Feasting, Scrooge, and a Christmas Party

It’s all over… I ache, and my hands are a sight to behold with burns, grate marks and beetroot stains…but it was all worth it!

I have been cooking since Friday.

I started with the pork pies as I knew they would give me a huge sense of pride right at the beginning of the marathon but I also knew they would be tricky, nerve wracking and time consuming. They didn’t disappoint on all fronts!

Next I tackled the sweets, late at night with a glass of wine I stuffed orange flower scented almond paste into sticky prunes and dipped them in dark 70% cocoa chocolate… my gosh they are delicious (if I do say so myself!)

I was on a roll that night and because we had decided that of course we could throw our traditional Christmas party for 30 people the next day, I made 2 batches of pastry, 1 for the sausage rolls and 1 for the mince pies.

On Saturday I made the next pork pie, the pork stock for jelly (more on that debacle later), wrapped the sweets in waxed paper squares, 50 wild boar and venison sausage rolls, 50 mince pies and the pickled beetroot slices. We had a party inbetween.
Sunday was the mega marathon. I did the Tudor mince pies, jellied the pork pies, made the pheasant main dish (to marinade overnight) and 2 almond milk  jellies. With a break in the midle to watch the 1951 Alistair Sim Scrooge with that memorable line: “Oh Peter Peter, come and hear the pudding singing in the copper!” (You thought I was going to say “Gawd bless us, everyone” didn’t you!?)

Monday was veg: I peeled and trimmed all the little carrots, scrubbed, chopped and pre-roasted the artichokes, made the pearl barley salad, de-seeded the pomegranates, poached pears in wine and spices and made a syrup, baked the vegggie main and got everything packed into a hundred and one boxes and and traveled on down to another, slightly less well equipped kitchen…to feast.

I want to say thank you to all my wonderful guests and incredible waiters. Your enthusiasm and clean plates were a joy. Thank you for making the first supper club such a magical memorable event. Watch this space for all the recipes so you can recreate the fun at home (!)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Now for the next one….

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8 responses to “Feasting, Scrooge, and a Christmas Party

  1. Malcolm Brown

    Well done Anna
    see you on Chris Eve
    Malcolm
    [and don’t expect your sort of quality!!]

    • Malcolm! I am SO excited about Christmas Eve it’s going to be so lovely to see you all. Thanks for stopping by the blog… Last night was glorious. I am very relieved and exhausted in equal measure x

  2. Juliet Harvey

    Anna everything shows your eye for detail, your wit and your creativity.
    I love the slice of orange next to the menu.
    I hope you can now have a little rest.

    Love mum xxx

  3. Lucy Dixon

    You are sensational – you may find that no one will ever cook for you again!! Look forward to seasonal festivities in Brizzle xx

  4. Rosalind

    Ans it looks fabuloso, so sad I couldn’t come. You’ll have to make me a pheasant stuffed with glories for my 30th! Well done you. Xx

  5. A true feast. Have a Merry Christmas.

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