Our Christmas dinner

Last night, Imre and I hosted our first ever Christmas dinner.  

After a lot of going back and forth, we decided to go for a not so traditional menu. Instead we went with an Italian theme:
Starters: Jamie Oliver's bell pepper & tomato soup with freshly baked bread on the side. (I could only find this recipe in Dutch...)
Main course: Crispy plaice filets with a side of green beans, potato trees and a tomato salsa.
Dessert: Cinnamon ice cream with stewed pears, topped with some chocolate shavings.

After all the dishes magically got clean again (Just kidding. We don't have a dishwasher...) we served tea and coffee with this awesome red velvet bundt cake. I often find cream cheese frosting a tad too sweet, so I reduced the amount of sugar by a cup. It turned out delicious.

The only thing I didn't get to was taking pictures of the actual dinner, and the actual food... Which is kind of a fail for me. But I managed to get a shot of our pre-oven potato tree forest :)

We made everything from scratch, accept the ice cream. It was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it. We started the preparations on Monday, and only had a tiny moment of stress getting the main course on the table before things got cold. All in all we were an awesome team :)
It was so special to have all of our immediate family in one place at the same time. It was the first time that happened, ever. And as a bonus, we don't have to travel anywhere this year, which is, well... the first time ever as well :)

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