Friday, December 16, 2011


The 25th of December and the 1st of January are dangerously nearing and I guess that most of you have already planned their entire Xmas as well as New Year meals since a while. If a majority of people are organized like G.I.'s on an important mission and are ready to rock the festivities, it has to be said that a minority of us "losers" never manage to get prepared for the big day before the very last minute, tend to panic at the prospect of hosting the celebrations and run around like headless hens on bad acid trip...

This time of the year is special and the magic of it should not be destroyed by our chaotic lack of method, anxiety and procrastination behaviour. We all want to have a mesmerizing and richly decorated table graced with lots of beautiful dishes and spend some valuable moments with those who count for us. There is no way we want our family reunion or party to be spoiled by our disastrous planning incompetence.

As there are surely many messy and clueless individuals out there who are burrying their heads in the sand in order to avoid hystery and be oblivious to the fact that they haven't even yet thought about the food they'll present to their guests, I thought that my recipe roundup might come in handy, take some weight off their shoulders and help them reduce their stress level.

You want relaxed holidays? Then, please have a look at my recipes. You might find something interesting and will not lose any precious time thinking about your menus. Take it easy and don't wrack your brains as we bloggers are here to help you and make your life a lot easier!

Apperitive Food & Starters:
Brazilian Toasts (see recipe)
Caribbean Banana Soup (see recipe)
Chedar, Bacon & Egg Scone Sandwiches (see recipe)
Chopped Liver (see recipe)
Curried Parsnip And Apple Soup (see recipe)
Falafels (see recipe)
Foie Gras Terrine (see recipe)
Flammeküche Pizza (see recipe)
Fried Ricotta (see recipe)
Gravlax - Salt Cured Salmon (see recipe)
Ham And Parmesan Cake (see recipe)
Italian Wine Biscuits (see recipe)
Kipper Rillettes (see recipe)
Lavash Crackers (see recipe)
Lemon Parmesan Dip (see recipe)
Lobster Salad (see recipe)
Oat Cakes (see recipe)
Ostrich Steak Tartar (see recipe)
Parmesan And Gorgonzola Cheesecake (see recipe)
Parmesan And Italian Herbs Shortbread Cookies (see recipe)
Potato Chips/Crisps (see recipe)
Ricotta With Za'Atar (see recipe)
Smoked Haddock And Gruyère Tartlets (see recipe)
Smoked Salmon And Cream Cheese Bagels (see recipe)
Smoky Chili Crackers (see recipe)
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas (see recipe)
Spinach And Feta Strudel (see recipe)
Sweet And Savory Italian Meatballs (see recipe)
Tahitian Poisson Cru Made With Salmon (see recipe)
Tiny Curry Scones (see recipe)
Vietnamese Chicken And Grapefruit Salad (see recipe)

Main Courses:
Blueberry Pork Chops (see recipe)
Brazilian Xinxim De Galinha (see recipe)
Chicken And Mushrooms In Saint Marcellin Sauce (see recipe)
Chicken In Vanilla Sauce (see recipe)
Chinese Lemon Chicken (see recipe)
Greek Pork Stew With Quinces (see recipe)
Lasagne (see recipe)
Lemony Beef And Potato Tajine (see recipe)
Lump Egg Pasta With Saffron Sauce (see recipe)
Meatballs Brazilian Style (see recipe)
Pulled Pork (see recipe)
Raclette (see recipe)
Stuffed Quinces (see recipe)
Swiss Fondue (see recipe)

Side Dishes & Accompaniments:
Almond And Curry Bread (see recipe)
Barberry Pilaf (see recipe)
Greek Lemon Roasted Potatoes (see recipe)
Homemade Orecchiette Pasta (see recipe)
Hot Italian-Style Tagliatelle (see recipe)
Jerusalem Artichoke Gratins (see recipe)
Maluns (see recipe)
Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts And Potatoes (see recipe)
Homemade Orechiette (see recipe)
Parsnip Puree (see recipe)
Potato Kugel (see recipe)
Potatoes Baked With Parmiggiano (see recipe)
Pumpkin Latkes (see recipe)
Spätzlis (see recipe)
Tahini, Pomegranate & Coriander Salad (see recipe)
Toad In The Hole (see recipe)
Warm Beetroot With Sour Cream (see recipe)

