Christmas Day

Christmas Dinner

We don’t have Thanksgiving in Ireland, so turkey and ham are served in most Irish homes on Christmas day.  We have turkey and ham with gravy, stuffing, brussels sprouts, carrots, potatoes and parsnips. For the starter, there is usually a choice of melon or prawn cocktail. This year, we had Christmas dinner at my relatives and there was a choice between smoked salmon salad, prawn cocktail and white pudding.  Dessert is normally sherry trifle, christmas cake and/or pudding with a little brand, which is lit on fire.

Strawberry Sherry Trifle

One raspberry swiss roll (or plain sponge)

One tin of raspberries

One tin of strawberries

Bar of strawberry jelly

Sherry (a little drop here and a little drop there!)

For the base

Break up some swiss roll. Fill the bottom of the  bowl with the sponge and pour some sherry over the sponge to make it moist. Drain the juice from the tins of fruit into a large glass and place aside. (You can add a little bit of juice to the sponge but do not make the sponge too wet or the trifle will not set.)


Heat some water in the kettle. Follow the directions on the back of the Jelly (Gelatin) packet. I placed one bar of strawberry jelly into a bowl with 100ml of water, and put it in the microwave for one minute. I then added 400ml of cold water and a little more sherry and raspberry juice.

Place the trifle in the fridge over night to set. Add cream, strawberries and food decorations before serving.

Cranberry Sauce

I also made some cranberry sauce.

Place a bag of cranberries in a pot filled with some apple juice (port..if using port, also add water). Add half a cup of sugar. Bring to the boil. Stir and then add some dried cranberries and add some more sugar. Stir again and then place to the side to cool.

After Dinner Activities

We played scrabble, Just Dance on Wii and relaxed by the fire with some baileys!