Christmas 2020 Edition

Christmas 2020

Welcome to our Christmas 2020 edition of bare ingredients. Well, what a year 2020 turned out for all of us. For us Foodies, it has been one where we developed our 'at home' culinary skills, and we have had to be very inventive in thinking new ways to cook those staples to avoid insurrection from the family.

So, Christmas is almost upon us, so let's make the big event something spectacular for the whole family to enjoy. We here at bare ingredients have been busy checking recipes, and Sarah has put together her Christmas Preparations list, including of things you need to be doing now so that on the big day there will be far less to prepare and do.

Roasted Citrus and Saffron Turkey
Roasted Citrus and Saffron Turkey with a Jewelled Couscous Stuffing

8-12 Portions (dependant on size)

Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 2 1/2 - 3 hours (allow 18-20 minutes per 450g)

Mince Pies at Christmas
Christmas Mince Pies

Prep: 20 minutes plus 30 minutes resting time for the pastry
Cook: 15 minutes

Stollen sliced to show the mazipan
German Christmas Bread Stollen

Prep: 20-30 minutes plus 3 hours rising
Cook: 30-40 minutes

Christmas menu

Yes, the big event is only days away, and to avoid having you running around in a mad panic, Sarah has put together a menu that gives you both classic dishes and some modern ones to try.

One thing that will make the Christmas dinner a success is to start planning things now. You may have ordered the turkey or goose and will have it delivered to you close to Christmas day, but it is getting all of the tasks done earlier, and getting those essential ingredients now before the supermarket runs out of them.

Christmas Menu

Cin, Cin

Bizarre Fact: Cin Cin (Italian for Cheers) comes from the Chinese language “Ch'ing Ch’ing”, or “please, please“ in English, was from Chinese Sailors who used to say it to greet each other.


To Begin


The Main Attraction

Hot Potatoes

Brussels and Friends

Chilled Accompaniments

A bit on the Side

Saucy or A Little More Sauce Please

Sweet Happy Endings

Xmas Treats Anytime

Hangers On or Leftovers

Seasonal Recipe Ideas

Sarah's Seasonal Recipe List has been updated with great ideas, which can be found below. Also, we have the August's guide to the best seasonal produce. It is our "What to eat now" guide for those who are looking to get the most out of their local ingredients. There are Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere articles.

Broad Beans and New Potato Tortilla in bite-sized pieces
Broad Beans and New Potato Tortilla

6-8 Portions

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Asparagus and Herb Quiche
Asparagus and Herb Quiche

6 Portions

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Cookie Leekie

4-6 Portions

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours

Next issue

We are looking forwards to an updated Christmas Menu around the 15th, so keep you eye out for it. Also, please feel free to reach out to us about the new site. Simply pop over to Twitter or Facebook and send us a message.


The bare ingredients team.