How was your Christmas?

We’ve had a blissful, no clock watching, no commitments, no plans kind of couple of days.

Not that we just lounged aroud the whole day every day eating chocolates: we made a bracing walk in Hyde Park with the hounds, did some leisurely sales shopping + had a delicious lunch at the Wolseley, made our annual “pilgramage” to Essex with a bag full of dog treats, cans of sardines + a cheque in support of the wonderful rescue work Johanna Beumer and her team are doing, and managed to fit in a gym and Pilates session as well as catch up on piles of reading and must-see DVDs.

These are some of the things we ate:

Christmas day – chicory, grapefruit + smoked salmon salad, pot roast guinea fowl with juniper + grappa, cavolo nero, molten chocolate puddings

Boxing day – not in the mood to have the cottage pie made with braised ox cheeks, red wine and rosemary. Instead had ginger and chilli butternut squash soup with Parma ham wrapped grissini.

Finally opened a bottle we were given earlier this year: Francis Coppola 2007 black label claret, made in the style of Bordeaux’ Medoc type wines with Cabernet-Sauvignon grapes.

We ignored the “government warning” at the bottom of the label.

Iwas not that impressed with the Christmas cake that came as part of a hamper my better half received: beautifully decorated in stylish cream + white but cake to marzipan/icing ratio wrong and cake too light to my taste.

And another jar of chutney: is there anyone who actually manages to use up the ubiquitous jars that are part and parcel of every Christmas hamper? Maybe I can re-gift it…

No left-overs chez nous, thank God: not keen on days and days of picking at a cold turkey carcass.

Instead we are enjoying some lighter meals full of flavour and made with fresh ingredients: linguine vodka arriabiatta, red Thai curry with tofu, chilli beef noodles.

I wonder what new year holds.

What will your new year’s resolutions be?


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