I hope you had a wonderful day eating, drinking and being generally very merry with your loved ones. My best boys and I had a fun and relatively low-key time together at our little London flat cuddled up on the sofa scoffing lots of chocolates and watching all the seasonal TV specials.
I'd bought my man an Apple TV for Christmas, so we also spent a fair chunk of the day FaceTiming our families on the big screen, listening to our playlist of Christmas tunes in surround sound, and working our way through Heroes season #1 on Netflix (which incredibly he's never watched before)!
Instagram photos! Many of these snapshots are from #Project366, plus other seminal moments from 2012 such as meeting Tom Kerridge and Joy the Baker!
As ever, there are a few things I wish I could have improved for the big feast - the goose breast crown was drier than I expected and ironically the leeks in my potato dauphinoise leaked out water whilst cooking and made the cream sauce split. However, everything tasted pretty decent and my orange and honey roasted carrots were the best I've ever made, so I guess on balance I should count this as a success!
The Little Loaf's chocolate and amaretti mini Yule logs. The flourless cocoa sponge was perfectly light, and I loved the surprise when you discovered a crunchy chunk of amaretti in the cream mixture (which we had omitted the chocolate from, in order to provide a stronger flavour contrast). The recipe produced more chocolate ganache and amaretti cream than we required, but I'm not complaining as it makes an amazing topping for my chocolate chip scones!
My cookery book collection has expanded once more, with Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals, Yotam Ottolenghi's Jerusalem and Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries 2 now taking pride of place on the shelf. All three culinary tomes are packed with enticing recipes, styled and photographed so skilfully that we food-bloggers feel admiration and envy in equal measure.
Nigel Slater's descriptive writing is so delightful that he can even make a concoction using the leftovers cluttering up your fridge sound appetising. On Boxing Day I knocked up a variation on his "Bauble and Squeak", a traditional post-Christmas dish which I'd tasted before but never made myself. Kitchen Diaries 2 does provide a list of suggested ingredients with measurements if cooking this from scratch, but the beauty of the classic Bubble is that you can use whatever roasted remnants are to hand...I even threw in the final slice of chicken and leek pie!