Last week was busy in sooo many ways. Not only was I ill with a bug and asthma but I also had to finalize my work before going on leave. Now that the holidays are here and my Christmas planning is done I can get back into my blog. First up is my Menu Plan for this week. We are having my Husbands family over to celebrate on Christmas Eve so this will be our main Christmas meal. My Sister and her family will be popping in to visit on Christmas Day. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of ham leftover so Saturday will be a leftovers day, and something different will be done with the ham on Sunday.
T-Bone Steak with Garden Salad
Sausage and Tomato Pasta
Fish with Vegetable Medley
Baking for Friday: Coconut Ice, Rum Balls, White Christmas
Friday Christmas Eve
Honey and Marsala Glazed Ham
Garlic and Herb BBQ Prawns
Rotisserie BBQ Chicken
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard
Saturday Christmas Day
Leftovers and Salad
Sunday Boxing Day
Ham Fritters and Potato Salad
my recipe to try this week – Honey and Marsala Glazed Ham
(from Better Homes and Gardens)
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 1 hour
8kg leg of ham
1½ cups honey
½ cup Marsala
1. Preheat oven 180°C. Line a large roasting pan with 2 sheets of baking paper. Remove the rind from the ham by first running your thumb around the edge under the rind at the widest end to loosen. Gently pull it back in 1 piece towards the shank. Using a sharp knife, cut through the rind around the shank 10-12cm from the end, cutting in a decorative pattern. Remove the rind and discard.
2. Using a sharp knife, score a diamond pattern over the surface of the ham, cutting about 4mm into the flesh. Put 1 clove in the center of each diamond shape. Put the honey and Marsala in a small heavy-based pan over a low heat. Stir until combined. Remove from the heat.
3. Put the ham in the prepared pan, then spoon over the honey mixture. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until the ham is golden and heated through. If the ham colors too much during cooking, cover loosely with foil. Stand for 10 minutes. Transfer ham to a large platter, cut into slices and serve.
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Have a very Merry Christmas!
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