holidays & recipes: an ancient holiday dinner menu

Holiday Menu

Let the countdown begin. It is December 12th and with Christmas 12 days away thoughts of holiday foods swirl in our heads. Who-pudding and roast beast; sugar plums, roast geese. We may not be able to share recipes for these foods from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Twas the Night Before Christmas and Scrooge, but we can help you prepare for your Christmas feast.

Over the next 12 days we will maintain our regularly scheduled posts: Tartlicious Tuesdays, Worldly Wednesdays and Fudofinds Fridays. However, on the other days we will bring to you the recipes to create three separate Christmas menus. Our first menu brings the ancient world to our tables for a winter feast.

In the book The Philosopher’s Kitchen by Francine Segan you will find menus for various occasions. We loved the winter buffet menu, but shortened by omitting two of the meat dishes so that it is manageable and carefree. While this menu wasn’t necessarily one that the ancient Greeks or Romans prepared during their winter holidays, these foods are a perfectly suited for your holiday celebration. You will find the ingredients seasonally appropriate and fairly inexpensive. This menu is light, yet satisfyingly rich in flavor.

An Ancient Holiday Dinner

1. Seared Beef with Lemon-Herb Crème Fraiche
2. Kale with Coriander Sauce
3. Poppy Turnips
4. Etruscan Foccacia
5. Hazel-Walnut Honey Custard

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6 comments

  • December 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm //

    FANTASTIC menu! The custard sounds incredible!

    • December 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm //

      Thank you Ann!

  • December 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm //

    Sounds absolutely fantastic! I can’t wait to see your post on the honey walnut custard.

    • December 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm //

      Thank you so much = )

  • December 14, 2011 at 1:55 am //

    Makes me want to find a drafty old manor house with a huge oak table and a blazing fire… the perfect setting for your meal. A little holly around the windows? Thanks for the fabulous imagery!

    • December 14, 2011 at 7:44 am //

      Now that sounds like a fabulous get together and perfect idea for a photo shoot too!!!