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Christmas eating

Postby different glory » December 20th, 2015, 12:37 am

and cooking. :)
Today I'll finish making the pieces for this year's Gingerbread House. Who's cooking what for Christmas?
Or who's looking forward to eating what? So far the only definite item on our menu is plum pudding (a bought one!).
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. - Psalm 26
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby GregB » December 20th, 2015, 8:46 am

There just the two of us (wife Roser and me) and we stopped sweating over a hot stove at Christmas years ago. We usually buy in prepared dishes (eg. caneloni, a traditional first course, and stuffed chicken roll*) but this year on Christmas Day, we're going to a restaurant in the city centre, Los Caracoles**, which is 180 years old and run by the fifth generation of the same family. On Boxing Day, we're having lunch in a restaurant in the nearby barrio of Gracia called Xativa, famous for its rice dishes, including paella, of course.

I'll report on the fare we sampled after Christmas...

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[**One of the several dining rooms:
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Their chickens are roasted on wood-fired spits outside the restaurant:
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby different glory » December 22nd, 2015, 9:52 am

The stuffed chicken roll looks very complex! Do I take it that this is also a traditional Christmas/celebratory dish? (Something about it looks very Renaissance. :) )
Very sane, to NOT sweat over a hot stove! I'll look forward to the restaurant review.
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby GregB » December 22nd, 2015, 8:17 pm

The chicken roll isn't really a traditional Christmas dish and it's available in markets and butcher's shops all the year round. The stuffing in the photo seems a little special, though the more usual is boiled ham and cheese. They come large and small and the great advantage is that they're boneless and can be easily cut into slices.
http://www.burgersbutchery.com/wp-conte ... ollRST.jpg

I'll report back on the restaurant fare...
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby GregB » December 27th, 2015, 1:24 pm

...and here is my report!

In the first restaurant (Los Caracoles - see earlier post) on Christmas Day, we both had caneloni as the first course, mine the traditional with minced meat filling while my wife had the spinach version (healthier!):
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For the second course, we both had one of our favourite dishes, calamarcitos a la plancha (grilled baby squid):
https://issacevedo.files.wordpress.com/ ... g_4781.jpg
For the sweet, we had Grand Marnier ice cream floating in orange juice:
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In the second restaurant (Xativa - see earlier post) on Boxing Day, for the first course my wife had smoked salmon salad:
http://biltmore.s3.amazonaws.com/66971/ ... -salad.jpg
I had a famous tasty Catalan soup, Escudella, accompanied by the ingredients used in its preparation (very unhealthy!):
http://elmillorrestaurantdebarcelona.co ... -large.jpg
http://elcocineroencasa.com/img/tradicional/gimg8.jpg
Second course was seafood paella, similar to this:
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6229/6345 ... efd6_o.jpg
Lemon sorbet for sweet:
http://www.gastronomiaycia.com/wp-conte ... _limon.jpg

Our favourite white wine, chilled Blanc Pescador with both meals:
http://www.grupperalada.com/img/negocio ... tarosa.jpg

Now it's back to regular fare - and perhaps a day or two of dieting!
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby GregB » December 27th, 2015, 1:26 pm

...and here is my report!

In the first restaurant (Los Caracoles - see earlier post) on Christmas Day, we both had caneloni as the first course, mine the traditional with minced meat filling while my wife had the spinach version (healthier!):
http://www.resuelto.com/wp-content/uplo ... _37085.jpg

For the second course, we both had one of our favourite dishes, calamarcitos a la plancha (grilled baby squid):
https://issacevedo.files.wordpress.com/ ... g_4781.jpg
For the sweet, we had Grand Marnier ice cream floating in orange juice:
https://solarpoweredkate.files.wordpres ... c_0010.jpg

In the second restaurant (Xativa - see earlier post) on Boxing Day, for the first course my wife had smoked salmon salad:
http://biltmore.s3.amazonaws.com/66971/ ... -salad.jpg
I had a famous tasty Catalan soup, Escudella, accompanied by the ingredients used in its preparation (very unhealthy!):
http://elmillorrestaurantdebarcelona.co ... -large.jpg
http://www.terraorigen.com/blog/wp-cont ... 2.2013.jpg

Second course was seafood paella, similar to this:
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6229/6345 ... efd6_o.jpg
Lemon sorbet for sweet:
http://images.media-allrecipes.com/user ... 846552.jpg

Our favourite white wine, chilled Blanc Pescador with both meals:
http://www.grupperalada.com/img/negocio ... tarosa.jpg

Now it's back to regular fare - and perhaps a day or two of dieting!
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
- T.S.Eliot 'Four Quartets'.
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby Pondero » December 27th, 2015, 1:55 pm

I must remember to get blanc Pescador at the LCBO. If they have it. Yes, you dine well Greg.
Our main course was roast beef and a 17.5 lb turkey free range.
We have lots of food left even though one grandchild and our daughter ate turkey for lunch Boxing Day. They are all coming over again today. They will take the trifle with them. What is left of it. I am borderline diabetic so I have to watch what I eat.
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby different glory » January 2nd, 2016, 5:57 am

We had marvellous Christmas eating, of which the most notable parts were the raspberry/strawberry mix with marscapone, the red capsicum and mushroom quiche and the wildly flaming Christmas pudding! all simple (except the pudding) and all delicious.

Now reading my way through Greg's menu - comments are being added one by one. :) LIke Pondy, I'm noting the recommendation of Blanc Pescador with an eye to possible future consumption. :mrgreen:

The spinach canneloni look great! I'd order that, if I were there. :) The Grand Marnier icecream, too. Yum! The smoked salmon looks beautifully fresh - and the Escudella I'd guess was exactly right for a winter's day! (Not all that unhealthy!) Lemon sorbet, too! Sounds like, and looks like, perfection.

Your roasts sound like they did justice to the multitudes, Pondy- and vice versa. I bet the family were delighted to help out with the extra trifle! :)
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby Lyn » January 4th, 2016, 8:33 am

All of your food reports are marvellous and make my mouth water. Pondy, a 17.5 lb turkey is enormous! You can't beat roast beef though.

Sprocket usually describes what he has cooked over Christmas and it always sounds very good.

I didn't cook for Christmas, David did it and it was lovely but I've already said that on another thread. I cooked after Christmas - turkey and roast pork, was pleased with how it all turned out. Beautiful if I say so myself. I did buy a nice gammon joint but decided to freeze it to have sine die. I have some cold roast pork in the fridge but fancy something different tonight, don't know what we will have. Fish would be nice after all that meat and poultry.
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Re: Christmas eating

Postby Pondero » January 4th, 2016, 10:56 am

Mary made four turkey pies out of left over turkey and froze them.Son James picked up two of them on New Years Day. Anne got one We ate the other.
Erika (Jame's wife) provided us with the 17.5 lb turkey.She comes from a farming family near London,Ontario.But I think this turkey was picked up from some one they know in the country around Erin near there own small (15 acre) home/farm.
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