I must admit that my version of Christmas isn’t about religion. It also isn’t about commercial greed. It’s not really about a big jolly man in a red suit, or the Coca Cola advert, or fake snow on the windows – but that’s all good stuff. It’s about enjoying the company of my family and loved ones, sharing gifts, and eating delicious food.
It’s about Christmas dinner. It’s all about Christmas dinner. It’s about all that delicious food that, for some reason, you don’t eat all year round even though we love it. It’s about leftovers that take over your life. It’s about sitting round a table with the family and trying to have a nice, mature conversation, but only being able to murmur ‘the parsnips are amazing’ or ‘these mashed potatoes are amazing’ every minute or so as you chow down. It’s about decadent, delicious desserts that just wouldn’t be appropriate any other day of the year.
Prawn cocktail with smoked salmon for a starter. Turkey cooked with creme fraiche and herbs, roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, beetroot, potatoes, shallots, parsnips wrapped in bacon, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and gravy. Mulled wine poached pears with hazelnuts and ice-cream. Cava, champagne, Chambord, Baileys.
And we have plenty of leftovers.
What did you eat on Christmas day?
I’m nearly, almost done with the festive themed posts. I promise.