I have been invited to a Christmas Luncheon in Edinburgh. It’s a tad early, but they are making reservations for over fifty people at the Blue Restaurant in downtown Edinburgh. From looking at the web site, it’s a very nice place. I’m flattered that Tracy has remembered to invite me since I won’t be on site for another month or so.

As a typical (no laughter please) American who’s used to the traditional Christmas style meals, well, the menu is almost frightening.

Brace yourself.


“>blue christmas lunch menu 2007


  • Leek & Potato Soup, Creme Fraiche
  • Cream of Celeriac soup, Chestnuts & Apple
  • Parsnip & Honey soup
  • Confit Duck leg, Savoy cabbage, bacon, juniper jus
  • fishcake, Lemon Mayo, Salad leaves
  • Perthshire Pheasant & local bacon terrine, Winter fruit chutney
  • Smoked salmon, capers, leaves
  • Arbroath smokie & heritage potato chowder.


  • Coq au vin
  • Fillets of Sea Bass, Fennel & Onion Marmalade, Beaurre Blanc
  • Navarin of Perthshire Lamb, Mash
  • Port Seton smoked Haddock, Herb crust, salad of olives, sun blush tomato and potato
  • Belly of pork, honey, mustard, roasted squash, greens
  • Breast of maize-fed chicken, parsnips & honey, dauphinoise, thyme jus
  • organic salmon fillets, creamed leeks, champ, herbs
  • turkey and all the trimmings

Vegetarian Mains

  • Wild mushroom & Tarragon risotto
  • grilled parmesan polenta, char grilled vegetables
  • red pepper, pecorino & marjoram frittata


  • Bread & butter pudding, anglaise
  • vanilla cheesecake
  • cheese, chutney & oatcakes
  • tiramisu
  • cinnamon brulee shortbread
  • dark varhona chocolate tart, creme fraiche
  • lemon polenta cake, creme fraiche
  • Christmas pudding, brandy sauce
  • Coffee & Petit fours

Wow. Not THAT’s a menu.