Couscous halloumi salad. Super fast to prepare, and easy to modify with any veggies on hand (onion, red pepper, broccoli), or substitute feta for halloumi. Short on time, no need to grill the cheese, just cube it and toss into the warm couscous to get a little melty while you prep the veg. Tasty on it's own - I've never even tried it with the dressing.
Yule Log: A traditional French bûche de Noël always looks just the right side of cutely enchanting, and there is nothing hard to like about its tender, melting chocolatiness. But I warm to it most of all for the rich pagan symbolism: it is no less than a cake-emulation of the log that the Norsemen would drag home through the streets to burn in celebration of the winter solstice and to honour the gods and hope, thus, to cajole from them a good year to come.