Xmas Cranberries 1 3 bis
Festive Desserts, Cakes, Breads & Cookies:
Almond Cake From Reims (see recipe)
Alsatian New Year Chocolate Chip Brioche (see recipe)
Amaretti, Apricot Jam & Coconut Bars (see recipe)
Apple Challah (see recipe)
Apple Latkes (see recipe)
Apple Tart With Hazelnut Frangipani (see recipe)
Bakewell Tart (see recipe)
Banana Bread Pudding (see recipe)
Banana Walnut Bread (see recipe)
Basboussa - Egyptian Syrup Cake (see recipe)
Basler Brunsli Cookies (see recipe)
Birnenbrot (see recipe)
Bostoni Cream Pie (see recipe)
Brazilian Coffee Cookies (see recipe)
Canoli (see recipe)
Cantuccini - Biscotti Cookies (see recipe)
Caramel Cake With Caramelized Butter Fosting (see recipe)
Caramel Walnut Tart (see recipe)
Caraway Seed Cake (see recipe)
Cardamom Crumb Cake (see recipe)

Cardamom, Matcha & Chestnut Mont Blancs (see recipe)
Carrot Bundt Cake (see recipe)
Challah Bread (see recipe 1 & recipe 2)
Cheesecake & Jelly (see recipe)
Cheesecake Marbled Brownies (see recipe)
Chestnut Bites (see recipe)
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (see recipe)
Chocolate & Pistachio Tartlets (see recipe)
Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake (see recipe)
Chocolate Eclairs (see recipe)
Chocolate Intensity Cake (see recipe)
Chocolate Mousse/Delight (see recipe 1 & recipe 2)
Chocolate Pavlovas (see recipe)
Chocolate Valentino (see recipe)
Chocolate Salted Whoopie Pies (see recipe)
Chocolate Walnut Fudge (see recipe)
Cinnamon Chestnut Persimmon Muffins (see recipe)
Cinnamon Granola (see recipe)
Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts (see recipe)
Coffee Kisses Cookies (see recipe)
Croquembouche (see recipe)
Cuchaule (see recipe)
Danish Braid (see recipe)
Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes (see recipe)
Dark Chocolate Tart (see recipe)
Date Bars (see recipe)
Deadly Blondies (see recipe)
Decorated Cookies (see recipe)
Deluxe Traditional English Trifle (see recipe)
Dobos Torte (see recipe)
Dream Bars (see recipe)
Earl Grey Chocolate Mousse (see recipe)
Eggnog Mousse (see recipe)
Festive Winter Challah (see recipe)
Filbert Cake (see recipe)
Five Spice Ice Cream petits Fours (see recipe)
Fragrant Swedish Rye Bread (see recipe)
Frosted Spicy Rock Cakes (see recipe)
Fudgy Low-Fat Cocoa Cookies (see recipe)
Ginger Flavored Banana Cake (see recipe)
Gingerbread House (see recipe)
Gingered Carrot Cake Cookies (see recipe)
Grittibänz Breads (see recipe)
Hazelnut Nougatine (see recipe)
Honey & Coffee Panna Cotta (see recipe)
Honey Cinnamon Graham Cookies (see recipe)
Ice Cream Cake (see recipe)
Italian Ricotta Cookies (see recipe)
Kalbura Basti (see recipe)
Koulourakia - Greek Cookies (see recipe)
Kriegskuchen/War Cake (see recipe)
Lamingtons (see recipe)
Lemon Buttermilk Tart (see recipe)
Lemon Curd (see recipe)
Lemon Honey Cookies (see recipe)
Lemon Mousse Verrines (see recipe)
Luscious Lemon Bars (see recipe)
Luscious Pumpkin Jam (see recipe)
Macadamia Nut Cookies (see recipe)
Macarons With Chocolate & Peanut Better Ganache (see recipe)
Magenbrot Cookies (see recipe)
Mallows (see recipe)
Melting Moments Cookies (see recipe)
Milanais/Mailänderli Cookies (see recipe)
Milk Chocolate And Caramel Tart (see recipe)
Mincemeat For mince Pies (see recipe)
Mince pies (see recipe)
Moist Orange Syrup Cake (see recipe)
Moroccan-Jewish Truffles (see recipe)
Mouhalabieh (see recipe)
Namoura (see recipe)
Nanaimo Bars (see recipe)
Nian-Gao (see recipe)
Norwegian Mountain Bread (see recipe)

