Hope you all had lovely Holidays.  I cannot say the same, as we had to spend a whole day in hospital on Wednesday, after my son had a stomach virus and then on Christmas day my husband caught it as well but thank God it only lasted for a few days and they are beginning to feel much better.  Our Christmas presents are still under the tree as no one was in the mood of opening them on Christmas day.  My son was planning to do his shopping the day he got ill, so he did not manage to buy all his presents, so we have decided to open them on New Year’s Day.

I still brined and stuffed a turkey for Christmas although we had lots of leftover for the next day.

We sort of celebrated Christmas today as it was the first day the whole family was feeling like eating so I made a few special treats for them.   All the following recipes are my concoctions, except the tyropitakia, although they also had a tweak.  If you would like any of the recipes I would gladly e-mail them to you.

Before today’s recipes, I made this recipe last weekend and have used turkey mince which I sauteed and you can see most of the ingredients I used in the collage.  I then wrapped the cooked minced meat in a provencal galette pastry and baked it.  I decorated it with pastry Christmas trees and a pink peppercorn on top.    The ingredients used in my recipe is for two roulades.  You can always add half the ingredients but I am of the opinion that if you can freeze food, as in this case, you save time and money by making it once and have more time for your family or for yourself.

I made a similar roulade today but I made a different phyllo similar to kourou which is a phyllo with butter and yoghurt. The minced meat was not cooked but as I said I usually make more quantities and freeze them and in this case I had some turkey burgers ready which I used. Again I made a roulade but with a different approach as it was filled with boiled eggs, smoked turkey fouantre and some Greek cheeses.

I made more phyllo and used it to make kourou tyropitakia with two different cheeses (mini cheese pies).

Last but not least I made a special baklavas and I believe that no one else has made anything similar before.  It has three kinds of nuts in it, the usual spices and after baking it I dipped it in chocolate.  There is nothing special to what I have described above but apart from the nuts I have used another unusual ingredient in the filling which makes all the difference and made a totally different syrup which you can see in the picture that it is pink.    I would not like to reveal these ingredients in the post for obvious reasons.

I am not sure whether I will post again before the end of the year so I am sending you my best wishes for Happy holidays and all the best for the upcoming New Year with lots of tasty food and good health to enjoy them.

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30 Comments on We celebrated Christmas today!!

  1. Peter G says:

    Sorry to hear about your family's virus! It looks like you have been experimenting a lot in the kitchen though. I'm still using the Provencal pastry to make pites though!

  2. Peter says:

    Ivy, perastika to your husband and son. Have to be very careful these days…too many super-bugs.

    The rolo and pastry look fab and the strifti baklava is surely gone by now. As for chocolate coated baklava, it has been done before but we can anticipate your version too!

  3. These all look scrumptious, Ivy! I hope you had a wonderful celebration at last. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. Lori says:

    I hope you are feeling better… all of you. I always worry about the kids getting sick for Christmas. All that anticipation and thent he let down.

    Everything looks so delcious here.

  5. yasmeen says:

    Sorry to hear about sickness in the family.Glad they are starting to feel better.Hope you have blessed time rest of the holidays.Those are some delectable pastries.

  6. Rosa says:

    What gorgeous food! so yummy looking!

    Merry christmas, Ivy!



  7. What else can I say but AMAZING!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year, with lots of blessings,

  8. Thanks very much to all of you for your kind words and wishes.

  9. natalia says:

    Ciao Ivy ! I’m sorry about this virus ! Hope nobody else will get it ! Your dishes are wonderful ! I have some phyllo in the fridge I hace to use soon so I’ll search through your site !!Baci a tutti !

  10. Liz says:

    It sounds like you are all feeling a bit better now. I hope so. My son and I caught a nasty stomach bug about a month ago. It must be making the rounds! I really like the look of the meat roll with the eggs in! Looks delicious.

  11. alison says:

    gorgeus your food ,ivy!a lot of healthy for you and your family!

