stop us from trying to introduce new things.
This year, we’ve decided that it’s going to be buffet food for us all the way this Christmas. After all, there’s not much point cooking a full-on roast turkey dinner if hardly any of it will be eaten.
So I ventured to a couple of my local supermarkets to see what kind of festive party food they have on offer this year.
Having been disappointed at the limited and basic range of Christmas party food that my local Asda had in stock, I headed to the nearby Tesco superstore to see what they had to offer.
Their range was easy to spot at the end of the very first aisle, just around the corner from the pizzas, garlic breads and Tesco Finest meals.
Although there wasn’t as much on offer in-store compared with the supermarket’s website, there were still some tantalising treats to be had like:
- Mature cheddar and spring onion soufflettes
- Macaroni cheese and smoked Italian pancetta bites
- Southern fried chicken pops
- Loaded cheese and bacon potato skins
Perfect for a fun Christmas Eve party!
Picking up a few other items around the store, I couldn’t wait to get some home and taste some of my picks.
To accompany our shop-bought buffet, we also decided to include some homemade goodies – melted snowman biscuits.
Melted snowman biscuits
To make these you will need:
- Plain digestive biscuits (or any type of plain biscuit that take your fancy)
- Icing sugar
- Large white marshmallows
- Dried fruit or chocolate beans
- Writing icing or edible white and pink pearls
- Pretzels or twiglets
Mix the icing sugar and water together to make a paste. I also added a few drops of caramel essence to the icing to give it a little flavour.
Spread it over the top of the biscuit and place a large marshmallow on top.
Before the icing sets, decorate the biscuits with chocolate beans or diced dried fruit to resemble buttons on the snowman’s melting body. We used chopped cranberries on our biscuits.
Draw eyes, nose and a mouth on the marshmallow snowman head with writing icing.
If, like me, you don’t have any writing icing, then you can use edible pearls to make the facial decorations. To stick them on, prick the marshmallow with a cocktail stick in the places where you want the eyes and mouths to go. The sticky mallow will hold the edible pearls in place.
Finally, break up the pretzels or twiglets and position them on the biscuits so that they look like the snowman’s arms.
Put the biscuits in the fridge to set.
So, now I’ve told you about my love for Christmas ‘picky bits’, I’d love for you to tell me what Christmas food you love the most.