Saturday, It’s 11am already, the morning has just run away with itself. This is despite me waking at 6, the normal work day time. I dosed till 7 and then was keen to get the day on the road. The plan to hit my favourite fish and butchers shop before the chaos starts.
Nowhere nearorganised enough to think ahead and place an order this year, the dates forlast orders long since gone. We are also being cooked for on Christmas day sothe pressure was off. Despite thatthough I’m whipped up into a frenzy of trying to fit in a years’ worth ofcooking over the space of a few days. I’m a rabbit in headlights though, so many days, so little time tothink, all my books staring at me….the food magazines pushing all these thingsthat oooze Christmas. The ramp up hasnowhere been subtle and then there’s the TV chefs with their Christmas specialsfilmed way back in autumn….the leaves on the trees giving away theinauthenticity of the whole thing…..harmless though.
So breathe…..we drewup a plan last night a simple grid….days across the top and breakfast, lunch,dinner/tea by the side…..a simple plan to fill in as things firm up.
The butchers……they’dbeen open since 7.30 I arrived at 8, and a fine display of everything, full onstaff and a couple of runners for orders. I’d clocked a couple of recipes for slow cooked lamb shoulder recently,an Ottolenghi and a Nigel, not sure which off the top of my head. Boxing day taken care of. Some stewing venison….if anything can go inthe freezer for the week of January once stewed. Chipolatas and streaky for the pigs inblankets….we are in charge of the nibbles for Christmas lunch…..they need to besubstantial….who knows when we will eat.
The fish monger……Ipassed them first but I don’t think they were ready for me, so 20 mins later ahealthy turnaround of folk….but not too bad that I would be looked at as anidiot as I ask for a side of salmon (not in the window) for home curing. Christmas tea/boxing day lunch taken careof. A few other pieces, couple filletsof haddock for a risotto or kedgeree. Couple of fillets of trout. Atsome point a light salad is required and then two pieces of wolf fish for thefreezer. The fish shop shuts for 2 weeksfrom Christmas eve….so I’m thinking ahead.
Puddings anddesserts are spinning round my head…..apparently an egg mountain has grown inthe fridge and I’m in trouble with the boss. It was my fault, I was going to bake for work. The school Christmas concert and a Ceilidh atthe local church hall for some pals who returned from New Zealand for 4 weeksgot in the way.
I have plans for ayuletide log, and a chocolate méringue, again from magazine cuttings and thepaper…..the idea of getting more than 5 mins to sit down and read a luxury……Ineed to carve some time out.
In the odd momentwere I got to read some of the paper food section last Sunday, the articleinterviewed some well know chefs who talked about the favourite thing they atelast year. I was racking my brain tothink what was my favourite thing and where. Then it came to me and I’m making it this weekend. Cured Salmon, grated beetroot, salt, vodkaand time in the fridge.
So one thing I’mgoing to do from now on in is get better at keeping a food diary, so it’s easyto reflect and use this year as a forward plan for next (promises,promises!).
Thanks for popping by for Coffee, as the days go by I hope you find peace and tranquillity, you enjoy the holiday season and I wish you a Merry Christmas.
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