We were lucky to have an extended Christmas this year celebrating the week before Christmas with a Japanese feast and then on Christmas Eve I decided to do some more traditional food for the 4 of us!! And we proceeded to eat the leftovers from Christmas Day till New years Eve!!
I was so excited to set my table for Christmas Eve dinner, I set it on Saturday night – 4 nights early!! I had just collected my early Christmas pressie 4 new dinner plates and a new serving platter form my favourite ceramics lady Sallee Warner. I got so excited setting the table I proceeded to put all my Sallee Warner Ceramics on the table that I have collected over the years and was very surprised at how many beautiful pieces I have. It turned out lucky that I set my table early because on the day of Christmas Eve I ended up delivering 3 Thermomix!!
On the day before Christmas Eve, I went to visit my Chef friend Eloise Emmett who had promised to help me with my Turduckenail – Thank goodness she did because I was very slow at deboning the birds. She had helped me make a Turducken on a couple of years ago and it was delicious. I had some quails in the freezer so thought I was being inventive by adding the quail in too. But it turns out Ellie had already done that a few years ago! Ellie took out the bones from the Turkey leaving the legs and wings in place, I deboned the duck and cut the legs and wings off the deboned jumbo quails (we ate those for dinner that night with a teriyaki sauce YUM!) So we placed the Turkey into the baking tray and then the duck inside that – the small chicken inside that and the quail meat followed by a thyme & bread stuffing. Then it was secured into place with a couple of skewers. See Ellie’s recipe here. I served mine with the leftover teriyaki sauce basted on towards the end of cooking. And used the bones to make a delicious stock for the gravy ( I forgot to take a photo of that gravy) I also had more stock left that I used to make an amazing mushroom broth.
So Christmas Eve dinner was the main event this Christmas I arrived home about 2.30 promptly placed the Turduckenail into the oven and steamed the potatoes in the varoma before roasting them in duck fat in the oven. I steamed the cauliflower in one thermomix while I made the bechamel sauce in the other thermomix for the cauliflower gratin and peeled and chopped the other veggies ready to roast. I used the thermomix to reduce the stock and make a delicious gravy. And I also made an amazing homemade butter and added my own homemade miso. This was to serve with the homemade sourdough bread I had baked the previous day, because we didn’t already have enough food!!
I had planned a few different desserts that didn’t happen so it was lucky my wonderful friend had made me a delicious Christmas pudding that we had for dessert with some thermomix made vanilla bean custard. We didn’t actually need any dessert but it’s just what you do isn’t it?
One of my favourite Thermomix cookbooks by Dani Valent. I’ve made so many recipes from this book already but some photos were on my old phone – so I’m very happy to cook, photograph and eat as many recipes from this awesome book again. YUM!!
I never need an excuse to eat or cook but I have noticed that I have been eating less chocolate than in previous years of my life. What is going on???? A few years ago when someone would ask me my favourite food I would say Cheese & Chocolate because everything is better with both of these ingredients right? Don’t worry I still love chocolate but I love dark chocolate & I am also having a love affair with Ruby Chocolate too!! My palate always leans to savoury food. YUM!! Last Easter I tried a recipe from Dani Valent’s In the Mix Cookbook a duck liver parfait with a chocolate foam & gingerbread crumbs!! Wowsers!! It was soooooo good!!
So I am officially starting a new Easter tradition (in my belly at least ) and this year I made Tazziberry Hot Cross Buns to go with the same Dark Chocolate Foam (it’s kind of like a mousse) and I made chicken liver parfait which I added tazziberries, truffle & black garlic to the recipe!! I am going to confess to have eaten almost the whole thing by myself over the course of a few days!! And I am not sorry at all!!
Speaking about homemade Easter buns, I can not be bothered putting the crosses on top unless it’s made out of something delicious like chocolate or cream cheese YUM!! Don’t be scared to choose your own Easter Bun Adventure when it comes to flavours your imagination is your only limit just use the recipe from the Basic Cookbook & add whatever combination of fruits berries, nuts or chocolates you like. You can see some of my crazy creations here
The next thing I am going to include in my new Easter Tradition is Ellie’s Taramasalata recipe which I hope she will be releasing very soon because it’s absolutely delicious!! I don’t personally see the need to only eat seafood at Easter, I love seafood all the time so I’m happy to oblige.
Chilli Mussels from the basic cookbook are still my favourite served with crusty sourdough bread & homemade saffron butter!! YUM!!