I have been watching Lifestyle Food channel like a woman possessed by the Ghost of Christmas Lunch. I love to watch them, I could watch them all day, and they give me the Christmas spirit so it’s like my medication. Or something. This week I was really excited because all the good new ones are on straight from the UK. Last night I had a date with Jamie and his family and Hugh with his spunky new haircut! Then I flicked over to Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas – it was a Christmas frenzy and no wonder Rob put on his headphones and watched a doco on his laptop.
Anyway, I think I have the menu sorted for Christmas day. I think. I am quite nervous about it all because I never really have to make Christmas Day lunch seeing as we are with one of the divorced parents – take your pick there are 4! Actually, the last time I made Christmas lunch was for my Ex’s family about 10 years ago when they requested lobster. Bastards always bled me! I found the whole process exhausting and stressful and hot and um, expensive. Well this year I know it will be cool, and rainy so that’s a bonus and I will also put on unnecessary pressure on myself for it to be perfect. Note to self Beth: 2012 resolution is to not put pressure on myself to make things perfect. If the weather is as shithouse as it has been for the past, oh, 3 weeks, I will just put the fire on and pretend it’s snowing outside. We have the Gay Godfathers, one of Rob’s oldest friend’s and Rob’s Mum and of course the four of us. Everyone is staying over Christmas Eve so we will be waking to presents, ham on toast and a bottle of french as is the Christmas morning tradition around here. Then, well, Bev will go into hyper drive to make the best MOFO Christmas Lunch that ever there was. It’s going to look a little like this:
Squares of mozzarella, tomato & basil wrapped in Prosciutto and fried
Watermelon squares topped with feta & olives tossed in sumac, parsley & thyme
Lashing of champagne
Old School prawn cocktail served in Rob’s new Riedel glasses
Maybe a crisp white
Stuffed (prosciutto, sage, pork & apricot) boned and rolled turkey
Pork loin with herby stuffing (Jamie Oliver recipe) and plenty of crackling
Gravy (Jamie Oliver recipe from last night)
Roast Potatoes in duck fat
Butternut squash & kale salad from here (because I had 2 pomegranates I just had to get)
A hearty shiraz
Traditional Pudd & custard made with love my Grandma
One, OK maybe two sticky wines
I think that will sufficiently put everyone into a coma don’t you? One thing I have discovered in all my watching is the resting of the turkey. My friend Gordon (Ramsay don’t you know) told me that if you cook the turkey for 3 hours then you rest it for 3 hours. Who knew? I’m not sure if I will have to do the same for a stuffed turkey? It would mean that I have to start cooking at 5am so that’s not really an option. I saw on Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas that you could, if you wanted, make the roast potatoes, then freeze them, bring to room temp on the day and reheat for 20 mins. Who knew? I am going to get cracking on the gravy in the next day or so to have one less thing to do Sunday. You could even make it months out and whack it in the freezer. Who knew? Let’s just hope that I can get through it all and most of all enjoy myself along the way, and hopefully not too much fun in the form of champagne on Christmas Eve and or morning which could make for an entirely different Christmas lunch all together!