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By Dave Snowden  ·  December 27, 2011  ·  Cooking

nostalgia.jpgFor those who have asked for the Christmas cooking blog there is no real point. I have very conservative children, so we repeated last years menu, which was a repeat of 2009 (blogged in detail), which was a repeat of 2008 and so on. They are both at University now so they return home in anticipation that nothing will change, or will have changed. I seem to remember that I did the same thing at their age. I was allowed to remove the brussels sprouts as no one ever eats them anyway, substituting spinach with nutmeg but that was about...

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Turkey Tetrazzini

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 29, 2009  ·  Cooking

200912282326.jpg The final cooking blog for Xmas, back to less serious stuff tomorrow! My promised recipe for the best recipe I have found for cold turkey. Its takes a bit of effort and it involves sauces sensitive to any failure to attend to them continuously. I doubled all these quantities today as I had a lot of people to feed, and you might want to do the same anyway. This is a great dish cold or to reheat. Apologies to Steve by the way, I hadn't realised that our office in Singapore is now majority vegetarian, with consequences for his eating...

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Country style

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 27, 2009  ·  Cooking

200912272305.jpgMy daughter decided to invite a set of university friends home for a few days in the country. They are all Londoners so in contrast daughter appears positively rural, although its only in contrast. Her natural habitat is the nightclub, bar or restaurant rather than a dawn walk over the downs. The net effect of this invitation is that I had to prepare a country meal today. Not only that I had to prepare it in advance as by the time the guests arrive . I plan to be in Cardiff for a rugby match against the Dragons that we need to win,...

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Christmas with the Aga

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 26, 2009  ·  Cooking

200912260840.jpg Yesterday I outlined the preparation of red cabbage for Christmas Day, now I want to move on to the rest of the meal. Firstly to the turkey, in our case a 22lb Norfolk Bronze. The stuffing is key here and I normally do two. The first is sausage meat in the crop and I always use Wild Boar sausage, it has a richer more gaming taste than ordinary sausage and there is no need to enhance it with herbs and spices. For the main body I mix a dozen each of oysters and chestnuts with a handful of apricots with the breadcrumbs and dampen with...

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Near death experience and red cabbage

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 24, 2009  ·  Cooking

200912241335.jpg After a near death experience this morning (rain falling on frozen ground creating sheet ice throughout village) I am planning to stay indoors for the next 48 hours until life and limb are safe once more. One foot on the step leading up to the drive at 0700 this morning saw me spread eagled on the ground. At times I was on all fours to make it to the drive where gravel at least meant the car would make it to the road. A very careful and eventful journey on un-gritted roads got me finally to the butcher, and thence to Waitrose to...

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