Epic Post Xmas Lunch Feast – Part 1 – Entree

Well well, I’ve been sitting on this lunch feast for 3 months because of the mammoth task of cataloguing everything I cooked and prepared. The issue is if I sit on it any longer I’m going to absolutely forget what I actually did, curse my laziness for not actually taking notes when coming up with recipes. But it was still an awesomely fun, sun filled day! And good company with good food and drink is pretty much all you need in life really….well until you run out of money for the food I guess. This is also the first lifestyle type shoot I’ve done. It was ridiculously tricky trying to get the requisite shots whilst all the food was sitting there with hungry guests circling the table. But without time to style, think or plan very much, it was all a little haphazard, but a lot of lessons learnt for next time I think.

The main theme of the day was Pulled Pork Tacos so I went a little Mexican chic with everything else. Here are the starters.

  • Moscato Jug
  • Tortilla Chips with Pico De Gallo (Salsa Fresca) & Guacamole
  • Baked Corn with Lime Butter

Post Christmas Lunch Feast

Moscato Jug

large handful of mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
large handful of mint
1/2 lime (sliced thin)
1 bottle of Moscato (Or Prosecco)
Lemonade to top up

Moscato is a lovely sweet, effervescent wine with a beautiful fruity aroma, perfect for light summer cocktails. But be careful because this is so easy to drink that in a blink of an eye the entire jug will be gone.

Lightly Mull the berries, mint and lime together, pour in the moscato and top up the jug with lemonade and copious amounts of ice. Mix well and serve.

Post Christmas Lunch Feast

Post Christmas Lunch Feast

Pico De Gallo (Salsa Fresca)

(yields 1 medium bowl)
1/2 medium spanish onion
1 jalapeño
1 handful coriander
3 medium tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper to taste

Finely dice the spanish onion and the jalapeno and add to a mixing bowl. Remove the seeds from the tomato, dice and add to the bowl. Finely chop the coriander and add to the mixture with the oil, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.

Post Christmas Lunch Feast

Guacamole

(yields 1 medium bowl)
2 ripe avocados
1/4 Spanish onion (finely diced)
1/2 tomato (seeds removed and finely diced)
juice of 1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste

Remove the avocado flesh into a mixing bowl. Roughly mash with a fork, and then add onion, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Either serve immediately or cover with glad wrap to prevent oxidation.

Post Christmas Lunch Feast

Post Christmas Lunch Feast

Baked Corn with Lime Butter

4 corn cobs (cut in half)
2 tablespoons salted butter
zest of 1 lime
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 180C/356F

Soften the butter and add the lime zest. Cover each corn cob with the butter mixture. Then season with salt and pepper. Individually wrap each cob with foil. Then them all in a baking dish.

Bake for 20-30min or until corn is cooked through. This is a non-messy way of doing the corn because I was lazy and didn’t want to clean the grill pan. But if you don’t mind the mess and the cleanup then by all means grill or BBQ the corn to get a nice char flavour and then top with the lime butter.

Check out Part 2 – The Main Event

Pulled Pork Tacos with Apple Slaw, Pickles & Mustard Mayo

Pulled Pork Tacos