We had hoped for a wintery day for our Christmas in July lunch so it would match our Winter Wonderland theme but the sun had other ideas.
Anna Maria’s son Talin made some 3D snowflakes with the help of YouTube and Lorelei made some placemats and serviettes with snowflakes stamped on them. A bag of fake snow (which was made from shredded plastic bags) added to to decorations.
The entre was a variation of asparagus, feta and tomato tart, creamy leek, fennel and potato soup with crispy cheese straw.
Main course was couscous prune stuffed pork with baked apples, red cabbage, Austrian bread dumplings and polenta snowflakes.
The centrepiece of the table was a big meringue Christmas tree. It was made by using a polystyrene cone covered in royal icing and then decorating it with small meringues and a few snowflakes. The snowflakes were also made with royal by piping the outline on a plastic sleeve and filling the snowflakes with a slightly runnier royal icing. This is a technique called flooding and it takes at least a day to dry.
Dessert was Mount blanc with strawberry sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Of course to finish we had coffee with macaroons.
Thanks to our two talented chefs Anna Maria and her husband Joseph it was such a lovely meal and day. If you would like any of these recipes please leave a comment on our blog and we shall email them to you.
We hope to have inspired some of you to cook up a feast and have a Christmas in July celebration of your own.