Last-minute holiday ideas


The seven-hour lamb, for the recipe click here.

Lebanese couscous with lamb shanks and pearl onions, for the recipe click here

Spiced fish, for the recipe click here.

Swiss chard cake, for the recipe click here

Tangerine sorbet, for the recipe click here.

Apricots filled with clotted cream, for the recipe click here.

Shredded phyllo dough with pistachio, for the recipe click here.

Chocolate cake with raspberry mousse, for the recipe click here.

All of these dishes can be prepared ahead so that you can relax and enjoy your family and friends.


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42 Comments

  1. Posted December 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    OMG! One featured dish looks better than the next! I can’t stand it!

  2. Posted December 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    OK I will have the 7 hour lamb, then Swiss chard cake and the Chocolate raspberry mousse cake please! Oh what we have to cook it ourselves ;-) This would make a wonderful menu!

  3. Posted December 23, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks! These are great! They look so impressive you wouldn’t think you could relax and have these amazing dishes on your table!

  4. Posted December 23, 2010 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    WOW, all these look simply delicious ! Wishing you a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all at home.

  5. Posted December 23, 2010 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Lovely ideas! Everything looks gorgeous.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Posted December 23, 2010 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    my holiday spread will look different with all these new ideas. i think i like the lamb and the dessert, but i also love the fish hahah. i can’t make up my mind you see..
    have a great holiday!

  7. Posted December 23, 2010 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Incredible spread, lovely ideas..

  8. Posted December 23, 2010 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Beautiful ideas Joumana. I especially loved the apricots with cream and the shredded phyllo nests with pistachios.

  9. Posted December 23, 2010 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I love that Apricot idea. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  10. Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Hmmmm not sure where I would start with all these lovely recipes, but I have certainly made a note of the Swicc Chard cake as we grow a lot of Swiss Chard when in France. The fish also looks brilliant. Diane

  11. Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    All the best for you dear Joumana…..If I have time, then some of your sweet ideas will be in our Christmas table……Que esta Nochebuena sea de paz y alegria en familia…..hoy y siempre…..Abrazotes, Marcela

  12. Posted December 23, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    all the dishes looks amazing…

  13. Posted December 23, 2010 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Joumana, I’m still in awe of the presentation of the fish dish!

  14. Posted December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    It all looks so wonderful, but I think my husband would just love that lamb!
    *kisses* HH

  15. Posted December 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I love all your recipes but I wish I had some raspberries to make that cake!!
    My best wishes to you and your family for Happy Holidays and may the New Year fulfill all your dreams.

  16. Posted December 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    It all looks fantastic, Joumana! The pistachios and orange sorbet really caught my eye.

  17. Posted December 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I love that pizza. I am a big fan of home made pizzas and this looks great. As for all those incredible looking Christmas treats, well, can I just come over and feast at your place. Very Impressive!
    Have a very Happy Xmas!
    -Doc

  18. Posted December 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Wow, all these dishes look most exquisite! Your Swiss Chard Cake is a work of art. Anyone who gets treated to a meal at your house is truly lucky. Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  19. Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Lovely recipes! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family!

  20. Posted December 24, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Those are some terrific holiday ideas and I definitely love the make-ahead nature of each dish. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season … all the best to you and your family!

  21. Posted December 24, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    That swiss chard cake (we call it silverbeet over here) and the raspberry mousse cake look fantastic. I’m a sucker for raspberries. Yumm…. Merry Christmas

  22. Posted December 24, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    All of these look so wonderful! I don’t think I have time to make them this year, but I will definitely be trying some of them after the holidays!

  23. Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    What beautiful foods! We are still finalizing our menus for the next two days of dining; think I’ll be trying some of these recipe. They all look delicious!

  24. Nadege
    Posted December 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas Joumana!
    Thank you so much for all your fantastic recipes.
    (I have posted “Taste of Beirut” few times on Facebook).

  25. SYLVIA
    Posted December 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    These are show-stopping entrees, and the presentations on them are sure to more than impress your company, these meals were made to serve to a crowd, geusts will rave over your unforgettable holiday menu.
    Joumana, thank you for making my dinners a very pleasant one for me with your unique, and elegant recipes, It sure satisfied every different diet and lifestyle at my gatherings. May you always have good health and all the blessings from God above.

  26. Posted December 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! =D

  27. Posted December 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    All these are adorable! I admire the way you designed that spicy fish, great job! And the lamb dishes look so tempting! We are great fan of lamb here!

  28. Posted December 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow all these dishes are gorgeous. I especially love the fish, it is really stunning. I need to make that asap!!

  29. Posted December 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    With great food and preparations like these…I’d go to your restaurant opening any time ;o)
    Great meals and certainly desserts I’ll have to come and grab from you a little later ;o)

    Joumana, here’s wishing you a great holiday and all you desire for the year ahead.

    Your foodie friend,
    Claudia

  30. Posted December 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    The lamb must be so delicious after 7 hrs of cooking! And love that fish with lemony scales :)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  31. Posted December 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful & inspirational holiday recipe line up. That fish with all of the lemons is beautiful. I can only imagine when it is presented for real at the holiday table. Happy Holidays friend :) XO

  32. Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Such a wonderful range of recipes to suit every palette, I am so impressed by the sheer breadth of the recipes you feature here. Is your family lucky or what!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011.
    Sandhya.

  33. Posted December 25, 2010 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Wow! Swiss chard cake? I’ve never seen anything like that before.
    I bet you have an amazing spread planned for Christmas. Happy holidays!

  34. Posted December 25, 2010 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    All are so visually stunning, who cares what they taste like! (kidding of course.) That Lebanese couscous looks like Israeli couscous. Are they the same?

  35. Joumana
    Posted December 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    @LentilBreakdown: Couscous in Lebanon is a bigger grain than in Morocco and is made with semolina; I have seen also couscous from Jordan called maftool made with wheat. Since I have never had the Israeli couscous, I don’t know if it is made of wheat or semolina.

  36. Posted December 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Wow…and I mean, WOW! Love the swiss chard cake and the apricots – they look heavenly!

  37. Posted December 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Joumana, this post is a feast for the eyes and kitchen creativity. And I love that desserts outnumber main courses. Happy Holidays, and thanks for the many delicious gifts and stories you share throughout the year!

  38. Posted December 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Hello, je découvre ton blog grâce à ta visite chez COOK PARADISE…
    Je suis fan de ces petites bouchées apéritives tels que tes abricots, je continue ma visite
    En attendant de te lire, je te souhaite une belle semaine d’avant 2011
    Bise, Valéri€

  39. Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Merci de ton passage qui m’a permis de découvrir ton magnifique blog!
    Tout plein de belles recettes à découvrir.
    A bientôt
    Carine

  40. Posted December 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Very inspiring blog. Thanks

  41. Posted December 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Great ideas, I would like to taste this tangerine sorbet in first place :)

  42. Posted December 28, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    These are all gorgeous dishes, and I am in-love with the Shredded phyllo dough with pistachio…Beautiful!
    Hope you have had a wonderful Holiday!

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