 Oatmeal Coconut Cookies (see recipe)
Oatmeal Florentines (see recipe)
Opéra Cake (see recipe)
Orange Cornmeal Cake (see recipe)
Orange Tian (see recipe)
Panettone (see recipe)
Perfect Party Cake (see recipe)
Pfeffernüsse Cookies (see recipe)
Portuguese Sweet Bread/Massa Sovada (see recipe)
Praliné Chocolates (see recipe)
Profiteroles (see recipe)
Pumpkin Apple Bread (see recipe)
Pumpkin Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce (see recipe)
Pumpkin Challah (see recipe)
Peanut Butter & Tonka Ice Cream (see recipe)
Pecan Sandies (see recipe)
Pfeffernüsse Cookies (see recipe)
Profiteroles (see recipe)
Quarktorte With Raisins (see recipe)
Rose And Honey Madeleines (see recipe)
Rosemary And Vinefruit Bloomer (see recipe)
Salée A La crème (see recipe)
Scones (see recipe)
Sesame Cookies (see recipe)
Sienese Panforte (see recipe)
Suet Pudding (see recipe)
Swiss Brunslis (see recipe)
Swiss Mailänderli - Milan Cookies (see recipe)
Swiss Saffron Bread (see recipe)
Swiss Zimsterne (see recipe)
Tartine Bakery Pumpkin Pie (see recipe)
Tahinopitta - Tahini Cake (see recipe)
Tiramisù (see recipe)
Tiramisù Mousse & Lemon Curd Tart (see recipe)
Tiramisù Mousse & Lemon Curd Verrine (see recipe)
Triflemisù (see recipe)
Tuiles With Orange Praline Filling (see recipe)
Upside-Down Honey Cheescakes (see recipe)
Vanilla And Lemon Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting (see recipe)
Vols-Au-Vent (see recipe)
Walnut Ma'amouls (see recipe)
Walnut Tart (see recipe)
Wicked Bacon And Turkish Coffee Brownies (see recipe)
Yule Log (see recipe)
Zesty Ricotta Tart (see recipe)


  1. Un index des recettes très complet... et bien utile! Je vais pouvoir retrouver toutes les recettes qui m'avaient plu (ou échappé!). Bises...

  2. What an impressive round up of Christmas foods!!!! Lots of inspiration for everyone.

    Happy Holidays Rosa :-)

  3. En tout cas chez toi, il y a de la ressource. Je vais etudier un peu ca. Je fais partie des losers qui ne sont jamais prets avant le dernier moment. Bises et bonne fin de semaine.

  4. Thank you for making it easy for us to search your beautiful blog for holiday recipes Rosa.

    The photograph of the sugared cranberries is so pretty!

  5. Great roundup Rosa! So many recipes to choose from too! :D

  6. FANTASTIC round-up! I'm in love with your pictures, too. Thanks, Rosa!


  7. What an impressive round-up Rosa. A tasting party is in order.

  8. Merci Merci Rosa ! indispensable....quand on connaît le blog on fonce....aveuglément rien qu'au titre...
    bisous et bon weekend

  9. GREAT menu! The photos are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks Rosa Have a wonderful weekend :) Happy Holidays!

  10. Merci pour toutes ces belles idées!

  11. clever post ,full of ideas :)

  12. Quite a collection you have! Thanks for sharing. I haven't in fact thought of what to cook, and I better since I will be the only one doing any of the cooking.

