I grew up in Asia and usually my family had a lunch/dinner together without being specifically get a Christmas menu. This year, being away from home and family, me and my 2 housemates are planning to have a homemade Christmas lunch. It's a plan with short notice as initially we plan to dine out but finally decided to save money and home-cooking are more enjoyable. We are planning for a soup, an appetizer, a main dish, a dessert, and maybe wine or some other drink.
What we don't know is whether there are any specific food or ingredient that make it so "Christmas". For example, I notice that most of the mains consists of roasts (meat, chicken or ham). What about fish like salmon? I'm currently in charge of selecting menu and I'm quite specific to make it very "Christmas". Although fish can be an option, but if it's not so "Christmas", I will choose other option. Also it seems cranberry sauce is a common ingredients. Kind explanation is greatly appreciated!
The second question is the menu idea itself. Most Christmas recipe I browsed caters for a family. Our kitchen is small. We have small but enough equipments to cater food for 3. There is a small oven toaster enough to roast some small batch of meat or chicken, a hand blender comes with whisk attachment, and a food processor. Being said that, the dessert must be a no-bake one, I guess. Also, I'm not sure whether oven toaster can bake wellington well enough.. There is only another 2 days to prepare, so we greatly appreciate any advises.
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