Don't sweat the small stuff – it’s just a roast dinner. Sweat the onions for the stuffing instead.
So, things are warming up nicely in the Thyme kitchens. Hampers are groaning with gorgeous goodies. Think ‘Campari Marmalade’ (one of our 'Thoughts from Thyme' recipes this month)! What a treat for toast and Giles’ handmade Whiskey Mac Truffles, yes please! Beautiful preserves from our kitchen gardens and so much more….
Our matured mincemeat, so deep and mellow it makes Santa look like a youngster, is plump with quince and Calvados and ready to fill crisp, buttery pies. Thyme House is decked with glistening leaves and berries from the hedgerows and our beautiful trees are dressed up to the festive nines. There is definitely a jingle in everyone’s bells….
Get Ahead! Get a hat! White, Chef’s or red with a white trim, it matters not, it’s all about the Christmas Spirit. Christmas can be daunting for some, but food at Christmas should be about giving and sharing and most of all enjoying spending time with the people you love. Here is some Thymely advice.
- Make a list – check it twice
- Only have the turkey/goose debate once
- Establish who is washing up early
- Rest that bird! At least an hour…
- Make more roast potatoes than you think the entire village could eat
- Make sure the carving knife is sharp and driver of said knife is reasonably sober
- Make lashings of HOT, HOT gravy
- Thank the Chef
- Sweat the small stuff – it’s just a roast dinner. Sweat the onions for the stuffing instead
- Sit down for lunch any time before 3. The Queen and the Bridge over the River Kwai will not be an issue then …
- Leave the pigs in blankets at the back of the fridge
- Serve the cranberry sauce cold
- Forget to top up the waters and open the window when the pudding is in her bath
We are so very much looking forward to Christmas, but planning for 2016 is something that has been underway for many months, so do look out for some ideas for wonderfully healthy menus, cookery classes that are all about wellbeing and some really special stays which will be announced in the New Year but we won't mention it again until the festivities are over. So on behalf of all of us here in the kitchens at Thyme... that’s Giles – our Baker and Wise Man, Darryl – our Culinary Royalty and Our King, Marj (that's me) – the shepherd who keeps us all calm and together and Derek – our Arch Angel and beloved washer-up! 'We wish you a joyful, peaceful and plump Christmas and look forward to welcoming you here at Thyme in 2016'