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

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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