Christmas Eve

Today is Christmas eve and I am preparing for tomorrow.  We will do Christmas with my daughter and her husband.  I have to make appetizers and a dessert.  I have made Nanaimo Bars and have prepared  for Chicken Tikka  Pita Pockets, Vegetable Samosas and Vietnamese rolls.  For dessert I have my Carrot Cake, a platter of cookies, Fruit cake and Nanaimo bars.

Chicken Tikka Pita Pockets:  These little pita pockets are great for appetizers.  You can fill them up with anything you like, Taco meat, Souvalaki meat, and Daal bhajias are a few examples.  You can also use the larger pita bread and fill them with a salad and  some meat and serve it for lunch.

Chicken Tikka is a chicken dish served in Indian and Pakistani cuisine.  It originated in Pakistan in the state of Sind.  It is popular in countries all over the world.  It is traditionally small pieces of boneless chicken baked using skewers, in a clay-based oven called a tan door, after marinating in spices.

The word tikka means bite.  It can be cooked on a BBQ .

Samosa is a stuffed, deep fried snack that is very popular in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Southwest Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean, and Africa.  It is a triangle shell with a savoury filling, which may include spiced vegetables, lentils, meat or chicken.  Samosas are served as an appetizer or a light lunch with salad.   It is served with Tamarind chutney or lemon wedge.   Samosas are widely available in Indian restaurants and snack-bars in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.

Vietnamese salad rolls are made with rice paper.  They are filled with prawns, vegetable, herbs and rice vermicelli.   They are served at room temperature and not fried.  It is listed at number 30 on worlds 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.   I have made mine with chicken and Vegetables and I will serve it as an appetizer.  You can use the large rice paper and serve it as lunch.  This is served with peanut sauce.

Nanaimo Bars

The Nanaimo bar is a dessert of Canadian origin popular across North America. The Nanaimo bar is a bar cookie which requires no baking, and is named after the West-Coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer, topped by a layer of light vanilla or custard flavored butter icing, which is covered in chocolate made from melted chocolate squares. Many varieties are possible by using different types of crumb, flavors of icing (e.g. mint, peanut butter), and types of chocolate. Two popular variations on the traditional Nanaimo bar involve mint flavored icing or mocha flavored icing.

Chicken Tikka Pita Pockets

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1 thought on “Christmas Eve

  1. Thanks – this is a lovely site with recipes that sound delicious…I can’t wait to try them! I also love the photos – it is helpful to see pictures of the finish product before embarking on the cooking!

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