I have just been going through some 'Christmas dinner' stuff that I have written in a notebook. I had jotted down various pieces of advice from the previous few years.
In the notebook I've also taken note of the addresses of some of the people who may, or may not, receive cards from me. Even if they do receive a card, it may not be in December.
I always comfort myself with the thought that January is a gloomy month for some people, and so receiving my card will be a nice pick-me-up for them. That's my theory.
Anyway, we're Scottish - Highlanders - and New Year is much more meaningful than in other parts of the country. And seeing as the New Year lasts for... well, a whole year, really it wont matter when my card arrives, will it?
Anyway, to my advice. The advice is from me. To me. There are no niceties as a result.
1. Marks and Spencer salmon mousse was not nice. Make the one you made last year yourself.
(AKA - DIY)
2. Remember crusty bread with the starters.
(Clearly, I forgot.)
3. Turkey Crown - definitely the way to go. 10lb. Cover with bacon rashers - 220C - 30 mins; remove bacon (I left rashers on parts with no skin); lower over to 150 - 160C. Turkey in Nigella's Brine for 24 hrs. Rub with butter and salt.
(I think the order is somewhat skewed. I am assuming that the rubbing with butter and salt comes earlier in the process than the 220C for 30 minutes.)
4. Day before: sprouts - boil salted water. Give them 5 mins. Drain - place in COLD water immediately. Before eating, stir-fry with chopped bacon in butter.
5. Red cabbage - use Mum's recipe - definitely not that horrible clove one.
(It was horrible. I remember that!)
6. M&S's stuffing - apricot and raisin one - was REALLY nice. Better than homemade stuffing.
(Soooo glad we liked it....nice to have something made easy.)
7. Individual pavlovas - filled with strawberry yoghurt and cream whipped. Could have done with raspberry coulis.
8. Sticky toffee puddings. Individuals. Use Ishbel's recipe for the sauce.
.....And so it goes on.
I'm glad I wrote some of this stuff down. It's definitely useful reminders.
Not that I have a problem with memory issues.