Mum’s Cookbook

There’s been so many fantastic Christmassy type recipes pop into my blog reader that I’ve been inspired to do some of my own.  But when I thought about it, there are very few things we cook in the lead up to Christmas.

Our Christmas really only happens on the 25th of December.  We have brunch with out family friends, about three families, this is whole shebang.  Eggs, bacon, croissants, beautiful fresh breads, fruit, and champagne.  All fresh and very little prepared in advance.

From there we would go home and nap.

At about 3 pm, we would reconvene with our  family and had a seafood platter for a late lunch and then follow this up by OUR traditional family Christmas.

Ham, turkey (both cold), a green salad, beans, carrots, peas, a vinegar salad, for mains and then the piece de resistance DESSERT!

Dessert is what I hold out for.  It’s a once a year feast like no other, and I need those flavours to linger for 12 months.

There’s my Grandma’s Christmas Cake, Christmas pudding (Grandma’s recipe, that’s been handed down to me), brandy fruit salad, fresh fruit salad, brandy cream, brandy custard, and fruit pudding ice cream.

But some things must get done in advance… So over I went to Mum and Dad’s house in search of an old family recipe.

It came from Mum’s collection of recipes.

The brandy fruit salad is such a treat and last so well.

What are your family’s Christmas traditions?

Mum’s Cookbook

Cuisine: Christmas
Author: The Life of Clare’s Mum
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  • Large tin of peaches (in juice, not syrup)
  • Large tin of pineapple pieces (in juice, not syrup)
  • 2 tins of lychees
  • 1 tin of black cherries
  • 1 packet of prunes
  • 1 packet of dried apricots.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  1. Drain juices into a saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, bring to the boil, cool and add 1 cup of brandy.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 weeks before initial use, but it is known to keep for up to 6 months.
  4. Serve with ice cream, over Christmas pudding, with brandy custard or with your choice of topping.


8 thoughts on “Mum’s Cookbook

    1. Yep, I’m definitely in need of some stomach stretching, I wont be able to fit enough in there on the day!

  1. We rotate the Christmas hostessing between we three sisters and then divide up the traditional dishes between us and anyone else who is coming. This year we are at my older sister’s place and there will be 24 family members. I usually do the turkey but this year I spat the dummy and said I was fed up with always doing the turkey so I have a salad. How about that for a come down? I had better make it a super duper salad.

    1. What a difference! I can’t wait to see what salad you decide to make! Fair enough about the turkey, you shouldn’t have to do it every year.

  2. We have a hectic Christmas. Breakfast – Tylers parents house, Lunch – Mums feast, Dinner – Dads place for cocktails. Phew! I hope you have an amazing Christmas. I am loving your Mums recipes. I always attempt to steal my Mums but she holds onto it pretty tightly!

    1. I’m sure you could sneak some out from her. I can’t wait to share more of mum’s recipes with you.

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