Well it’s that time of year again, when the Christmas excitement (and the Christmas stress) begins to escalate, and we madly scramble for Christmas cooking ideas and gift ideas, try to tidy up the house because family is coming, and wonder why we didn’t get organised earlier this year like we were planning to??? (Or is that just me? Ha ha!)
Christmas always seems to creep up on me. Probably because I’m working and travelling hard, planning for next year, finishing off the homeschool reports for the year, developing new Christmas recipes, cooking for gifts and parties and Christmas day, and also trying to take some time out with family and friends.
However, we DID manage to get a beautiful Quirky Christmas recipe ebook together using the grain free dough/pastry recipe from our Life-Changing Food cookbook – yay us!!! Hopefully you got your copy via our newsletter, but if not you can subscribe to our newsletter and you’ll get the link in your confirmation email*. (If you don’t have our cookbook – or it’s wrapped up and sitting under your Christmas tree and you’re not allowed to open it yet – you can use your favourite pastry recipe with our filling ideas, so make sure you check it out!)
* Note: If you are subscribed to our newsletter but can’t find the email with the ebook link, you can contact us here.
Another bit of exciting news… the Quirky team has a new addition!! My wonderful friend Sarah Moran from Pursue What is Lovely has joined us in the kitchen. She helped us out with recipes in the free Christmas e-book, and she has also developed this great recipe for Paleo Christmas Fruit Cake for us. If you come to one of our Life-Changing Food seminars in the coming year, you’ll see Sarah running around madly preparing the tastings and demo dishes, and she’ll also be helping us with recipe development and testing. Welcome Sarah, we’re so happy to have you as part of the team, and we love this recipe!
So, on to the recipes!
For those of you who are a bit last minute like me and are still trying to work out your Christmas cooking, here’s a Quirky Christmas Recipe Round-Up for you, as well as our new Paleo Christmas Fruit Cake recipe. Fouad and I have also done a live ‘flip-through’ of our cookbook on the podcast today, talking through our best gluten-free Christmas recipes from the book, so have a listen here and be inspired! The chat is followed by an amazing interview with Dr Tom O’Bryan who is a leading speaker on the dangers of gluten and on gluten sensitivity. An incredible podcast to educate yourself as well as your family and friends!
Banana Pecan Spice Bread – keep it simple and make this bread days ahead, slice and freeze, and toast on Christmas morning
Mains, Sides & Salads
Turkey with Grain Free Stuffing – if you want a traditional Christmas dinner with a beautiful roast turkey as the centrepiece, here’s a recipe I developed a couple of years ago with a grain free stuffing
Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Red Wine Sauce – I have to mention this one as it’s one of my favourite recipes of all time! The recipe is in our Life-Changing Food cookbook, and is super easy and very delicious!
Christmas pastries (grain free) – see our Quirky Christmas Recipes Ebook (above) for party favourites like Chocolate Hazelnut Christmas Tree (pictured left), Grain Free Mince Pies, Boxing Day Pasties, Mini Beigli, Apple & Nutmeg Franigpane Tarte, Feta & Mint Fatayer, and more!
And of course our Paleo Christmas Cake, recipe below!
We hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends, plenty of delicious, wholesome food, and some time out to rest and recover from a busy year. Please post some photos of your Christmas cooking in our Quirky Cooking Chat Group or tag #quirkycooking or #lifechangingfood on Instagram, we’d love to see what you make! 😀
Love from Jo, Fouad and the team at Quirky Cooking xx
Paleo Christmas Fruit Cake
Spice up your Christmas with this delicious, grain free Christmas Cake!