Happy New Year everyone! Hope y'all had a great night last night. We got Pizza Hut for dinner (my other local pizza place was closed!), and went down to Fed Square to see the fireworks. Boy howdy, it was crowded! My new year's resolutions are to eat healthier, exercise more, save money, keep my house clean, and to learn German properly (inserting random Deutsch words into my sentences doesn't count).
Anyhoo, I've still got a couple of Christmas posts to get through, so please enjoy these pics of our Christmas dinner!
All the best for 2009!
Christmas Dinner for 7
Roast Turkey (How to Eat)
Roast Potatoes (How to Eat)
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts (Feast)
Bread Sauce (How to Eat)
Cranberry Sauce (From a jar)
Gravy (How to Eat)
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Cream (The Roux Brothers on Patisserie)
A few short notes - I wouldn't bother brining the turkey. I tried this last year for a Christmas in July, and it still turned out dry! I just do what Oma Resel in Germany does: cover it in butter, and baste it in beer. I could only find frozen Brussels sprouts and canned chestnuts, so they were a little fluffier and more mealy than I'd normally like. I got my cranberry sauce out of a jar this year. It's easy to make, but expensive, and buying a little jar means you're less likely to waste it. The Christmas pudding was beautiful, but very boozy. My family seemed to like it, but it was quite strong for me. Instead of the brandy cream, I would have preferred plain wHipped cream, or custard.