The ingredients of a good Christmas party

We’ve been busy with one corporate Christmas party after another. The kitchens are decked with tinsel and holly, looking very festive in keeping with the spirit of the parties. 

The menus on these events reflect the season with lots of butternut or pumpkin ravioli, soups, mulled wine cabbage, guinea fowl, Christmas ice cream (homemade ice cream with liquor-marinaded dried fruits) as well as mini mince pies by the dozen.    

One of the things we do is lay out all the ingredients so that they’re ready for party-goers to turn into beautiful things. It struck me that they look so neat, pretty and full of promise on the table. Like a good party, good food begins with ingredients. Here’s some of the ingredients we’ve been using for our festive recipes:

Nut roast:


Traditional stuffing:

Cranberry sauce with brandy:

Sticky toffee pudding:

Proper custard: