The Christmas dinner plan is set
The tree’s up, mince pies are in the oven, Nigella’s about to burn her roast potatoes in that Christmas special again, and a month since I started planning Christmas dinner, I’m more or less set.
The turkey’s been ordered, the wine’s been bought, the last minute Tesco shop is already booked in. And most importantly, I’ve finally decided on the menu (see below).
I’ve not pushed the boat out quite as much as I’d like this year. There’s going to be six of us, we’re on a budget and my refusal to scrimp on the turkey means making cutbacks elsewhere – mostly, with the wine.
So if you’re wondering why I’ve gone Tesco Finest trigger happy, it’s not because I’m too lazy or lack the knowledge to shop elsewhere, it’s because the Double Rewards scheme enabled me to pick up all the below, plus three other bottles, without having to spend a penny. Every little helps!
CHRISTMAS DINNER MENU
Cold Canapé of Smoked Salmon, Salmon Roe, Horseradish Butter
Warm Toasted Canapé of Brown Shrimp, Samphire
Cold Canapé of Cep Mushrooms, Lean Ham, Shallot Butter, Paprika
Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings
5kg Copas Bronze Turkey, Duck Fat Roast Potatoes, Honey-Roast Parsnips, Glazed Carrots, Chestnut and Pancetta-tossed Sprouts, Pigs in Blankets, Sage and Onion Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Bread Sauce, Gravy
Tesco Finest Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2010
Home-made Christmas Pudding, Brandy Cream
Tesco Finest Sauternes, 2009
Tesco Finest Vintage Port, 1994
I don’t tend to use recipes much on Christmas Day – it’s enough hassle as it is without overcomplicating things by doing stuff you don’t already know how to do. But in the run up I like to look at some for inspiration, and it’s always good to have a point of reference just in case something goes wrong.
These are my points of reference this year:
- All Recipes (cranberry sauce)
- Copas (roast turkey)
- Delia Smith (Christmas pudding)
- La Rousse Gastronomique (smoked salmon / cep mushroom canapés)
- Mrs Beeton (stuffing)
- Nigella Lawson (bread sauce)
- Xanthe Clay (brown shrimp canapé)
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