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Christmas dinner at Butcher and Beast

December 25, 2017

Two days before Christmas, what was to be Christmas dinner at the Butcher and Beast.

Er, looks like sirloin steak.

Er, yes, sirloin steak.

A communication problem. What was to be a booking for Christmas lunch, was only logged as a table booking.  One would have thought, would have at least asked when booking, is this for Christmas lunch, but apparently not. Was not even aware there was a problem until brought a menu, and queried why. Only then learnt, had not been booked for Christmas lunch.

Hence sirloin steak.

Butcher and Beast is a country pub in the Lincolnshire village of Heighington, not far from Lincoln.

Food at the Butcher and Beast used to be not up to much, overpriced and very variable. Of late, much improved. Roast Sunday dinner a few months ago was excellent

Christmas dinner

December 25, 2016

Christmas dinner, fresh chicken, roast potatoes, sprouting broccoli and peas.

Fresh chicken from local butcher in Heighington, collected Christmas Eve.

Cooked guidance of Jamie Oliver.

Christmas dinner 2015, carrots, celery, laid in the base of baking tin. This lifts the chicken up off the base, allows air to circulate and aids cooking.

This year a variant. Two carrots, two sticks of celery and a red onion. The celery and carrots chopped into large chunks. The red onion cut into quarters, then halved again.

Chicken smeared with butter (to stop drying out), or would have been had the butter been taken out of the fridge, used olive oil spread instead, add a little salt and black pepper (for flavour). Half a mandarin stuffed inside the chicken. No stuffing.  Chicken wrapped in cooking foil to keep in the flavour. Cook for 20 minutes per pound, plus a extra 20 minutes. Weight 5.5 lbs. Cook for two hours at 180 C.

After an hour, remove cooking foil, around the chicken, add roast potatoes and pigs in their blankets.

Last year, par boiled potatoes, then added to roast. This year, roast potatoes from the chiller cabinet in M&S.

Pigs in their blankets, small sausages wrapped in bacon. From Curtis in Sincil Street, a small independent butcher in Lincoln.

Should have stuffed the chicken with a small orange. Er, forgot. Was added, but a mistake as blocked air flow to cook the chicken from the inside.

Sprouting broccoli and frozen peas for vegetables. Bring water to boil, cook for around ten minutes. Add sprouting broccoli, bring to boil, then add peas.

No white wine, white grape juice. Only a con, fizzy water flavoured with concentrated grape juice, sugar added.

Christmas pudding, courtesy of Aldi. Not recommended. Poor quality.

No cream or white sauce, used ice cream.

Christmas dinner

December 25, 2015
carrots, celery, onion. to raise chicken above base of baking tray

carrots, celery, onion, to raise chicken above base of baking tray

chicken in baking tray on raised bed

chicken in baking tray on raised bed

Christmas dinner, fresh chicken, roast potatoes, broccoli.

Fresh chicken from local butcher, cooked guidance of Jamie Oliver.

Lay carrots, celery, in the base of baking tin. This lifts the chicken up off the base, allows air to circulate and aids cooking. Chicken smeared with butter (to stop drying out), add a little salt and black pepper (for flavour). Half a mandarin stuffed inside the chicken. No stuffing.  Cook for 20 minutes per pound, plus a extra 20 minutes.

Not sure of weight. assumed 4 lbs. Cook for two hours.

I was worried it would be overcooked, but no, cooked to perfection.

Potatoes added around the chicken for last hour, after par boiling.

After chicken was removed from the oven to rest prior to carving, green water added, a drop of very high quality Port. Excellent gravy.

Roast potatoes were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.

To drink, champagne (strictly speaking sparkling wine a gift from Cyprus).

Christmas dinner at O’Connor’s Secret Garden

December 17, 2015
O'Connor's Secret Garden

O’Connor’s Secret Garden

Wednesday evening, on my way back from a visit to Winchester Christmas market, I alighted off the bus, walked through Alton, to eat at O’Connor’s Secret Garden.

I knew what I wanted. Peter welcomed me in. We do not  have pork medallions on the menu, but we can do for you.

Why did I have two menus? One was a Christmas menu.  I was going to treat myself to steak. The Christmas menu was cheaper than having steak. Against my better judgement, I decided on the Christmas menu. A mistake, as not very good. Unusual for Peter, as food usually excellent.

I recommended he ditched Hog’s Back Brewery and instead bought in from The Little Beer Corporation.  And certainly not serve rubbish such as Fosters.

Christmas Dinner 2012

December 25, 2012
Christmas dinner: soup of the earth

Christmas dinner: soup of the earth

Christmas dinner: table laid

Christmas dinner: table laid

Christmas dinner: roast parsnips and potatoes

Christmas dinner: roast parsnips and potatoes

Christmas dinner: Brussels and carrots

Christmas dinner: Brussels and carrots

Christmas dinner:  roast turkey with all the trimmings

Christmas dinner: roast turkey with all the trimmings

Christmas dinner always means lots to eat, good food, and today was no exception.

For starters soup of the earth.

Main coarse turkey with all the trimmings.

White wine.

Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and brandy butter.

Sadly many parts of the world have nothing to eat.

Over Christmas, re-broadcast of Martha, Meals and Malawi. Martha raised over £25,000 for a school kitchen in Malawi. All the children get is one bowl of porridge a day.

BBC World will broadcast Martha, Meals and Malawi on 26 December, Please check local time schedules. Worth watching.

Martha, Meals and Malawi broadcast on BBC Scotland and BBC News may be available on-line.