27 December 2009
starts with my turning on the Christmas lights
and our salmon, scrambled egg and champagne breakfast
a bit of exercise as we walk down to the open air Lido to watch the swimmers dive in pink and come out blue
and walking back we see a song thrush (see arrow): it's a good omen, no?
I cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's excellent brisket for 5 hours - just look at those juices!
the recipe is for 2 beefs, so it's served with his medium done (should be rare but I rested it for too long) sirloin, grated horseradish yorkshires, sprouts and goose fat potatoes
followed by Hugh's excellent pear and almond cake
then we settle down at 8pm to open our gifts, I only dropped the one hint for these, honest
the Dos Hermanos recommended the Spanish cook book in their blog recently
and then to watch a French film Le scaphandre et le papillon, not one to cheer you up now, but it's jolly good
I hope your celebrations were as relaxed and steady as ours