HOW TO CATER TO EVERY APPETITE THIS CHRISTMAS
"What better way to ring in the festive season than to open your doors and welcome in the laughter of friends and family?"
FOR MANY, CHRISTMASTIME IS ABOUT GATHERINGS. According to a recent study, research found that families who perform "collective rituals" like communal dinners or decorating the tree, feel closer to one another and experience more enjoyment.
But between work and other commitments, you might be fretting over catering your next Christmas gathering. How do you cater to everyone's dietary preferences?
When we developed our menu for Christmas this year, we made sure to have food options available for every appetite. So read on below and let us help you plan your next Christmas gathering!
For the Vegetarian: Going Green this Christmas
It is becoming more common these days to have a friend or family member who is vegetarian. Whether they are vegetarian by choice or just going green temporarily, we have plenty of options to help you cater to their palate this Christmas. Who says going green has to be boring?
(From top left, clockwise: Chocolate Truffle Squares, Baby French Beans salad with Spicy Thai Dressing, Classic Minced Pies and our Veggie Lovers' Sliders Platter)
Created with 70% dark couverture chocolate and cream, our Chocolate Truffle Squares are the perfect melt-in-your-mouth treat that is subtly sweet and full of antioxidants.
Our lovely light salad features a medley of French beans, sweet peas, garbanzo beans and cherry tomatoes paired with a spicy Thai dressing.
A classic Christmas dessert staple, our minced pies contain a boozy mix of spiced fruits and rum with a crumbly almond tart pastry. For an alcohol-free version: our Frangipane Apricot minced pies pack a mix of almonds, apricots, currants and cranberries into a tender almond pastry crust.
For an appetizing array of petite brioche burgers, try our Veggie Lovers' Slider Platter. We offer four vegetarian fillings, including a veggie tofu patty with plum chutney and our Mushroom Overload patty with brie.
For the Meat Lovers
Despite the increase in veganism in Singapore, you are bound to have a carnivorous friend (or two)! For those looking for a protein-filled punch in their Christmas meal, our selection of meats are sure to satisfy.
(From left: Salami Deli Platter, Rosemary Christmas Turkey and Manuka Glazed Ham & Cheese Tray)
Our Salami Deli Platter features air-dried Hungarian Salami, which has been aged for six weeks. It comes packed with cheeses (Camembert and Parmigiano-Reggiano), onion marmalata chutney and a loaf of walnut bread.
For traditionalists, we offer our Rosemary Christmas Turkey - a succulent roast stuffed with fruit, complete with spiced cranberry strawberry sauce and tasty Turkey gravy. We slow roast the bird with rosemary herbs for four hours, basting it with a butter broth every half hour. It comes with a healthy side of mixed black rice, millet, edamame and mushroom.
Try our Manuka Glazed Ham & Cheese tray, which comes with a pleasing platter of cheeses and cranberry orange chutney. Our ham is nitrate-free and comes with the benefits of Manuka honey for a great tasting platter.
Not Forgetting Other Diets: Gluten-Free Offerings
A DISCLAIMER: our gluten-free suggestions may not be suitable for coeliacs due to the specific food preparatory environment require for coeliacs.
Gluten is a protein found primarily in wheat, barley and rye. Coeliac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder where consumption of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Gluten is found in many foods, and is often a hidden ingredient in many recipes. Unlike coeliac disease, gluten intolerance manifests in symptoms of gassiness, abdominal pain or diarrhea. Head over here for more information about gluten intolerance.
(From top left, clockwise: Sausage platter, Roasted Roots Platter, Chocolate Flourless Truffle log cake, and our Moroccan Roasted Chicken & Golden Pilaf Rice)
Feast on our signature Sausage platter: sun dried tomato sausages, herbed Nürnberger and Pork Bratwurst. Our custom-made sausages are preservative free and come with sweet and sour caramelized sauerkraut, cranberries, Bavarian mustard and Sriracha ketchup. This finger food is great for family gatherings!
What about a side of Roasted Roots? Grilled pumpkin, purple and yellow sweet potatoes served with a maple sage dressing. Such a simple way for you to bring a delicious, gluten-free dish to the table.
For something sweet, our Chocolate Flourless Truffle log cake is a Christmas classic. The moist chocolate sponge cake is coated with a decadent layer of chocolate cream cheese and garnished with berries.
For a less traditional Christmas dish, we recommend our Moroccan Roasted Chicken & Golden Pilaf rice: the turmeric-infused rice is steamed with Moroccan-inspired herbs and spices, topped with roasted chermoula chicken breast and toasted whole almond flakes.
If You Have a Sweet Tooth...
Here's your chance to blow your guests away with a selection of sweet treats to end your meal.
(From top left, clockwise: Christmas Butter Shortbread, Berry Pistachio log cake, Chocolate Matcha Sake Squares, Rustic Chocolate Tiramisu)
Our Christmas Butter Shortbread comes in three flavours: classic butter, green tea marble butter and chocolate marble butter. They come in a box of 48.
You'll find that our limited edition Berry Pistachio log cake is such a lovely sight! The soft pistachio cake is wrapped in a bright pink berry frosting.
A fan favourite, our Chocolate Matcha Sake Squares are made of matcha cookies and dark chocolate truffles. They contain a mix of sake-soaked fruits topped with a layer of white chocolate and green tea lace. They come in a box of 9.
Last but far from the least, the Rustic Chocolate Tiramisu is our take on the classic Italian dessert. The luscious yet light cake is layered with marscapone cream and rum-soaked dark chocolate, topped with a selection of berries.
A Healthier, Fuss-Free Christmas Meal
Here's another reason to consider our suggestions: you can rest assured that by choosing Cedele you are treating your loved ones to a healthier Christmas meal.
At Cedele, we don't want our indulgences to be irresponsible. We choose to use organic unrefined sugar to make sure that our food is as natural and unprocessed as possible. We also don't use any trans fat in our food. Trans fat is hydrogenated vegetable oil used widely in the food industry because of its longer shelf life. Instead, we choose to use extra virgin olive oil and unsalted butter.
STILL FRETTING over your next Christmas gathering? Visit Cedele Market to view all our available options and save your time for the ones that truly matter.