So the Christmas cake and puddings made for friends have been delivered or collected. I didn't take photos this year, I'm kicking myself.
I've been busy in the kitchen all morning, getting ready for tomorrow. The kitchen smells lovely.
The goose is unwrapped and under a protective net cloche, finishing off its defrosting. It's been out of the freezer but in the fridge ofor 24 hours, and it needs a bit more defrosting, then 15 hours out of the fridge before stuffing.
I've made the pear, cranberry and pecan stuffing for the goose. It's in the fridge. NOTE TO SELF: TAKE STUFFING OUT OF FRIDGE BEFORE BEDTIME. . I managed to find my onion goggles eventually, after I'd peeled two onions for the stuffing and couldn't see what I was doing for the tears.
The goose stock gravy is bubbling away gently on the hob.
I've got a huuuuge vat of red cabbage in the oven: We only have a small amount over Christmas, I freeze most of it in small portions to use over the coming months.
DH and I braved the rain to go and harvest our sad brussels sprouts crop. The crop was very poor, the sprouts - those that the pigeons had rejected - were like marble, sand we weren't going to bother. I decided I'd just order sprouts in my Ocado delivery.
I had a rare misunderstanding with my Ocado delivery.
One of the offers was 3 packs of prepared vegetables for £2.50. I rarely buy prepped vegetables, but this seemed a good idea. I picked a bag of spinach, a bag of sprouts, and a bag of tenderstem broccoli. The delivery arrived and I started to unpack. I found a bag of sprouts, I did a double take....I searched through the bags.....and when I found the broccoli, I realised what had happened.
They were one-serving sized bags.
Never mind. We have lots of different vegetables, and only need a taste of each one really. And DH won't eat them anyway. And I won't make that mistake again.
The kitchen looks like the proverbial bomb has hit it. It's the one time of year when using the Magimix is definitely quicker, and I seem to have used four of the discs, two of the 3 bowls, and one blade. Actually, I might make the swede and carrot mash now. It's another thing which reheats really well, and I can use the already-dirty disc to do the cutting.
Then I'll clear up and then make some of Nigella's cranberry mincemeat. I just fancy a glass of chilled Alvada and a mince pie.
As usual I bought a pack of mince pies to supplement the home made ones. I like to make some, but I find that some of the shops make very good ones. I especially like M&S puff pastry ones, and I liked Heston's Waitrose ones last year. This year I bought Heston's Waitrose ones, but I don't like them very much. I had to eat 2 to make sure, and I'm sure.
I expect my DB1 (Darling Brother, eldest) will be happy to finish them off.
Well, back to the chopping board.