Christmas Dinner in the Barrie household is a much discussed affair. We try and plan our dinner menu a couple of weeks in advance, after we have poured over various websites, recipe books and cookery programmes.
But before we get to our Christmas dinner feast – here’s a link courtesy of Me and My Shadow to show how you can turn an ordinary Tunnocks teacake into a magnificent mini Christmas pud (no dried fruit in sight!)
And here’s a quick pic of Christmas breakfast – our Barrie tradition always features smoked salmon:
Now on to the main event, the Christmas dinner! Last year we had a moroccan lamb feast, so this year, we returned to turkey (more specifically, a glazed turkey crown)! We used this recipe here from Good Housekeeping, and it was incredible. So easy, and beautiful flavours complementing the meat (which was perfectly moist and not at all dry). We had a 1.9 kg turkey crown and we are having a turkey pie today AND have 600g meat frozen for future meals AND we’ve used the carcass to create a stock. A total bargain for the £17 we paid.
Next – stuffing. Possibly my favourite component of a Christmas meal – we went for this delicious (literally recipe). We made 21 slightly larger stuffing balls – and have frozen most of them so we can relive a little bit of Christmas again and again in 2014.
Now, onto the vegetables. We fancied some fruity red cabbage courtesy of this Good Food recipe – very moreish. With almost 900g cabbage we made an absolute ton – and again we have frozen most of it so we can have it again and again!
No Christmas meal is complete (in my opinion) without some Brussel sprouts – we had these, flavoured with garlic and chilli. We forgot the breadcrumbs in the rush of getting everything together, but nevertheless, the flash fried sprouts had a great little kick to them. Finally – we had some very easy to prepare roasted potatoes and parsnips, flavoured with rosemary. Simple yet effective.
Add the finishing touches – gravy, cranberry sauce and some silverskin onions for Mr B, that is our epic Christmas dinner!
We didn’t manage a Christmas Day walk, but we managed a Boxing Day ramble to burn it all off (I wish!) -here is our view of the Beauly Firth.