Simple Starters for Christmas Day

This year, as we are getting a little older, a starter seems like a good idea. Before when the kids were young, we use to just about get them to the table, after dragging them away from their Christmas presents before they gobbled their dinner and shot off again to build the taj mahal out of lego!

I’m going to attempt a cupcake made of brioche, with a topping of whipped chicken liver pate.  I’ll let you know how I get on!

  • Something light but tasty to get the gastric juices flowing is a simple salad with black pudding and apple. To make it really special, stick a scallop on top!


150g smoked salmon

200g tub soft cheese (I use Philadelphia)

1 tablespoon crème fraîche, only if you have some

juice half a lemon

small bunch of chives, chopped


Chop the salmon into small pieces. Tip the soft cheese, crème fraîche (if using) and lemon juice into a food processor, season generously with black pepper and blitz to your liking. Add the smoked salmon and pulse a few times if you want the paté chunky or blitz some more if you want the paté smooth and pink.

Stir the herbs into the paté and spoon into a large or four smaller bowls and serve with warm toast as a starter or with breadsticks as a dip.

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