The Holly & the Ivy….

We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, & a peaceful & prosperous New Year:

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

As ever, I was up early (“with the rising of the sun; & the running of the deer…”) to walk the dogs & quietly unwind with a cuppa before anyone else surfaced; however today at least,  Tony would be doing the chores for me as I tackled the mammoth task of cooking the family’s Christmas Dinner.  I decided to start preparing things early & take my time; no sense in rushing, after all! 

For a starter I decided upon a simple smoked salmon mousse with a light herb salad & a smattering of caviar.  This was followed by the pièce de resistance: roast goose with all the traditional trimmings.   Mum proceeded to drive me mad by insisting on giving me step-by-step instructions on how to prepare the meal; but after all stuffing & roasting a goose, isn’t exactly rocket science.  Mind you I did forget to keep skimming off the fat; & almost got burned when the darn roasting tin overflowed everywhere.  To be honest the greatest challenge, was squeezing everything into the Rayburn’s relatively modest-sized oven.  

However by the appointed time the goose was perfectly cooked with crisp golden skin & tender, juicy flesh; with the sprouts & chestnuts perfectly al dente; the parsnips sweet; & the roast potatoes done to a turn.  The meat juices were transformed into a delicious gravy & with the other additions (such as pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce etc) wshed down with a good bottle or two of vintage Chateauneuf Du Pape, we had a meal fit for a king. 

Dessert was of course, the traditional steamed Christmas Pudding; supplemented with cream, brandy butter – & (naturally!) a goodly scoopful of our own indulgent ice cream.  After a cheery meal we relaxed & opened our presents with everyone happy that they’d received just what they wanted…& this year we’d thankfully all been sensible with our spending, buying smaller but more thoughtful gifts for one another as a result.   Then Tony & Dad ventured into the crisp, clear evening air to give all the animals their supper & then put them to bed; whilst I cleared up the detritus in the dining room & tackled some washing up before we all settled down to watch the latest ‘Wallace & Gromit’ film in front of the roaring log fire.

But the best presents of all….?  Clear, cold, dry weather; and of course, sharing a wonderful day with three very special people.

About LittleFfarm Dairy

The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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5 Responses to The Holly & the Ivy….

  1. casalba says:

    Thanks Jo. We wish all of you at the ffarm a ffun, ffabulous and ffantastic New Year. Be safe!

  2. glanbrydan says:

    Have a great holiday time. I like the snow!

  3. JohnM says:

    Happy New Year Jo, Tony and Menagerie!

    Hope you are all well. Brynn sounds a scream and can just imagine Moriarty’s face watching you crawl back to the house! Bet his 4WD never fails. Sent you a long e-mail after Xmas – did it get through?

    Speak before long!

    John,Chris and Jack xx

  4. paula says:

    All the very best of wishes and thoughts to you, your family, the farm and all those who reside in it this New Year.
    Take care jo and a belated Happy Birthday wish too (thanks for the cake!).

  5. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    Thanks, all, for your festive wishes!

    Happy New Year, John & co: yes I did get the email – will reply as soon as I’ve got the wretched accounts out of the way – crikey, you have been busy!

    You’re right about Moriarty’s 4WD, though….sometimes I think he deliberately takes the mickey out of me as he saunters alongside, doubtless laughing at my distress as I waddle across the yard like a duck on steroids. Thank goodness the farm is so secluded, otherwise everyone would be laughing their heads off at me!

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