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.