I have walnut and raisin bread rising. I have stuffed the goose with a mix of sausagemeat, cranberries, apricots soaked in Cointreau, crumbled black pudding, a mixture of white and soda bread crumbs. I have made stuffing balls with herbs from the garden, and more breadcrumbs.
I have rubbed fivespice powder into the goose’s skin, and Pete is currently trimming his legs (the goose’s, that is!) with a hacksaw so that I can fit it in the oven. Mr Goose will be basted with the aforementioned Cointreau, and some honey.
I have cooked a gammon in ginger beer, cloves, cinnamon and satsumas. I have made a huge fruit cake laced with bourbon. I have pigs in blankets, and red cabbage in the freezer. I still have to do do the potatoes, sprouts and parsnips, and make brandy butter, but we’re on target. Tomorrow’s plan is to go for a walk on the North Sea coast once Johnny Goose is en-ovened, to work up an appetite. And there will be smoked salmon and blinis for Xmas Day high tea.
*And* I have industrial quantities of Maltesers. Well, it is Christmas.
I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas, and see you in the New Year!