The main principle of Christmas, I always find, is to commit the sin of gluttony all day, every day for one whole month, and grow half a foot wider in the process. At least, that’s how it appears to be in my household.
Here on Expensive Tastes it has been decided that a small look-back at the reasons we now can’t quite fit into those jeans we bought in November… from both a food and beverage perspective.
Instead of a Christmas Dinner at Southampton branch, we had an evening of cheese
Went veggie amidst escaping uni for a while – in the form of a Goat’s Cheese and Onion Marmalade Panini
Cosmopolitan, as served at the Grand Harbour Hotel, after a relaxing swim and a heavenly massage.
Roasted Fillet of Salmon, served with a broth of bacon and broad beans. At fantastic value from the Grand Harbour Hotel.
Chocolate Brownie served with Fudge Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream, to finish off a gorgeous experience at Southampton’s Grand Harbour Hotel.
Warming and soothing – a long-matured Leek and Potato Soup
Home-baked goods don’t get better than the grandmother’s sausage rolls.
Making early use of our Brussels’ Sprouts, with our Bucks Fizz-infused Smoked Salmon
Batches of Mince Pies, baked en masse
The best way to get rid of leftover mincemeat and excess pastry – make a massive mince tart. Whoever said mince pies had to be small?
We had a Christmas pub crawl one night in Poole, which fell on Fish Friday at our local Wetherspoons “The Quay”.
Cheese Krakauers during the darts at Alexandra Palace.
Hawaiian Pizza to start off the evening session at Alexandra Palace.
Treble Pies during the game, at Café Football in Stratford, London.
Banoffee Dive – the butterscotch-banana calzone, as served at Café Football.
The A-Team Burger from Café Football
The Giggsy’s from Café Football
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream, as served at Café Football
Raspberry Ripple, from the Sky Bar at Aspers Casino, Stratford
A practice Christmas Dinner for a few friends – gammon and Halal Chicken with trimmings
Poole branch’s Christmas Turkey – weighing at a half-decent 7kg
Salmon en Croûte with New Potatoes and Peas
2014’s Christmas Dinner
1-Year Matured Christmas Pudding with Custard
Scottish Smoked Salmon with Toasted Ciabatta, served with a Cream Cheese dip – as served by Lupa, Southampton
Deep-Fried Brie with Beetroot Salad – a starter from Lupa, Southampton
Included on Lupa’s specials menu was Spaghetti with Langoustines
A posh main course from Lupa, in the form of a Cod Suprême with King Prawn and Saffron Velouté and Caviar
A small visit to Milton Keynes brought us to dinner in a Wetherspoons – and this Steak and Kidney Pudding.