Chef’s table: Christmas

December 26, 2017

If you haven’t heard of Netflix’s series Chef’s Table yet, you’re either living under the rock OR aren’t at all a foodie and interested in the chef’s lives and unique restaurants around the world. Chef’s Table is one of my favourite Netflix series and I can binge watch couple of episodes at once. The problem is that I usually get very hungry and get a big need to travel to those places which are mentioned in the series. ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

I’m a foodie and a home chef who loves to cook every day and explore the new dishes and tastes. On most days I love to challenge myself and create some completely new, out of my head recipes but sometimes I’m just happy to go with my safe, bulletproof recipes which I’ve been cooking for years.

Chef’s Table a la Natali, Christmas edition was something I didn’t want to play around with too much. Just couple of twists on my favourite dishes was the limit to my experimenting. Since Finnish people start with the celebrations on the Christmas Eve already, I always get to experience their traditional Christmas food on that day and the next day, Christmas Day is always reserved for my own cooking and a mash up of Croatian and Russian dishes.

I wanted to share with you the food photos and some recipes of how my Christmas table looked like on both of those days ( note that I have cooked only on the 2nd day/ did the ham in the Finnish dishes ).


Crown of the Finnish Christmas food table is definitely a Christmas ham. Each family has their own way of doing it but there is not a chance that you won’t find this dish on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Finnish homes. I wanted to make a small contribution to the table so I made my own ham after this recipe by Nigella. I’m proud to say that it was a hit! ๐Ÿ˜€

Other dishes which could be found on the table were different pickled vegetables, cheese board, Christmas bread, cold smoked salmon fillets, boiled potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed carrots and rice, Karelian stew and cold cuts platter.

As a traditional dessert, rice porridge with the cold fruit compote had been served. My friend gifted me with a delicious gingerbread cake so we had that as our 2nd dessert! ๐Ÿ™‚


Since nobody can finish a whole ham in one day, same ham was present on the Christmas Day table too. Alongside that, we had Russian pickled cucumbers (I like to serve them with a dollop of smetana and drizzle of honey), cooked and smoked jumbo prawns with aioli, smoked white fish salad Olivier, cold cuts of moose salami and oven roasted lamb sausages in herb and butter sauce.

As for the main course I have decided to serve tagliatelle fresh pasta with crayfish, mussels and jumbo prawns in my own tomato-herb sauce.

For the dessert I’ve baked traditional Croatian Christmas berry cake with whipped cream.

All I can say is that the “food baby belly” is a real thing! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy holidays everybody!

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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog December 26, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Your Christmas meal looks scrumptious! I’m drooling just looking at the photos!
    Hope you had a great Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Carmelatte December 26, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Aww everything looks soo yummy <3


  • Reply Mariann Yip December 26, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Looks so delicious! These pictures have my drooling! http://mariannyc.com/2017/12/26/quality-over-quantity/

  • Reply Shannon Jenkins December 27, 2017 at 2:31 AM

    Omg this all looks amazing! That fresh pasta looks delish!

    <3 Shannonย 
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  • Reply Alina December 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    I want all of this! Looks sooo amazing!


  • Reply Elegant Duchess December 27, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Gosh I must be living under the rock then! Ever heard of it and in a massive foodie. Wow all those dishes look fantastic!

  • Reply Amber Shannon December 27, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Looks soooo good!

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  • Reply Ashley Hutchinson December 27, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    Your post has me DROOLING! When I was in Lapland in March I fell in LOVE with Finnish food and can only imagine how delicious these special Christmas dishes are. Absolutely loved reading this post — it brought back so many lovely memories!


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  • Reply Olia December 28, 2017 at 12:33 AM

    This looks amazing love!


  • Reply Radi December 28, 2017 at 1:11 AM

    Woahh this looks incredible. I can’t take my eyes away for that berry cake <3
    Have an amazing 2018!


  • Reply Olivia December 28, 2017 at 1:34 AM

    That spread looks amazing! I hope you had an amazing Christmas

  • Reply Kirsten December 28, 2017 at 4:35 AM

    That looks amazing!!! Now I am hungry! Hope you had a great Christmas! You should check out my blog post for Oreo Cookie Balls–http://hellofromthemiddleofnowhere.blogspot.com/2017/12/oreo-cookie-balls.html?_sm_au_=iVVkWfHnT3fFQzsB– It would really mean a lot to me!
    xoxo Kirsten

  • Reply Marina W December 28, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Just looking at these photos makes my mouth water!!
    Love this post ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wish you a fantastic new year !

    – Marina


  • Reply Steal4Style December 28, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    I have never heard about Chef’s table, but I will definitely give it a look. Have a nice week!

  • Reply Jennifer December 28, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    Looks like a delicious Christmas to me! Wishing you and your beautiful family a happy year ahead!
    xo, Jennifer

  • Reply ivana split December 29, 2017 at 12:38 AM

    Ovo izgleda kao rajska gozba, sigurna sam i da je jako jako ukusno.

  • Reply Ellie December 29, 2017 at 12:51 AM

    Yum โ€“ย I am officially hungry. Looks like an amazing spread!

    Hope you had a great Christmas!


  • Reply Jessica December 30, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Your Christmas meal looks amazing! Now I’m hungry. ha!

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  • Reply Gabrielle Crystal RoseBonniee ~ December 30, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Everything looks so yummy โ˜ƒ โ„

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  • Reply Katya December 31, 2017 at 7:35 PM

    Netflix never runs out of putting meat on the table. I love seeing the show every time. As a person who loves to eat, I love to cook as well.


  • Reply Toks January 13, 2018 at 10:20 PM

    Everything looks soooo delicious, especially the christmas berry cake with whipped cream. xoxoxo


  • Reply Anzar Sharif February 6, 2018 at 12:15 AM

    Ah! Mouthwatering. I want to eat all of these, thanks for posting. Please keep it up.

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