And so it’s all done for another year.

There were eight of us; more than enough food. Each little party went away with ample tin foiled-wrapped parcels, which means nobody has to cook today and all can make forays to the fridge as and when they’re hungry.

Lunch was a leisurely affair, with swimming between courses. Bonhomie prevailed and everyone was happy.

I am grateful.

Prawn salad with mandarin oranges and jalepino peppers (before being tossed with guacamole).

Liz’s piedmont roasted peppers with haloumi and anchovies. (From the Delia Smith recipe).

My turducken with plum glaze. An enormous success after all the anxiety during the cooking process.

My pineapple and ginger infused gamon roast.

Paul’s meat stuffing with chourizo (from the Gordon Ramsay recipe).

After the salad course, I could only manage a small plate of mains, and skipped out the gravyΒ  and mash bit.

And then … Eton Mess, lemon meringue tartlets, strawberry tartlets and Liz’s chocolate fruit cake (from the Nigella recipe).

Gosh, now that I have all of that out of the way, I feel a snack-atack coming on!


55 Comments Add yours

  1. halfp1nt says:

    *sob* that’s what my gammon was supposed to have looked like! Isn’t the infusion of ginger a wonderful addition to the gammon?
    It all looks heavenly, Cindy, and I’m sure your guests all tucked into their parcels when they got home πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, doubt it after all we ate, but today will be a cold meats snacking day πŸ™‚

  2. Supa says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      ‘Twas great Supa, hope yours was too πŸ˜€

  3. slpmartin says:

    Ha…and some go to bed with just suger plums dancing in their heads…while I get to go to bed with visions of you menu. πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      We kept those less fortunate in mind Charles and donate to a local church who do a free buffet on Christmas Eve. Sleep tight, peace.

  4. leigh says:

    Wonderful πŸ™‚

  5. nursemyra says:

    Oh my Lord… look at those desserts!!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Positively pornographic πŸ˜‰

  6. Count Czardas says:

    Looks great, sounds great, I’m sure it all tasted great. I think gammon is best in the days after Christmas, sliced onto bread.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *nods head and munches on a gamon and mustard sarnie*

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope it’s a good wow, Doc πŸ™‚

  7. Madmom says:

    A wonderful feast.
    My lot fought over the last slice of stuffing. Hubby won. πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, there’s lots leftover here if he want some πŸ˜€

  8. Ohhhhhh, the stuffing! It’s enough to make me brave Gordon Ramsay. Glad the dinner turned out so well and everyone was happy, Cindy πŸ™‚

    Now for leftovers day, and a rest πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      The stuffing can serve as a meal on its own, Kate. I will be making it in the near future and will blog the recipe.

  9. Naomi says:

    Oh wow, what a beautiful feast! One of these days your recipes/posts will have to land up in a book, Cin…or are they already?

    1. theonlycin says:

      The book is in progress, Naomi, should be able to present a proposal to publishers in early Feb. Hold thumbs πŸ™‚

  10. Perfection! What a remarkable spread Cindy. Kudos to you on a job well done! Your guests certainly were teated to a feast.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a group effort, Mandy, and gracious guests made it very special.

  11. souldipper says:

    I hope your book will include your very unique comments and expressions.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe, I will try πŸ™‚

  12. OH MY GOSH, CINDY! That makes my paltry tureen of seafood gumbo look pretty paltry! It looks wonderful, and I would have loved to be there for the turducken! (And all the rest of it too!) Happy 2011, and beyond!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Same to you, Paula πŸ™‚

  13. nrhatch says:

    Wow! Quite the spread!

    We’re having a big pot of veggie soup for lunch ~ with rustic Italian bread.

  14. Liane says:

    A meal fit for a king, Cin! I wouldn’t have mind a doggy-bag myself, especially the lemon meringue tartlets and meat stuffing and roast potatoes of course! LOVE roast potatoes! πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      Me too, could have them as a meal on their own πŸ™‚

  15. Pseu says:


    I had lunch cooked for me yesterday… what a relief! This pm a large beef joint in the oven, for a late meal… won’t be ready until 8:45 pm, letting the boys finish Monopoly!

    Happy Christmas

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sounds good Pseu πŸ™‚

  16. Bee says:

    Sounds like a lovely day. And although I’ve heard plenty about turducken, I have never actualy seen it before. Splendid!

  17. gospelwriter says:

    A veritable feast! I’m so glad the day went well, that bonhomie (as well as an abundance of good food) prevailed at your table.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth, the bonhomie was vital πŸ™‚

  18. All looks wonderful and sounds like fun was had by all. Smiles!

    Have company, but stopping by to wish you the best for the holiday season and the new year, Cindy.

    Blessings to you and yours …

    1. theonlycin says:

      Back at you, Jamie, thanks πŸ™‚

  19. suzicate says:

    You just had to show a pic of those meringues, didn’t you?! I’m DROOLING! I’ve never tried my hand at turducken, but the hubby did once. It was wonderful, but too much work for me to attempt.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I doubt I’ll do it again, suzicate, but I’m glad I tried it.

  20. 25BAR says:

    All of this looks fantastic! I’m sure it tastes great too!
    Merry Christmas!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And a Merry Christmas to you too πŸ™‚

  21. Quel dΓ©lice !! 5 Γ©toiles *****

  22. Can i come to yoru house for Christmas next year?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Of course you can πŸ™‚

  23. Artswebshow says:

    That sure is an abundant spread of very fresh and appetising looking food.
    You must have put a lot of effort into this

    1. theonlycin says:

      I enjoyed every minute of preparation πŸ˜€

  24. pinkpolkadot says:

    Wow, what a feast!! It looks scrumptious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Pinky πŸ˜€

  25. Oh.My.Word. THAT is not Christmas lunch…no ways! Uh-uh…THAT is a Christmas FEAST! Everything looks so yummy. Makes me think that when I do eventually get to visit you, I mustn’t eat for a week before arriving πŸ˜‰ Your table also looked lovely. Sounds like your Christmas was a great one, am so happy for you xxx

  26. Chloe says:

    Oh my word – my mouth is totally watering at these pics!! Your food looks amazing. And, excuse me…..what is this about “…swimming between courses” ? Lol. So happy that your day went well for you xx

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