Christmas is Coming, the Goose is Getting Fat

December 22nd, 2008

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I’m so incredibly excited all of a sudden! Christmas is just around the corner and I have a fridge jam packed with Christmas goodies that I just can’t wait to start cooking and eating. I’ll admit it now: I’m gluttonous and I’m indulgent and, let’s face it, nothing brings out these rather wonderful qualities more than Christmas!

Yesterday afternoon while I stayed at home wrapping presents Rob braved the supermarket armed with a long list I’d typed out. He came back with bags of food and I immediately felt the excitement of Christmas descend as we unpacked them. There were only a few things left to buy after that mammoth shop such as the booze, which Rob bought this afternoon and the cheese, which I made up my mind I would buy at Neil’s Yard Dairy at Borough Market when I was there with a colleague the other day.

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It was the first time I’d been to the shop and I was very impressed. My colleague was buying a selection of cheese for a friend’s dinner party and was given a friendly and personalised service to help him choose – and we got to taste some fabulous cheeses along the way.

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For my Christmas cheese board I chose Stichelton, Waterloo and Isle of Mull Cheddar (you can view information about all of these here). Being a British cheese shop Neil’s Yard doesn’t stock Brie, which I do love, so I bought a piece of that elsewhere to add to the selection.

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Borough market was open today and I managed to pick up a stem of brussels sprouts while I wandered through, enjoying the very Christmassy atmosphere and taking in the sights of plump turkeys and hanging geese. It looked and felt a little like I’d stepped into ‘A Christmas Carol’ which I’ve been reading on my way to and from work. Certainly I’m full of Christmas spirit now!

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    12 Responses to “Christmas is Coming, the Goose is Getting Fat”

    1. bron Says:

      Hey Julia

      Hope it’s fabulous – and much good eating in 2009

      Bron xx

    2. Anne Says:

      You are so lucky Rob went out and did the bulk for you!! I did a bulk shop both Friday night and Saturday morning amd had to pop back yesterday for the peas I had forgotten oops!

      At least the wander around the market was probably more exciting than the aisles of Tesco’s!

      Hope you have a great Christmas x

    3. Lizzie Says:

      I love Stichelton, it’s one of my favourites.

    4. Food for Thought Says:

      Hi Julia,
      Nice seasonal post and some lovely photographs! Have a very merry Christmas and peaceful New Year.

    5. Julia Says:

      Anne – if the truth be known I’m banned from food shopping with Rob as I spend twice as much time browsing (where as Rob would rather go in and out as quickly as possible) and twice as much money!

      Merry Christmas everyone!

    6. Helen Says:

      I was in Neils’ Yard for 45 minutes on Saturday tasting the cheese! Easily done, I think you’ll agree. I bought Stichelton, a goat cheese which I can’t remember the name of right now and some stinking bishop – yum!

    7. Rob Says:

      Julia
      This is your “other Rob” in PEI Canada – Goose?

      We have one for the new Year – any advice for Goose Virgins?

      Was going down the Duck route – lots of piecing – fat draining and high temp??
      Rob

    8. Margaret Says:

      I was brought up in Stilton Cheese country and the only one to pass my lips – ever – is Colston Bassett. No cheeseboard for me would be complete without this.
      Whenever I visit London, Neal’s Yard Dairy is a must.

    9. Julia Says:

      Helen – easily done indeed!

      Hi Rob – well I also have a goose for new year and it will be the first one I’ve ever cooked! I reckon you’re spot on with the high temperature and fat draining. Are you roasting potatoes in all that yummy fat? You must!

      Margaret – I’ve not tried that, I’ll have to look out for it.

    10. Margaret Says:

      Hi Julia – the Colston Bassett Blue Stilton is in one of your photographs!!!

    11. Julia Says:

      Doh, I must have been half asleep when I wrote that Margaret! Lol.

    12. Pumpy Says:

      Well I have been converted Goose for us next New Year, all going well. I love it at your blog.

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