It’s that time of year again! Hustle & bustle, twinkly lights and great excitement is all around us. We are overjoyed that holidays are almost here but are absolutely exhausted from the manic gift buying and endless end-of-year events. It’s all just too much! Sadly, we can find ourselves wishing away this special time of year because of the stress it seems to cause.
My advice to you this year is to keep it simple. You don’t need to buy everyone ten or even five presents! One or two well-chosen, quality gifts will do. You also don’t need to produce enough food to feed an army! A few tasty and nutritious dishes are all you need to make your Christmas meal a success. And please, please delegate! Don’t take it all on yourself. If Christmas is at yours, give everyone a job to do or a dish to make.
My Christmas This Year
Christmas for us this year is going to be a low key, far more relaxed celebration. We’ve already had way too much excitement over the past six months. In June this year, we moved from our stable city life in London to a quaint little village in the wild forests of West Sussex. It’s been a wonderful move for us and we absolutely love the fresh, unpolluted air and the space that living in the country affords!
Having said this, the move has stretched us (really quite thin) in almost every imaginable area of our lives. New is good but too much new is just plain overwhelming! It’s been an adjustment of note and even after six months, we are still far from sorted. (Which I have now made peace with!)
On top of all the moving stress, I started a new teaching job with a hefty commute. To be honest, it’s been slightly soul destroying. I completely forgot how draining and all consuming a full time job can be! However, I’ve learned a huge amount about myself, personal organisation (with so little time, being super organised is an absolute must!) and gratitude in the midst of such turmoil.
Amazingly, I have managed to remain healthy and my MS diet way of life has remained intact. I’ll be sharing my daily meal planning routine in another post!
This year, I’m embracing Christmas with a delicate touch. Pure and simple is my theme. I want to focus on the meaningful – the reason why we celebrate Christmas, and the important – precious time with my family. I can’t wait to play Monopoly for hours on end and snuggle on the sofa watching Christmas movies!
For Christmas recipes this year, I’ll be reposting the videos I filmed last year. I fully intended on delivering new, exciting and creative recipes to your inbox but time just has not been on my side. So, I do hope you enjoy these again! I’ll be putting up one day over the next three days to give you some delicious ideas!
The first recipe is Salmon & Pesto Parcels. Hope you enjoy!
Salmon & Pesto Parcels
1 large courgette/zucchini
2 salmon fillets
5 cherry tomatoes (halved lengthwise)
A sprinkle of Himalayan Salt
For the Pesto:
28g fresh basil
1 garlic clove
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 Tablespoon lemon Juice
A pinch of Himalayan Salt
1 handful cashew nuts (I edited these little beauties out of the video by mistake!)
5 Tablespoons hot water
2 Tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
Start by making the pesto. Add all the ingredients to your food processor and whizz them up to your desired texture. I like mine quite smooth but it’s also quite nice when you can still crunch on the cashew pieces.
Prepare two medium sized square pieces of foil and commence with the layering! Start by slicing your zucchini into thin strips, about the length of your salmon fillets.
Place your salmon fillets over your zucchini and spoon your pesto over the top quite thickly.
Last of all, place your halved cherry tomatoes on top of the pesto and wrap the parcels tightly in the foil.
Bake at 200C/400F for 10 minutes. Let the salmon parcels sit for a further 5 minutes before opening and serving.
Serve with a drizzle of left over pesto on the side!
Stay tuned for the ‘Banoffee Pie’ Recipe tomorrow!