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So…the idea was for me to photograph and blog about all of the Christmas treats I cooked up (3 days of prep people…3 days!). However, a couple of crates of wine and some gin arrived, so that plan went quickly out the window! Instead, here are some links!
For the main course I turned to good old reliable Tom Kerridge and his Turkey Roll with Sage and Onion Stuffing from ‘Proper Pub Food’. I can’t find a link to this recipe online, but here’s a picture from his book! I opted for a turkey breast rather than a butterflied turkey, purely for accessibility. Most of the prep can be done in advance. On the 23rd I prepped the turkey gravy which consisted of boiling turkey bones for 4 hours, and I did the stuffing and brown sauce on the 24th. It sounds like a lot of hard work, but it was pretty straight forward. To cook the Turkey, you sous vide it, as per the method I used for my Mojito Chicken. It’s really easy to over cook and dry turkey out, so this keeps it really moist.
My Mum is vegetarian, so I made this Christmas Squash Pithivier. I used a butternut squash and made enough for three little parcels. The layers of veg inside and the cranberry stuffing add moisture and texture. There is a bit of prep time involved in creating each layer, but its pretty straight forward and easy to do on Christmas day when you are half cut! Rookie error, I didn’t buy enough puff pastry, so did a couple of portions wrapped with filo – crunchy goodness.
Classic roasties for sides along with maple glazed carrots, roared parsnips with a sprinkle of parmesan, and of course, pan fried sprouts with chestnuts.
All in all it was a hit (or people were just polite!). I will pop up the recipes for sides, and I promise next year I will be a bit more organised with the blog!
Christmas treats included the present pictured above from my Mum….thanks, I think?! It will have pride of place in my kitchen! and my husband bought me a meat mincer…2016 will be the year of homemade sausages and burgers!
Hope everyone had a great Christmas and is looked forward to a drunken New Year! xx