Julie Biuso - My fave time of year ... just saying.
Make notes. Make
notes. Make notes. It really does help. And there's the satisfaction of
crossing things off a list!
fave time of year ... just saying.
Okay, countdown time … I’m going to
squeeze in as many festive recipes or Links to them as possible this week
This week I’m in love with these lamb roasts with a golden crunchy crust
and a gorgeous jus with red grapes, almonds and damson jelly. These will
be on my table this Christmas day with jersey bennes AND crunchy spuds, just ‘cause
we can! I’ve chosen them not just because they are juicy and tender and
have great flavour, but because they are fast to prepare and cook in 15
minutes. Yay! More time to enjoy bubbly and yak with the family, which is
what Christmas is all about (spending time with family I mean, not just
enjoying bubbly!). Roast Lamb with Lemon & Rosemary
I’ll probably commit to the peas and pancetta as well, so that’s a quick
green vege sorted. Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake and buy
ready-minted baby peas. They’re revolting! They smell and taste medicinal.
Either grow your own – it’s a bit late now to be gardening for the
Christmas table – so just buy a mint plant. Easy. Peas with Pancetta
If you are looking for something a bit more exotic, check out the duck.
This is no ordinary duck recipe … there’s quite a bit going on with
chilli, lime, pomegranate seeds and hot red chilli … but watermelon and
lychee cool things down. The pic is a bit munted – taken on a very old
iPhone but it gives you the idea. This is a great recipe for an outdoor
lunch. Maybe add some seafood, some salads, and enjoy Christmas a new
way. Roast Duck with Lychee,
Watermelon & Watercress Salad
I’ve also done a run-down on bacon, the cuts and types of bacon and cures
used, and included notes on pancetta. Bacon & Pancetta
And here’s a link to the best way of carving a ham. Carving Ham
I’ve used this method for years and I was confident enough to carve a
slice or three for the late, very great, Maestro Luciano Pavarotti when I
served him lunch a few years back. There’s nothing worse than feeling
inadequate faffing around trying to slice a ham with people watching. Of
course you need the correct knife – a long thin bladed one is ideal.
Talking knives, yep, tomorrow will be cut-off day for getting FURI knives
ordered and guaranteed out to you in time for Christmas. If you missed
the offer last week, I am running a special WHOPPING 20% OFF FURI KNIVES & DIAMOND
FINGERS SHARPENERS. They make fab gifts, and are good for
wedding gifts, special occasion gifts, or, as many people did last week,
gift them to yourself or your partner to make cooking in 2018 a joy.
And the glorious Pav pictured above? Here's the recipe. It is da bomb and many have
imitated it, but this is the real McCoy with all the tips you need to
ensure you have great success with a pavlova this summer.
And another version, and my fave way of serving Pav, filled with cream
and yoghurt. It makes it less rich and the tang of yoghurt cuts the
overall sweetness. A great result, I think. Lots more tips and pics here
too. Pavlova Perfection
Have a great week … don’t rush around like a mad thing and send yourself
into a spin …STAY CALM and carry on. A cliché, for sure, but handy to
remember in the heat of the moment.