Christmas 2011: Adrian's Pre-Christmas Dinner

12/19/2011 11:13:00 PM

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?

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  1. 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!

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

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

  4. 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!



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