Tranquil holidays with Novy's Christmas dinner menu

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas…

The holidays are coming. Family, friends, a good drink and fine food are key to a successful evening. And we’d like to offer you a hand with the ‘fine food’ part. Our best advice: Don’t attempt to do anything too difficult in the kitchen this year. With simple, tasty food and the right materials, you will be able to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests. We like to keep the food light and healthy anyway so that no-one – except for Santa – is going home with a bloated feeling. Just put on ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ and you will be ready to discover Novy’s ultimate Christmas dinner menu.

Here are some useful tips to make sure things run smoothly:

  • Always start by turning on your Novy cooker hood. It will perform the hard work in the background and will do so in utter silence. This enables you to follow a conversation in a peaceful and quiet way. In addition, the Novy monoblock filter allows for the cooker hood to absorb all unpleasant smells that might occur while, for example, baking a delicious piece of fish.
  • Make a to-do list in advance and sort your tasks by course.
  • Appoint someone as your head waiter/waitress. This must be a person you trust – and someone who can tell when another person needs a refill.
  • Whoever cooks, gets a free pass from doing the dishes. No matter the kind of party. This is a golden rule that should never be broken. Draw lots to decide who’s going to help you out.
  • Draw up a playlist in advance. Spotify has some great lists that are perfectly suited for dinner parties.

Ready, set, go!

We’ll start off with a delicious rhubarb-raspberry lemonade. Sweet, sour, festive and alcohol-free. Responsible drivers and abstainers deserve to indulge in a delicious aperitif just as much as everyone else. For those who do like to consume alcohol: a dash of gin is the perfect addition to this lemonade.

 

What do you serve as an aperitif? And how to avoid that your guests stuff themselves with appetizers when there still plenty of food to come?

A good rule would be to keep to a maximum of six appetizers. A few warm ones and a few cold ones. And yes, a bowl of crisps does count as an appetizer. Don’t forget to put colourful napkins on the table – and an extra bowl in case your guests need to dispose of olive pits or other waste. We will provide you with two easy appetizers which can be prepared up to a day in advance. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the combinations. You can put different bowls with vegetables on the table, allowing people to make their own spring roll. Lots of fun guaranteed!

 

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a hot or a cold starter, you can never add enough colour or vegetables to either of them. During these dark winter days, a bit of colour and some vitamins will do you a world of good. Is soup considered a tradition at your dinner party? If so, remember to present the cold starter first, then the soup, and then the warm starter. Since these starters are bursting with vegetables, it’s best to provide a little extra. Chances are your guests will love it and ask for another helping.

 

Variety is the spice of life. For once we leave the traditional turkey, stews and croquettes behind. For the main course we have taken inspiration from two other cuisines, opting for real comfort food. It’s the kind of food that does not require you to perform a miracle in the kitchen – it will satisfy hungry stomachs and capture hearts. If you opt for Asian food, you can slurp some noodles. This dish is 100 per cent vegetarian, but you might as well try and add some delicious teriyaki salmon to it.

Or if you prefer Italian cuisine, you might go for a fancy lasagne with seasonal vegetables. This recipe does not include meat or fish. However, if you, nonetheless, want to add one of those ingredients, you might want to add some slices of pancetta – you can never do wrong with pancetta.

 

All good dinner parties must come to an end. Luckily, there is still the sweet conclusion to erase the bitter taste of that. There is something for everyone. There is ice cream, there is chocolate, there is fruit – and there is a combo of the three. But most importantly: it’s an easy recipe. You don’t have to be a kitchen prince or princess to end the evening in style. A cup of coffee and Mariah Carey sounding from the speakers. Really, what more does a dinner party need?  

These recipes and tips will ensure a successful Christmas season. Enjoy – and our best wishes!

I won't ask for much this Christmas
I won't even wish for snow, and I
I just wanna keep on cooking
Underneath
my Novy Hood Ho-Ho-Ho

 

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