December 24, 2020

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A Helping Hand this Christmas: Recipes and Decorating Ideas

In charge of Christmas planning? We can help you make it special with fabulous food and festive decorating ideas for your table.

We want you to focus on what matters this Christmas, magical moments together and great food. Here we share with you recipes for a superb starter and a showstopping main that will allow you to serve delicious Christmas food whilst spending time with your loved ones.

As for decorating your home during the holiday season, you can choose everything from a well-decorated mantelpiece to a dinner table that’s spruced up with standout centrepieces. Prepare your table in style and discover unique and elegant decor ideas with these natural and inexpensive suggestions adding a touch sparkle to your dining table. Make sure this year’s celebration is your best yet.

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Residence N R3.60 from Gamadecor

 

Impressive Dishes to Add to Your Christmas Dinner Menu

The best moments of the Christmas season are those afternoons in front of the fire, cooking delicious dishes to later enjoy with the family and what better way to do it than with one of the top chefs in Madrid, Cristina Oria. 

Exclusively for PORCELANOSA, Cristina has prepared two classic dishes to add to your Christmas dinner menu: an Avocado and Tomato Tartar, and a Duck Magret with shallots and Port sauce. Why not have a go? Here’s the list of ingredients and the step-by-step recipe to follow:

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Avocado and tomato tartar

 

Ingredients:

1 avocado

80 grams of smoked salmon

2 tomatoes

1 fresh coriander bouquet

1 fresh dill bouquet

Juice from ½ lemon or lime

Tabasco

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  • Peel the tomatoes, remove the central part and the seeds and cut them into small squares of similar size.
  • Do the same with the avocado and squeeze some of the lemon over to preserve it.
  • Prepare the dressing by mixing extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, chopped coriander and a few drops of Tabasco, salt and pepper.
  • Remove the black part of the smoked salmon and mix it with oil and chopped dill so that it marinates.
  • Cristina recommends the use of a cooking ring to get a professional result. Put a tomato base, then the avocado and finally the salmon.

 

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Cristina Oria prepares a delicious Avocado and Tomato Tartar, with dill and salmon dressing in the emotions 6.90 kitchen from Gamadecor. The first course of an exquisite Christmas menu.

 

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Duck Magret with shallots and Port sauce

 

Ingredients:

1 Magret of duck (breast)

½ glass of Port wine

2 tablespoons of raspberry jam or raspberry coulis

1 teaspoon of Modena vinegar

8 shallots

Sea salt and pepper

Preparation:

  • Score the fat of the duck using the tip of the knife (the white part) creating diamond shapes, do not cut through to the meat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Place a pan on the fire without oil and when it is hot, place the duck skin side down until it browns. It is very important that it gets crispy as this is what differentiates a good Magret from a regular one. It will take about ten minutes to brown, but don’t forget to move the pan so that it doesn’t stick.
  • When it is golden brown, turn it over and cook the other side for about 2 minutes. This side won’t take as long. Take it out of the frying pan and leave it in a container to rest.
  • Finely dice the shallots and cook them on a medium heat in the same pan where the duck has released the fat.
  • When it is transparent, add the port and the Modena vinegar. Leave it to reduce for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the raspberry jam, mix well and cook for a couple more minutes (if the sauce has reduced, pour in a small glass of chicken broth).
  • Cut the Magret into very thin slices and serve it seasoned with the sea salt.
  • Place the sauce in a separate saucepan or pour it directly on top according to your taste.

 

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Cristina has prepared a delicious second course for Christmas dinner. Duck Magret with shallots and Port sauce, an original, sophisticated and very simple dish to make following Cristina’s recipe.

 

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Setting the perfect Christmas dining table

 

Even though Christmas might be looking a little different this year, we say it’s still important to make sure your table is dressed to impress. The dinner table is the heart of the festivities. It’s where glasses are raised, crackers are pulled, and a hearty meal is shared so it’s important to set the scene with a showstopping seasonal display.

The designer and table dresser, Andrea Zarraluqui, shares three simple tips with us for setting the table on Christmas Eve:

  • Always use a unified chromatic range, without any stridencies.
  • Pay attention to detail. The dishes are essential, but the crockery, table linen and cutlery are also important. Everything has its own place at a good table.
  • Put the finishing touches on your table with a floral arrangement or some twigs. A fresh green touch always adds a natural feel to the most cared for tables.

 

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Andrea proposes to decorate the table with his “Junco” dinner set, made with high-quality porcelain, and an elegant and versatile design with a golden edge that gives it that touch of sophistication that is so popular for Christmas tables.

 

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Giving a floral touch to the centerpiece

 

To give a floral touch to the table centerpiece, the florist Sally Hambleton suggests making flower arrangements using plants that will last the holidays, such as cyclamens, paired with other deciduous plants that bring a touch of colour, such as tulips, hydrangeas or amaryllis.

Holly, Mistletoe, Ilex, Spanish firs, etc. should also be present. To give it a more intimate, wintery Christmas feel, use tree trunks and firewood mixed with the colourful tones of roses and tulips, they’ll make us breathe Christmas just by seeing, and smelling them.

These are the three essential tips that Sally Hambleton recommends to give the definitive touch to the Christmas table with floral decorations.

  • Choose a wonderful vase. I love mirror effect vases like the ones I have chosen for the PORCELANOSA emotions E7.30 kitchen.
  • Green is essential. With a good green and a little colour, using some fruit or flowers, you will truly achieve a Christmas effect.
  • Trust your local florist, the professionals will always advise you on the best choice.

 

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Sally Hambleton’s floral proposal for the holidays, in PORCELANOSA’s emotions E7.30 kitchen. A composition of long-lasting plants such as cyclamens, with other deciduous plants that provide a touch of colour like tulips, hydrangeas or amaryllis.

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