As ever, a big part of the celebrations was the food and we had some unparalleled successes this year, including a sublime Christmas pudding ice cream on the day itself, and a majestic rib of beef at my parents' house on New Year's Eve. But some of the very nicest things were those meals that were thrown together from the leftovers.
I'm considering buying a turkey breast joint soon just so that D can make another turkey curry. This was a thing of serious beauty: the meat simmered alongside cubes of potatoes in coconut milk, a splash of cream and mild spices. We ate little else for two days running.
Traditional Boxing Day sandwiches were a highlight:
Turkey, gammon, sausage meat, strong Cheddar, lettuce, cucumber and a generous swipe of mayo. We didn't even have turkey on Christmas Day - we just cooked one so I could construct this beast of a thing. Excuse the photo by the way - bad even by the standards of this blog - this was taken quickly just so I could send it to my Mum. Who immediately responded with "Wow, that is a sandwich".
Speaking (sort of) of gammon, one lunchtime D constructed little ham hash cakes, fried until crispy and topped with a perfectly poached egg:
A perfect brunch dish.
And as a final hurrah, a couple of weeks ago we used the last of our Christmas cheese to make a tartiflette, that classic apres-ski dish. If you haven't, y'know, actually been skiing this is almost (almost!) too rich, but with a hefty spoonful of sauerkraut on the side we powered through and D has already requested a repeat performance. This Hairy Bikers' recipe is a close approximation of the one I used - highly recommended, but go for a good long walk beforehand. And, possibly, afterwards.