  13. Que j'aime tes photos! Elles sont au moins aussi festives que les plats des fêtes!

  14. Oh great thats a nice idea, so thoughtfull! yeah, christmas and new year are really d*** close, I am panicking already. my sister is coming to visit me. so.. thx again for the round up! =)

  15. We are totally spoiled for choices and very good ones!!
    Cheers and hope you have a fantastic weekend,

  16. In seeing everything like is a feat you have accomplished! You must be so proud and happy..Thank you for sharing everything..Tout est beau..i am sure many will come back to this post:)

    Happy Holidays~

  17. oh, your holiday recipe roundup includes recipes for the next 20 years ;-)

  18. Wow, so many interesting Xmas recipes to try! :)

  19. Rosa, what a delicious assortment of holiday recipes! If I had the time and the money, I would want to make everything. (That parmesan and gorgonzola cheesecake sounds like heaven!)
    Thanks for putting my mind at ease when it comes to preparing the holiday feast(s). I now know where to look if I get lost in the anxiety. :D

  20. On a l'embarras du chois, merci pour l'aide à ceux en manque d'inspiration.

  21. wow! that is super impressive my friend! what an excellent holiday round up. thank you for posting this and have a great weekend.

  22. Wow, what a round-up, Rosa! Everything sounds fantastic and perfect for the holidays!

  23. Oh wow, this list is so helpful for not only Christmas but also any other special occasions in the year!!!

  24. Un bel index, bien utile.
    Bisous et bon WE, ici sous une tempête qui dure depuis des heures interminables.

  25. i want to come to your place for christmas!

  26. My head is spinning with such a choice of dishes! Thank you for this extremely useful post.

  27. Wow! What a wonderful and inspiring list! Thanks you! xoxo

  28. Thanks for a great list!!! great ideas

  29. Que de travail pour ce récap !! il y a de quoi faire
    Je te souhaite une excellente soirée

  30. If that is not a "tour de force", I don t know what else would qualify as such!

    Very impressive, so many wonderful recipes here...

    Thank you!

  31. That's an epic recipe listing...let's have Christmas each weekend!

  32. You're a life saver! This really makes the planning easier :) Well, not really since there's so many delicious things to choose from!

  33. oh boy rosa what a roundup?
    how long did it take to type this out? OY
    last night on PBS there was a "travel europe christmas special" show on and there was a wonderful snowy part on switz. oh it was so pretty, in a small cabin with the mountains behind--i totally thought of you.

  34. We just changed our Christmas day plans, and I'm frantically looking for recipes. I'll definitely check out some of your links!!

  35. you've listed some awesome suggestions here, and frankly, i would happily sample them all. :)

  36. I am so so inspired Rosa. Bookmarking quite a few to try out with my little boys these holidays :-) Thanks! Wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  37. Fabulous Rosa. Love that the festive sweet treats stretch yummily beyond the others. What a great great selection! happy Holiday!

  38. Oh..that's quite an exciting menu, Rosa!

  39. Thats a great round up with stunning pictures. The christmas ball and cranberries are pieces of art that should be framed!

    I've wanted to try gravlax for a while. I might try it after christmas. I love, love, love the stuff but I doubt it would go over well with my dad. He's pretty boring :p

  40. Oh lala, je suis crevée rien qu'à lire tous les titres de recettes :-)
    La looseuse que je suis fait participer ses invités. Ça me fait penser que je dois m'occuper de l'apéro. Je retourne dans ton index !

  41. Rosa, I am so in love with this recipe round up. I am gonna pin, tweet, Facebook...everything!

  42. impressionnant toutes ces recettes Bravo à toi Rosa!!!pierre

  43. What a fantastic spread, Rosa!
    Happy holidays!

  44. Beautiful recipe round up....
    God so many wonderful recipes to get inspired from...
    Love it.

  45. What a wonderful collection of recipes, great inspiration for the holidays. I also love the new banner on your blog! Merry Christmas!

  46. What a great selection of festive recipes and you must have spent hours to put them together. Fantastic! I love your picture with the tree and the reflection of the town and yourself in it taking the picture.

