Nothing traditional here, since the 2 of us were celebrating quietly this year.
CHRISTMAS EVE (strictly speaking, a Christmas Day breakfast)
Thin slice of haddock, tuna tartare (soy sauce, chive, wasabi, sesame oil, black sesame, red beet syrup) , potato puree (with mixed haddock)
Roasted duck breast with ginger and wine syrup, hazelnuts, parsley coulis and carrot
The wine, ginger and poultry stock reduction was very strong and bitter ginger taste on its own, but surprisingly coated on the duck, it was very palpable on the cooked duck. We were less hot with the parsley puree, extremely overwhelming in taste. (I guess one should put less, just a touch, haha)
Baba au rum, chantilly, orange and grapefruit with vanilla ice-cream
Savarin cake was imbibed with orange zest, canne sugar water and rhum agricole. First name we found the cake a bit dried. Next day, it was much more moist. I was playing a bit with the ice-cream making I used David Lebovitz’s recipe.
CHRISTMAS DINNER (We skipped lunch, not even hungry.)
Roasted scallops, carrot, clementine, tonka and wasabi, carrot puree
This was the most complicated recipe, at least 3 sauce reduction, and other preparation, but it was delicious. Creamy sauce was made with scallop corals, shallot, white wine, tonka and wasabi. The condiment of scallop consisted of cooked carrot (chicken broth), endive, crispy bread, clementine and lime zest, zeros and balsamic vinegar, clementine juice + white wine reduction and Espelette pepper.
Grilled clementines and oranges, clams and cockles
Pretty straight forward, it was good, especially the coques!
Bresse capon with lemon butter and rosemary, celery
Skin was crispy, meat was moist but firm, which is the biggest difference with a chicken
Cleaning a bird was tough!! Never did this before! This animal came with a furry head, greyish blue feet and organs! Watched numerous You Tube tutorials, and needed Mr n’s help to completely empty the bird! Butter with lemon zest was introduced under the chicken skin the night before.
Raspberry and grapefruit buche ice-cream, from Picard
Lessons learned :
Need more room in the fridge. It was a juggling game to pile up all the glass jars and storage containers in a fridge that was already full of ingredient. A nightmare to take things out each time. Should tidy up the fridge before big cooking.
Should make sure that the accessories of the rarely used robots were all there before cooking.
Better organisation in terms of procedures and preparation.
Read the recipe and think before doing the actual cooking. All of the recipes I used were first timers.
Be less ambitious.
Haha, but was fun anyway!