Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas 2011: Adrian's Pre-Christmas Dinner

Hi everyone! Can you believe it's less than a week until Christmas? I hope everyone's enjoying the festive season, and I'm super-excited to see what everyone's got planned for the big day! I've got a few big Christmas meals coming up (well, three actually!) for family and friends over the next week or so, which I'll be blogging just as soon as I can.  But for today, I'd like to share with you the most epic pre-Christmas meal I enjoyed at my friend Adrian's house last week. Adrian, (different from Food-Rehab Adrian, but just as nice), has previously worked as a chef in London and Paris, and last weekend cooked an amazing Christmas meal for 14 lucky guests. There were two geese, a ham, two gravies, stuffing, four separate side dishes and an insane amount of brandy butter. Woah! Let's take a look:

The Table

Geese - 2 roast geese with Cumberland sausage / prune / armagnac stuffing

Cherry Gravy - I loved the sweet cherries against the dark goose meat

Glazed ham served with pineapple gravy

Potato salad - whole boiled unpeeled potatoes with mayonnaise, grated hard boiled eggs, crisp bacon pieces, chives, onions

Greens - asparagus, peas and broad beans cooked in stock

Red cabbage

Roast vegetables - Goose-fat roasted carrots and parsnips with chestnuts

My gift from the Christmas cracker - cute measuring spoons!

There was so much delicious food, and I was so full! But of course I was powerless in the face of dessert...

Flambéed Christmas Cake

Brandy Butter. Ahem.

Vanillekipferl - My contribution to the evening 

Vanillekipferl and brandy butter - a surprisingly good combination

Thanks to Adrian for an absolutely incredible meal! What a treat!

What are y'all cooking and eating for Christmas?


Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

oh my lorddee! I like the look of that brandy butter! I must do some extended lunch time walks this week to make room for all the eating this xmas and new years!

Nic@diningwithastud said...

That potato salad? OMG! YUM! What an epic feast. Foodies do Christmas so well ;)

msihua said...

That just looks amazing! I can't believe I've eaten so much this year and in the last 2 weeks!!!

Sarah said...

Adrian - I've been hitting extra sessions at the gym too! I hope it's helping combat all the calories I'm ingesting over the festive season!

Nic - Omg yes. It was so yum, I even had leftovers for lunch the next day.

I-Hua - Thanks! Haha I've eaten heaps the last few weeks too... looking forward to lots of fresh salads in the new year!