Wednesday, 28 December 2011

We May Have Overdosed On...........

Professional Masterchef!

Fish Starter
We decided to go away for Christmas Day - well sort of.  We moved into the gite for the day and had our Christmas lunch in there.  There was a variety of reasons for this. Firstly, our house is in the process of having works done on it and has cables etc. hanging down everywhere.  Secondly we do not have a proper living room, whereas the gite does, and lastly it seemed a good idea and keeps the gite in use.

A Christmas tree and decorations were put up, the fire lit and off we went.  There was a little to-ing and fro-ing with presents, dishes and bottles but overall it was excellent.  I had somehow volunteered to cook the lunch this year (anything to get out of the washing up) and set to.  I must admit I did have help from Rosie and Sally in the cooking of some of the dishes and the preparation of vegetables etc.

Our menu was;
Fish Gourmand Starter

Trou Normande (Apple Sorbet with Calvados)

Roast Chicken 
Roast & Fresh Vegetables
Chestnut Stuffing & Bread Sauce

Christmas Gourmand

Christmas Gourmand
I must admit that most of the starter was bought but the desert was mainly home made. All of us find that after a big roast dinner eating Christmas Pudding is too much and I hit on the idea of having some form of Christmas Gourmand.  Café Gourmand is a common desert in restaurants here, and is usually made up of a coffee, crème caramel, a tart and cream.  Our Christmas Gourmand consisted of a small Christmas Pudding and a filo mince tart, a glass of fromage blanc and strawberry sauce, a skewer of fresh fruit (all made by Rosie), a little chocolate and a squirt of crème - with a choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. It worked a treat and made a very pleasant end to our meal.

The boys gave me good marks for my presentation but some of the flavours let me down.  On well - better luck next year.  And the slates plates - well we had ours before they appeared on Masterchef.  In fact I was going to use roof slates but we then found them on sell in various shops - it looks like they are a bit in fashion at the moment.

We hope you all had a good Christmas and wish you all the best for 2012.

1 comment :

  1. Looks like a wonderful meal and VERY well presented.

    So nice that you managed 'to get away' for Christmas. And with no travel delays to worry about either or packing to do!!

    Sue xx


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