Saturday, 3 January 2015

2014 Christmas Dinner

Our Christmas Tree 2014

Lobster tail and mini pickles with consomme

Our 2014 Christmas Dinner Table setting

Roast goose

Vegetables with goose

Roast potatoes & chilli & sausage wrap
I love Christmas specially planning and cooking, mostly planning the menu .
I started plan for Festive Season from November, making cranberry sauce, festive spiced nuts, stuffing, even gravy was made 1 week ahead and freeze, just in case.
Made spiced festive chocolate bark with all things we love, chilli, ginger, dried cranberry, nuts, sea salt , toasted sesame seed.

Roast goose was our chosen Christmas dinner since 2010, expensive but it is worth it specially if you do not have a huge family for the Christmas dinner.
It is nice to have rich dark meat with good stuffing and  cranberry sauce with good rich red wine.
Even I made our menu printed and roll up and put on the table.

Starter in our house is at least 1 hour before Main, because I make seafood dishes, It is nice to be like this way if you do not have any guest.

Starter: Lobster tail and scallops , mini apple and cucumber pickles with lobster skin consommé with  toasted sour dough bread.
We had white wine with this. making a good consommé is a hard job , luckily it was clear and delicious. all loved this time consuming consommé.
After finish our starter, we all can a it relax not to eat so strait after first course and gives me plenty of time to sort out rest of things, vegetables, potatoes gravy so on.

We all have too much to eat on the day , we liked to be a slowly eating, drinking and talking, taking a time.
I choose braised red cabbage with green apple which I cooked 24th, creamed leeks , asparagus, all very easy to cook, re heated my gravy and add goose liver to make rich Christmas taste.
Our goose was so good, crispy skin, moist dark meat.
Goose fat roasted potato and mini sausage stuffed green chilli, warped in bacon were my new recipe, which gives kick to our rich meal.

Our main course took nearly 2 hours with family talking and laugh. could not have planned cheese board, dessert or coffee.  we are so full and happy with food and laughing.
We just talked until late. I do love this kind of a long conversations.
Just we all feel so happy without anything after main, but we had a good Italian sweet wine and felt so satisfied and merry.

Hope, 2015 Christmas will be good as this year !  

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