December 25th, 2011
I had Christmas dinner with Rick and Su, in Golders Green.
It was a reasonably large group of 13 plus Syd the skeleton (in desperate need of sustenance).
I arrived early, to help with the cooking, but the blinis were already on the table, topped with sour cream and caviar. I brought a 2 lb chicken liver paté for the starter, but I’ll cover that with a recipé in my next post.
A 5.5 kilo rib of beef had just gone into the oven and was sizzling away nicely.
I cooked a Tortilla Español for two vegetarian guests,
made with 6 beaten eggs, 3 small fried onions, olive oil and 6 pieces of garlic.
Just as the tortilla was looking perfect, I flipped it for the final time and the handle broke on the frying pan, sending tortilla everywhere. I managed a semi resurrection with the addition of 2 more beaten eggs and a bit more frying, though the substitute frying pan was larger, so it was hard to reform it completely.
When the beef had rested for 30 – 45 minutes and the accompaniments – carrots, gravy, leaks, roast potatoes and Yorkshires were ready, we took it in turns to carve. The beef looked beautifully pink and bloody. It was an excellent roasting joint and very tender.
I flamed my pudding with a little Somerset Cider Brandy. Like everything else from the St. John, the pudding was gorgeous.
One of Sam’s Christmas presents was a mini frying pan – on opening it, he immediately set to work flaming apples in alcohol for yet another great cocktail!
I had a wonderful day, as did everyone else – for me it was made all the more fun by joining in with the cooking.