Initially this Christmas dinner had a theme much removed from where it ended up. Singaporean Steamboat anyone? But due to cabin fever, a quick onset cold and a large dose of nostalgia, we ended up with something straight out of Good Housekeeping 1977.
Determined to make this dinner a festive success, we ventured into freezing London – now a mushy mess of melting snow – to Borough Market, where no less than 5 stalls were lined up together selling mulled wine at 10.30 in the morning. No suprise that they had willing customers, but we had no time to waste on getting wasted… we had a ham to baste.
Cheating a little with the ham this year, we bought a lovely 3 kilo cut from the Ginger Pig, our favourite butchers, pre-cooked and smoked. Snigger if you must on our lack of culinary commitment, but we cut the corners we knew we had to cut, and whilst stuffing our faces with the best sausage roll I have ever had the pleasure of encountering, we moved on to Neal’s Yard. 18 staff were at hand to serve the growing line of eager cheese eaters, a fine tuned orchestration of service that had to be seen to be believed… by the time we had left, the line had stretched out of the shop and trailed down the street.
Returning to the warm comforts of home, the ham got a basting (Ooh, how naughty!) and we got busy with our one and only true Christmas tradition: The Making of Eggnog.
This is the 3rd year of our tradition. A short time I know, in the history of traditions, but one I am committed to. The Eggnog is not a drink that is found so commonly in these parts, but when stuck on what to bring to a Christmas soiree, we stumbled on this. History tells us that it may indeedy be a British original (like all good things, ahem) but the Americans have taken it on and made it their own. And good for them, as there is nothing like a good noggin’ to bring in the Christmas cheer!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May your day be full of good grub, your hand be holding a glass always full and that you are around your beloveds. Here is our gift to you: a Christmas playlist from Bob Dylan’s infamous ‘Theme Time Radio” to listen to while you rip gifts! xxx