Christmas with Nigel


It was -13 degrees and snowing but we stayed warm and toasty over Christmas and New Year in the company of family and friends. We also kept our bellies in a state of good cheer thanks to a present from last Christmas – Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries.

Thank you Su, for Mr Nigel Slater! He was our best friend this season.

Being a student again has seriously tightened my belt for eating out. I’ve been feeling so blah-ed out by my own cooking that for a scary, heart-stopping second I almost lost interest in food. Thank goodness for The Kitchen Diaries. It really inspired me during the 2 weeks we were chilling at home.

The ‘Diaries’ filled our home with the rich, savoury aroma of roast goose on Christmas eve. Simple to prepare – all it needed was salt and then into the oven – and very rewarding to watch brown in the oven. Better still was taking it out every so often to turn and baste, and taking deep breaths of the wonderful smell. The accompanying onion gravy was a drunken concoction of braised onions, Marsala, mustard and all the wonderful goose drippings. Love Nigel!

The antidote for gorging ourselves on all that Goose and gorgeous crispy-skinned Roast Pork at our Christmas Day dinner party (also courtesy of Nigel Slater), was a detoxing (if you can call it that) porridge made with a stock from the goose carcass – would have made my Cantonese ancestors proud.

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About Mizdee

Food, food, food. Apart from love, it's the other thing that makes the world go round. When I'm sad it's a comfort, when I'm happy it's a celebration and when I'm not hungry, it's just greediness. But hey! Why not? Life is short too pass up a good meal.

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