One thing that I miss about living stateside is that the season of festive food starts on Thanksgiving and carries on right through New Year’s. Food and family, trying new recipes, sharing favourite recipes, cookie exchanges, and festive parties. It’s a difficult time of year to be an expat – thankfully over the last couple of years finding some of my favourite festive ingredients like Libby’s pumpkin has become a lot easier.
When Tesco invited us to join in their Festive Food Swap it was a no-brainer. I love to try new recipes and our family is a huge fan of Tesco’s world foods section. So I sent Tesco some of my favourite festive recipes and they sent us a lovely parcel of Christmas goodies from around the world, a recipe to try, & a gift card to buy ingredients.
We haven’t tried everything yet, but I can honestly say the marzipan fruits lasted all of about 5 minutes in our house. Seriously, one minute my vegan Hubby was opening the box and the next the Boy was stealing the last two from him. We’ve also devoured the lebkuchen , half the shortbread, and are working our way through the candy canes.
Tesco matched me up to swap recipes with Kiran at Mummy Says. While she tries out the winter squash and apple bake that reminds me of home, I’ve made her New Zealand Vegetable Kebabs.
Considering that the weather in New Zealand is considerably different England’s during the festive season its not surprising at all to me that barbecued kebabs, trips to the beach, & pavlova are staples of New Zealand Christmas.
While these kebabs definitely mark I change from the sides I usually prepare for Christmas, they were thoroughly delicious. I’m looking forward to making them for family in the US this Christmas. I’ve just got to make sure not to let the cheese get too crispy for the Boy.
I don’t like the crispy bits of cheese. – The Boy
To be honest, I had my apprehensions about using rosemary as skewers, but not only did it work, but it added another layer of flavour to the kebabs. Without further ado, here’s the delicious recipe:
- Red, Yellow, & Green Peppers
- Red Onion
- Halloumi Cheese
- Long Sprigs of Rosemary (or skewers)
- Olive Oil
- Salt Pepper
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Remove the leaves from the rosemary so you are left with just the twigs for skewers.
- Chop the peppers, eggplant, red onion and halloumi.
- Slice the zucchini long ways with a vegetable peeler to make wide ribbon strips.
- Thread the zucchini ribbon strips around the other vegetables and halloumi on the rosemary skewers. (This was tricky!)
- Season your kebabs generously with salt and pepper, sprinkle with olive oil and add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
- Cook the kebabs on the grill plate of the BBQ or under a grill, rotating occasionally until the kebabs have softened.
Are there any recipes that you simply have to make in order for it to feel like Christmas? I’d love to know what you have to have on your table this holiday season.