Come dine with us and our posse of little Xmas helpers,
Funnyman Bernard O’Shea, little xs for eyes, What Richard Did star Sam Keeley and Ham Sandwich concoct a weird but strangely satisying Christmas dinner. So wrong, but so right. Oisin Davis and Aoife McElwain of The Ticket’s foodie columns Booking the Cook
CHRISTMAS traditions are as varied and diverse as the choccies in our selection boxes. Activities can range from chilly dips in the sea, to all-day pyjama fests. One man’s mulled wine, is another man’s egg nog. Couch commandos will wage war in the It’s a Wonderful Life vs Die Hard Battle Royale. And while we may all unite over the pleasures of indulging in all things edible, there are myriad ways that one can bring on the Yuletide-induced food coma.
With such a deep well of potential material to dig into, we decided it would be fun to see what some of our favourite bands, comedians and actors get up to for the holidays and what food and drink they would serve for the all-important Chrimbo dinner feast. Each had to share with us a different dish or beverage so that we could have a complete meal consisting of a cocktail, starter, main and dessert.
A private dining room in a Dublin city-centre restaurant was booked, so that we could assemble and inspire our crack team of festive merry makers. Over a few glasses of fizz, comedian Bernard O’Shea, actor Sam Keeley and indie pop acts Ham Sandwich and little xs for eyes chatted about all things Christmassy.
Perhaps it was the corny jumpers and party hats, or maybe the aforementioned bubbly, but there was definite lunacy in that gathering. When not wrapping themselves in fairy lights, there were in depth discussions had about DIY novelty under garments made entirely out of household items. Other incidents and chats went down which ought to remain unpublicised, but to be fair to all involved, the best bits from that session were indeed the recipes. Here they are in all their glory, everything you need for an alternative Christmas blowout.
From left: little xs for eyes’ Davy Moor, Bennie Reilly and Michelle Considine; Podge McNamee and Niamh Farrell from Ham Sandwich; Lucy Jackson from little xs for eyes; Sam Keeley; Bernard O'Shea.
Photograph: Aidan Crawley