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#61 Aquarelle

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Posted 24 December 2018 - 16:37

Well I thought about a turkey, a capon, a Bresse chicken,  - even an ordinary chicken. But in the end I have decided on   quails - one each.  Bit smaller than a turkey but I couldn't face the thought of finding the rest of that at the bottom of the freezer in a few years' time.


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Posted 24 December 2018 - 17:06

Picked up our Crown from M & S, and was a normal turkey missing legs and wings.  Should have been 3.1 - 3.6 kilos.  Ours is right at the bottom level so rather smaller than we were anticipating.  Still should feed 9 Christmas Day (2 are young granddaughters)  and some left for Boxing Day (7 of us) as we are cooking a gammon joint too. 

Yes - F#minor. My M&S turkey crown was also at the bottom end of the spectrum, but I didn't want to go into the larger banding.  Looks as though one of us will be joining the pescatarian - probably me - with some salmon on Boxing day - but it can be augmented by stuffing of which there will be plenty.


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Posted 24 December 2018 - 17:08

Well I thought about a turkey, a capon, a Bresse chicken,  - even an ordinary chicken. But in the end I have decided on   quails - one each.  Bit smaller than a turkey but I couldn't face the thought of finding the rest of that at the bottom of the freezer in a few years' time.

I had guinea fowl at a restaurant earlier in December. I wasn't quite sure what it would be like, but it was just like a mini chicken, so if you're ever stuck again I recommend guinea fowl on some kind of jus with root ginger. Yum!


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Posted 24 December 2018 - 17:53

Have decided to ride the wave and brine the beast. It meant an emergency dash to Sainsburys for a drum of sea salt, but the crown is now submerged in a bucket of brine with added herbs, onion and black treacle.
It may look lke nothing on earth but here's hoping it will taste ok. Good luck with your various fowl, fish etc folks, and have a happy Christmas!
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Posted 24 December 2018 - 19:13

 

Well I thought about a turkey, a capon, a Bresse chicken,  - even an ordinary chicken. But in the end I have decided on   quails - one each.  Bit smaller than a turkey but I couldn't face the thought of finding the rest of that at the bottom of the freezer in a few years' time.

I had guinea fowl at a restaurant earlier in December. I wasn't quite sure what it would be like, but it was just like a mini chicken, so if you're ever stuck again I recommend guinea fowl on some kind of jus with root ginger. Yum!

 

I love Guinea Fowl, not had one for some time.. Some years ago I attended a luncheon at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.  Over 100o present. How on earth did they  manage to cook 1000 portions of guinea fowl ?


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Posted 24 December 2018 - 23:10

 

Well I thought about a turkey, a capon, a Bresse chicken,  - even an ordinary chicken. But in the end I have decided on   quails - one each.  Bit smaller than a turkey but I couldn't face the thought of finding the rest of that at the bottom of the freezer in a few years' time.

I had guinea fowl at a restaurant earlier in December. I wasn't quite sure what it would be like, but it was just like a mini chicken, so if you're ever stuck again I recommend guinea fowl on some kind of jus with root ginger. Yum!

 

We do eat guinea fowl quite often here -  the ones we get are more or less the same size as a chicken. I like it better than chicken but my companion isn't very keen.  As it turned out one quail would have been enough. There are two halves left! So I suppose we'll finish them tomorrow. it really was a mini Christmas meal. Oh, I should explain - the Christmas meal here in France is eaten on Christmas Eve so we had ours earlier this evening.


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 09:59

Vegetarian - I used to make a nut-loaf in a kind of brioche. But a while ago I came across the Hairy Biker's nut-loaf and they use spelt which I thought was a brilliant idea so I modified their recipe to put more flavour in the loaf rather than in the gravy and hey presto a really interesting vegetarian loaf which slices really well especially when it's cold.We skipped Christmas pud this year as we've both decided we don't like it! It's taken us long enough to realise though...


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 11:20

I miss Christmas pudding. Love it!


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 11:26

We love Chrismation pudding. We have it all year round!
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Posted 30 December 2018 - 12:46

My very high % Rumtopf that I started laying down in early summer is rapidly shrinking. Hoping to save enough of it to make a sozzly trifle for my birhday in January, which is on the first day of school term, so I'll deserve it!
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