  47. Wow! That is some round-up, Rosa! I am so impressed with the list AND the time you spent putting it together for us. No need to go further for inspiration.

    I love the first photo!

  48. I love the recipes but the pictures are absolutely lovely:)))

  49. That looks like the whole archive list ;-) I love that cranberry click.

  50. Wow!!! Never seen something as complete as this..AMAZING!!

  51. I'd like one of each, please. LOL
    They all sound so good, I simply can't choose just a few.

  52. You are amazing Rosa... we have to thank you for making this round up for your readers! You have so many recipes to share on your blog and I'm really amazed... I need to take a look at some of the recipes here and bookmark this for future use! ;-)

  53. Wow, so many wonderful recipes, they are all sounds delicious!

  54. Rosa,

    you have an extensive list of recipes and always the best pictures.

  55. What an amazing round up of recipes...I didn't click on them all but it looks like they're all yours? Amazing work! :-)

  56. WOW - that is an impressive list!! So many choices :)

  57. Rosa, what a round up? What are your top favourites? Could you imagine if someone ate that entire list! :)

    Merry Christmas to you!

  58. Imágenes muy preciosas y una gran receta,abrazos y feliz navidad.

  59. A terrific collection of holiday recipes!

  60. that is easy to find all the recipes. cheers!

  61. Mais qu'elle est longue cette liste, vraiment de quoi trouver notre bonheur!

  62. Que de choix Rosa.
    Je te souhaite de très belles fêtes.

  63. Je découvre ton joli blog via celui de Trinidad. Je salive devant tes belles photos mais il est difficile pour moi de tout déchiffrer.
    Existe-il une version en français ?
    Joyeux Noël et à bientôt.

  64. This is an amazing, jaw dropping round up! Thank you for sharing. I always trust your opinion. :)

  65. Unas recetas estupendas Rosa, felices fiestas. Besos.

  66. A brilliant display of Holiday menus and recipes --thanks for sharing Happy Holidays to you!!

  67. Dearest Rosa, What a beautiful holiday recipe roundup! I agree, we 'food bloggers' are here to help. Your words and photos are always deliciously inspiring :) Thank you you for this lovely post!

    Happy Holiday Season And Happy Birthday in advance! Best wishes and lots of Hugs <3

  68. Rosa, thanks for this excellent offering.

    Merry Christmas!

  69. I see so many things I'd like to try! Lobster Salad, Chicken in Vanilla Sauce, and Walnut and Caramel Tart and...

  70. Vibrant, exuberant and extensive - as always your post is stimulating in all senses. Have a brilliant Christmas Rosa.

  71. gorgeous, every single image. WOW

  72. Wow! What a list. The problem is ALL of it looks amazing! Merry Christmas!

  73. Hi Rosa, thank you for your recipe index. Beautiful & gorgeous photos especially the lat picture of the candy. Have a nice holiday.

  74. stunning Lindt chocolate shot! i loooove LINDT! Especially the mint chocolate one. Haven't had one in a few years. Id love to see what your kitchen looks like! ;)

    Merry Christmas!

  75. Gosh, what would I pick from such a dazzling array of delicious food for the holidays. Love you photos with the holiday textures! Have a wonderful holiday!

  76. That is an impressive line-up of recipes. Gorgeous photography! Merry Christmas!

  77. Bravo! What an amazing list of options to celebrate the Holidays with delicious foods :)

    Merry Christmas, Rosa :)

  78. W.O.W. You made all these and blogged about them? WOW-za! Ah-mazing! This is such a comprehensive menu! LOL! As I look through the recipes, I observed the creative development of your photography style as well. Have a happy holidays!

  79. I love this comprehensive list of delicious dishes - the dessert section is particularly calling my name. If only I had time to make them all!

  80. when you read this list, you realise just how busy you've been :)

  81. Oh dear. There's only one tiny problem with your wonderfully massive round-up, I can't decide what the heck to make!

    Btw Rosa, your shots are pure delight!

  82. Oh my goodness, this roundup would not just last me for the holidays but far into the new year. What a gift. Thanks so much.