Oh the joy of the Christmas season: younger cousins and siblings running around the compound, maternal aunts roasting fish and turkey, mum loosing her mind over the Christmas menu, dad and the boys counting empty sweet drinks and beer bottles, to make sure there was going to be enough ‘buzz’ for the 30+ family members who came 3 days before Christmas day year after year to celebrate with us.
Christmas week was the busiest and most stressful but also the most exciting week of the year at my parent’s. The joy of having our cousins around, the stories we shared, the Christmas carols we sang, in fact, the whole atmosphere of Christmas outweighed the stress of the previous days.
Mum made sure to include all Christmas favorites. From Poulet DG. (chicken ragout mixed with ripe plantains), jellof and fried rice, grilled turkey, to ndolé and sautéed pork, we had it all. Not forgetting small chops like chin-chin, puff-puff, meat pie, as well as doughnuts, cakes salad macedoine and homemade ‘foléré’ (hibiscus flower drink). It was a feast for a king. Heavenly memories that I so cherish.
This Christmas I’m carrying on mum’s traditional Christmas menu. I have put together a list of my favorite starters, main and side dishes, small chops and drinks to inspire you this Christmas. Chose the foods you would love to have by clicking on the links below and get directly to the recipe. I also put together 5 tips for a healthy Christmas celebration so that you can feast without regrets.
Christmas menu: morning
Start the day with a healthy breakfast, it will keep you satisfied while you wait for the sumptuous meals and help you eat less. Below are 3 options: for vegetarians,
Baked plantain pancake and sautéed vegetables
Guacamole (puréed avocado) & whole meal bread
Homemade sardine & whole meal bread
Christmas menu: Lunch
Jellof, oil-less with beetroots
There you go guys, hope this menu makes this Christmas stress-free and more enjoyable. Have a very merry Christmas!