My Christmas in Pictures

Little bit of a warning, this is rather a picture heavy post. A tad unusual for me, but I think that these pictures say it all. My Christmas was a lovely mixture of family, friends and food – probably one of the best yet.

2013-12-25 09.02.14Day starts with a lovely glass of cava…

2013-12-25 11.58.33…followed by a boiled egg.

2013-12-25 10.05.23Then it’s time to start prepping the gravy. Goose innards, a selection of veg, bay leaves and some water.

2013-12-25 10.12.35A story about our goose: we picked it up on Christmas Eve, then decided to keep it in the car overnight (it was definitely cold enough!). A good idea, until we couldn’t find the car keys on Christmas morning…

After locating the spare set (upon which point we remembered where the real keys were) we prepped it up by simply whacking the oven up to top temperature, scoring the skin, and placing in a tin. And finding out the goose definitely didn’t fit in the oven. All was well though – a bit of butchery and it did, albeit with the leg rubbing on the side of the oven and thus causing the oven to smoke continuously.

2013-12-25 10.01.41The best thing about having a goose – the fat for roasting potatoes! The farm shop we bought ours from provided two bags (one shown above) full, which we put straight in the freezer, and we also “harvested” plenty from the cooking of our bird!

2013-12-25 13.52.33Time to set the table (and start on the wine!)…

2013-12-25 10.02.04…and then it was present time!

2013-12-25 09.09.33Someone was rather protective about his presents…

2013-12-25 09.06.52…and very impatient to open them!

2013-12-25 09.34.20I was thoroughly spoilt, and received this new Radley watch, as well as a hairdryer and some lovely clothes from my parents. I was also treated rather well by my boyfriend, with a selection including the Naked 3 eye pallette which is definitely not leaving my side anytime soon.

2013-12-25 13.52.10By that time, the goose was brown and crisp, and it was time to get on with the vegetables, before sitting down to a very lovely, very yummy Christmas dinner!

2013-12-25 14.14.02If you haven’t tried goose before, I really do recommend it. It’s harder to dry out than turkey, is rich, the leftovers are FAR better (and you get lots – we’re still going!) and it just feels like so much more of a treat. Not to mention it provides enough fat for proper roast potatoes for the whole year!

Have you tried goose? How was your Christmas?

  • jeh_jeh

    We buy jars of goose fat from Aldi at Christmas. Yes, it’s probably cheating a bit compared to actually getting a goose but, man, the roast potatoes are divine.

    Your dog is so cute. What breed is he?

    I had a great Christmas, although probably went a bit overboard: Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas dinner on Christmas Day and a buffet (turkey and ham rolls!) on Boxing Day. And my boyfriend’s coming over for New Year and my parents are away, so we’ll probably gorge ourselves on pate and smoked salmon (thank you for your student-friendly prices, Aldi), washed down with the champagne that has mysteriously appeared in our fridge. 🙂

    • I must admit I’d do the same if we didn’t have a goose – I’m sure half the reason we buy one over turkey is to get the fat!
      And he woofs a thank you! He’s a Border Terrier cross Jack Russell – but somehow ended up looking like a giant Border. Definitely looks like butter wouldn’t melt, but don’t let that fool you!
      Your Christmas sounds lovely, as do your plans for New Year! I’m helping host a dinner party at my boyfriends parents so currently researching pate and chocolate/whisky recipes…watch this space! Thanks for commenting 🙂 x

      • jeh_jeh

        He is beautiful. I just Googled the breed and the search result pictures weren’t half as gorgeous as him, so being a giant Border Terrier obviously suits him. 🙂

        Oof, definitely. 🙂 xx