Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Brunch

Just like every year I prepared very simple brunch for Christmas. It is normally some light finger food. This way I don't have to spend too much time slogging in the kitchen doing cooking, baking and then washing up. After lunch we can just sit back and relax next to the fireplace and watching TV or just being together. Here are some of the foods I prepared for the family and share some with our good neighbor Nancy.

Seafood Tarts

Spinach Rolls

Meat Puffs

Light Japanese Fruitcake

Chocolate Cake


Anonymous said...

Gertrude, you call this spread simple food? I call this the 5 star hotel buffet!!!! ANd you will see me first in line when this type of spread is lying on the table.

I believe you can pack all these in a picnic basket too right? especially when you make your way to bandar sg long! he he he


Zue Murphy said...

Gert, this is very decadant finger food spread.the spinach rolls look very yummy.

vanillasugarblog said...

Oh those meat puffs I must make...hubby would devour those.
You got a Canon too? Awesome! So much to learn with running a new camera. I call it fun learning though.

Cat Cat said...

Wow, that's one good spread of food. Too bad we are living too far away... Your neighbors are lucky... :D

Cathy said...

Your brunch is beautiful. I especially like the spinach rolls. Everything else looks delicious too.

Rita Ho said...


That is NOT a simple spread, Gert. Goodness, if I had to churn those plates out of my kitchen for one brunch, I won't be sitting back to relax but on a stretcher on the way to the ER!

Elin Chia said...

Gert, that was a wonderful christmas brunch you had prepared. Haha this christmas we ate out most of the time. Can share your light japanese fruitcake recipe? ^ *

Happy Holidays!!

Beachlover said...

what a delightful spread you had there..I admire your light japanese fruit cake.Are you using chiffon cake method to make that cake?

Anonymous said...

Hi Gert,

The Light Japanese fruit cake looks like it has a soft texture like the chiffon cake. Wonder if you mind sharing the recipe... would like to try it for Chinese New year.

Regards Mima

Nate @ House of Annie said...

What kind of meat went into the meat puffs? Did you do the puff pastry yourself?

pigpigscorner said...

Great variety of finger foods! The seafood tart looks yummy =)

ICook4Fun said...

Wiz, nanti I balik kita buat picnic together :) :)

Zue, thank you.

Dawn, ha ha it will be fun learning how to use the new camera :)

Cat, when are you bringing the girls to visit me?

Cathy, thank you.

Rita, how was your Christmas? Its not that difficult. I bake the cakes a day before and for the spinach rolls and meat puffs I just used the store bought pastries.

Elin, how was your Christmas? About the Japanese fruitcake, I don't have the recipe. Someone gave me a small packet of Japanese sponge cake mix and all i have to do is add 2 eggs and melted butter and some dried fruits to it.

Lesley, I didn't bake the cake from scratch :)

Mima, so sorry. I don't have a recipe for that. Someone gave me a small packet of Japanese cake mix and I used that.

Annie, I used 'char siew' and the pastry is just frozen roti canai.

Pigpig, thank you.

Big Boys Oven said...

hahahahha that can last me till new year! talking about new year, we wanna wish you an awesome new year and a fantastic 2009!

Anonymous said...

It's really a good idea to have finger food as Christmas brunch! I have yet hosted any Christmas lunch/dinner but I would image how much work it involves!!
I am going to host a New Year's Eve dinner.. and I have exactly the same idea - to prepare finger food/canapes... as it won't take too much of time to prepare!

Salt N Turmeric said...

5 items do not fall under simple category! lol. That light japanese fruitcake looks yummy but id have it w/o the fruits. cant wait for the recipe!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow Gert, I want to go to your brunch, look so yummy.

Noob Cook said...

What a lot of yummy food for Christmas! I particularly love the seafood tarts ;D

Elin Chia said...

Hi Gert,

Xmas was good coz for once people cook I eat..haha and needless to say having a wonderful time with my Piggies coz they are off till Jan 4th 2009 :)

I am on leave till Jan you can imagine how nice..get to sleep in for once :)

Guess you too are having a wonderful time with ur family. Hmmm all those nice food being displayed..makes me wanna be your neighbour ^ *

You so clever, use the roti canai as your puffs :) can curi your idea :0

Anonymous said...

That is really a great ideal! Your finger food looked so delicious! I should learn from you so that I can have a really peaceful and joyful eating session.
Happy New Year!

ICook4Fun said...

BBO, Happy New Year to the both of you too!

Leemei, I like fingerfood as I can prepare most of it ahead of time and on the party day you can relax :)

Farina, sorry I tak ada the Jap fruitcake recipe. Its from a mix :)

LCOM, thank you.

Noobcook, thank you.

Elin, its nice to have someone cook for you for a change :)Do try using the frozen roti canai for you baking. It turn out really good. By the way, Happy New Year to you and your family!

Limpepsi, I always prepare this kind of food for Christmas and New Yeara so that I can relax. Thanksgiving is a different story. I will cook the whole day in the kitchen :) Happy New Year to you too!

Maureen Reynolds said...

It all looks delicious, and I'd love to have the spinach roll recipe. In fact since I live in MD, how bout I just come up and we make some!! ;-)

ICook4Fun said...

Maureen, thanks for your kind comment. I will post the spinach roll recipe soon. Yea, let me know when you are around this area and we can do this together ;-)

Anonymous said...

Gert, wah meriahnya your Christmas Celebration..rajinnya masak..every single dish looks tempting!! *drool*

pingmouse said...

im salivating already! Im late but merry xmas and happy new year :) Gert the Jap fruitcaker looks lovely, something which I will eat (not a fan of fruitcake). Can share recipe?

ICook4Fun said...

Ummi, tak lah meriah sangat. Wish I get to celebrate it with my family kat malaysia too.

Pingmouse, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you too. Sorry, I don't have the recipe as I made it from a ready mix.

minibaker said...

i would also like to make the spinach rolls this christmas. would like a trial run to see if the children like it. can i have the recipe soon please? Really enjoy your blog and follow daily to see what i can try! thanks in advance. my