  12. Cakelaw says:

    Hope your husband and son are feeling much better. What a fabulous Chriustmas feast – well worth wiaitng for. Merry Xmas to you and your family Ivy.

  13. 1.gravatar.com/avatar/14095dc6b15e44563a73b9e0675fd6ae?s=64&r=g 2x" class="avatar avatar-32 photo" height="32" width="32" style="min-width: 32px; max-width: 32px; " orig_min_width="empty" orig_max_width="empty" orig_width="32" >Joan Nova says:

    I particularly like that turkey mince roulade. You sure do a lot of baking!
    Best wishes for good health and happiness to you and your family in the new year.

  14. maria says:

    I hope everyone is feeling much better … and may you enjoy the coming days in good health! Those look like lovely dishes Ivy.

  15. Giff says:

    Merry Christmas Ivy, and I hope everyone is feeling better over there. The sickies are getting back on their feet in our house, finally!

  16. heni says:

    I hope your son and husband get better. Here also stomach virus going around, everyone thinking it is swine flu but it's not. But looks like you all did have nice Christmas belated … the roulade looks festive and delicious! We also had a turkey roulade … but I just took turkey thighs pounded it out and placed bread stuffing then rolled it. Yours looks so creative and interesting. I will def remember your method next time I have turkey around. Also the spiral (or snake) baklava is great … similar to Mhencha spiral baklava done here … but truly your speacial chocolate baklava is devine: You are culinary genius Ivy! Love everything as usual Ivy .. wishing you sucess, happiness; health in 2010 … and of course more recipes!
    Happy belated gift opening to you and the family! =)

  17. Perastika ston andra sou kai to gio sou! Pantos to gevma sou prpei na tous apozimiose gia tin talaiporia pou perasan. Polles polles efhes gia to neo hrono… tha ta poume kai apo konta!

  18. Good to know that they feel okay now and finally have appetite for some good food.
    Best Wishes for the year 2010!

  19. Oh my goodness, Ivy! I am so glad to hear that everyone in your family is feeling better! I am sure that tasting all that wonderful food helped to lift spirits! Happy Holidays!

  20. 1.gravatar.com/avatar/d16663d88d1492c3dc28e1d541f5c84c?s=64&r=g 2x" class="avatar avatar-32 photo" height="32" width="32" style="min-width: 32px; max-width: 32px; " orig_min_width="empty" orig_max_width="empty" orig_width="32" >Erica says:

    I hope they are feeling better now!!!! Wow! Wonderful dishes…….Happy new year!

  21. Glad to hear that they are now feeling well. Everything you prepared looks delicious. Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year.

    • 1.gravatar.com/avatar/d67161cfcd87790848a83ee12bfdf6ec?s=64&r=g 2x" class="avatar avatar-32 photo" height="32" width="32" style="min-width: 32px; max-width: 32px; " orig_min_width="empty" orig_max_width="empty" orig_width="32" >Nadjibella says:

      Ivy mon amie, je suis sincèrement désolée pour tous les désagréments que vous avez rencontrés en cette période de Noël.
      Tout s'est bien terminé et tu nous as offert quelques recettes somptueuses.
      J'en prends note.
      A bientôt et très bonne année 2010.

  22. elly says:

    Merry Christmas, Ivy! Sorry to hear your family was sick on Christmas day, what horrible timing. The food looks delicious, as usual. Hope you have a happy & healthy New Year!

  23. jswching says:

    Great dishes!!! Wish you a very happy and exciting year 2010 ahead of you!

  24. Karine says:

    I hope everyone is feeling better!!

    Your baklavas look sensational

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  25. I especially loved your roulade. I really must try it. All the best to you for the New Year

  26. fimère says:

    Happy New Year I will offer my best wishes for happiness and success
    next year

  27. Glad to hear you nurse everyone back to good health! Wishing you a great 2010 filled with fun and good health!

  28. fimère says:

    belles photos et des bonnes recettes
    à bientôt

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