For us Christmas is all about being together, having time to enjoy the sunshine and cooking up some great food from the garden. This year Christmas is going to be a chilled event at my house… Just the beloved and I and our trio of lovely ones on the deck with a few presents and some great food.
The menu so far includes :
Roasted pumpkin with honey, herbs and pine nuts
A big bowl of green goodness from the garden
Roasted garlic and rosemary bread
Tomato caprese salad
Cranberry and pistachio wild rice salad
Roasted fennel and hazelnut salad
and some filo pastries full of whatever we have in the garden – probably zuchinis, lemon and basil
Of course you can’t forget the puddings so we are going for tiramisu, some fruit sorbets and a few mangoes and papayas.
You may or may not have noticed that this is a vegan feast fit for a queen – or in this case, for our daughter. Whoever says that a vegetarian or vegan Christmas lunch won’t cut it obviously hasn’t been eating at our house.
As my gift to you, here is the last recipe offering for 2012 – it’s oh so easy and tastes amazing.
Roasted pumpkin with honey and herbs
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup pine nuts
I bunch parsley
6-10 sage leaves
1/2 bunch mint or basil
Cut the pumpkin into slices around 2cm thick. There is no need to peel it, just deseed.
Lay pumpkin slices on a tray in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, and salt and pepper if desired. Roast in a hot oven until the pumpkin is soft and the edges have started to brown a little. Pour over honey and pine nuts and bake for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle over chopped herbs and serve.
So Merry Christmas from NaturoCath Naturopathy. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends. Wishing you all good health for now and the year ahead.