A beautiful crisp, sunny Yorkshire day.

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Breakfast

Roger pouring Freixenet bubbly at the breakfast table

Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, Irish potato farls and Spanish Cava – Freixenet

Presents, Romanian carols, walk, Betty’s Hot Chocolate (present), Calvados, Queen’s Christmas message, English carols

Dinner

Roger at the cooker with prawns in the pan

Prawns, marinated in garlic, ginger, olive oil and chilli pepper for 24 hours, in the hot pan. Note the bottle

Prawns cooked - after 2 mins a side on a very hot iron pan

Prawns cooked – 2 mins a side on a very hot iron pan

Flames as prawns are flambeed in Pernod

The exciting bit – flaming Pernod. Who needs Christmas pudding?

Prawns on the table, with a lovely cold Bourgogne Aligote

Prawns on the table, with a lovely cold Bourgogne Aligote. No knives and forks for these – fingers only

Waiting for a 'chop' from the rack of wild boar; roast potatoes a la Michel Roux Jnr/Albert Bartlett; parsnip puree; red cabbage braised in red wine/wine vinegar with mixed spice; purple sprouting broccoli; 3 Hectare wine from Romania

Waiting for a ‘chop’ from the rack of wild boar; roast potatoes a la Michel Roux Jnr/Albert Bartlett; parsnip puree; red cabbage braised in red wine/wine vinegar with mixed spice; purple sprouting broccoli; 3 Hectare wine from Romania

Pavlova cappuccino, kumquat slices braised in syrup and poached peach.

Pavlova cappuccino, kumquat slices braised in syrup and poached peach.

No room for cheese! Might make a space for a bit of Colston Bassett Stilton before bed. Wensleydale, smoked Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire and Bleasedale Bewety going back in the fridge for another day.

Lazy day tomorrow; to the pub – the Chevin – for lunch! Half hour climb to prick the appetite; if necessary roll back down.

 

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