said The Captain at 5.30pm on Christmas Day
"Of course we do!" Said The Mother Hen, somewhat indignant that her husband would call into question the contents of her Christmas larder.
The Mother Hen is Margot. Christmas comes in a van. Fast forward to 6 min 50 secs.
The marscapone was for the seafood dressing, an unusual and delicious inclusion from a recipe The Captain sourced.
Then The Other Miss Pickering delighted us with a Salted caramel chocolate tart. The recipe for which she has kindly given me. Be warned it is addictive, and you will need some strong espresso to go with.
175g Plain flour
15g Icing sugar
90g Salted butter, chilled and cubed
1 Egg yolk
300g Golden caster sugar
250ml Double cream
200g Salted butter
150g Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
¼ tsp Sea salt
Make the pastry,line a tart tin and bake blind.
Heat the sugar and a tablespoon of water in a pan and heat without stirring until it turns amber.
Add of the 200ml double cream, stir in 175g of the butter and simmer for a few minutes.
Pour into the pastry case and chill.
Melt the chocolate and remaining cream and butter in a pan, pour over the tart and sprinkle on the sea salt.
Chill for a few hours.
What of the turkey? Well, it is now residing in the freezer along with the bread sauce, 3 different types of stuffing, the pudding and various other accompaniments.
We will do Christmas when all family members are well and not residing in an Isolation ward. The importance of family has never been more prominent.
Like a court jester, The Hound raised spirits by donning a number of outfits. There are more.