Unsurprisingly, Christmas is one of our favourite times of year; for once we greedy sisters aren’t the biggest eaters in the room! With our stomachs just about recovered from a solid few weeks of festive gluttony, we thought we’d share some pics of our favourite Christmas meals and foodie gifts.
Christmas Eve was the start of it all, where we enjoyed one of our favourite starters; baked camembert and brie – served with different chutneys, celery and chunks of soft white baguette. We followed this up with a hearty choice of meat and vegetable pies, served the proper Yorkshire way – with mash, mushy peas, gravy and mint sauce. Yum!
Christmas Day began with smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, washed down with a glass or two of Bucks Fizz. Then, rather than the usual canapés, we went for an elevenses of homemade mini mince pies, baked using the delicious mincemeat prepared at Betty’s Christmas Cookery School (read our review of the day here).
We’re traditionalists when it comes to the main Christmas dinner and we like to start with a light prawn cocktail, topped with a slice of avocado and squeeze of lemon. For the main course the meat eaters enjoyed a full Kelly Bronze turkey, as well as a joint of pork with crispy crackling, while the veggie option was a delicious butternut squash and cranberry nut roast. Sides included roasted parsnips, Aga-style red cabbage, Brussels sprouts and chestnuts, baked carrots, roast and mashed potatoes and a generous helping of bread sauce.
We had a welcome break while the homemade pudding steamed away (again, prepared at Betty’s Christmas Cookery School). This was doused in brandy and flamed before being served with a delicious brandy custard. Now we must admit, a bit like most people, we’re usually ambivalent when about this bit of the meal and only really eat it because it’s tradition, but this was honestly the most delicious pudding we’ve ever had. With plump cherries and a rich, moist sponge the whole pudding quickly disappeared.
After a few hours of music, games, chatting, napping and Christmas Day TV, we set up a delicious cold buffet, including farm-shop pork pies, turkey, pork, ham, salads, quiche, a cheeseboard and homemade Betty’s fruit cake. Despite pledging ‘we couldn’t eat another thing’ just hours earlier, we all eagerly tucked in to the last meal of a long, delicious, indulgent day. Perfect.
But the gluttony didn’t end there – we received some really yummy foodie gifts from our friends and family. One of the most exciting was a hamper we each received from Rebecca’s thoughtful in-laws. These were purchased from their local post office in the village of Stillington, which is a co-orporative store owned by the community. Established 10 years ago, the shop operates with the help of a team of volunteers and supports local farmers, bakers and suppliers. Each hamper was tailor-made for both of us, with a delicious vegetarian selection in one and some tasty pates in the other, along with chutneys, jams, biscuits and chocolates. Beautifully presented, these were the perfect gifts for us greedy sisters and we have already tucked in to many of the contents.
Sticking with the artisanal theme, we also loved one of our stocking fillers this year – a bar of chocolate made by Amelia Rope. Our parents bought us them on a recent trip to London, when they tried a sample of Amelia’s chocolate in Heal’s and absolutely loved her original choice of flavours. We were given a gorgeous pale lemon and sea salt bar, and we’ll certainly be buying more of this divine chocolate in the future.
We hope your Christmases were just as greedy as ours, and here’s to an even tastier 2014, where our only resolution is to continue creating delicious memories surrounded by our favourite people.