My love of Christmas is no great secret. I was planning on putting up our Christmas Tree this weekend but unfortunately our greyhound Coney had an nasty encounter with a horse that didn't think much to our mini-racer and consequently she suffered a rather nasty kick to the head. Luckily Coney just came away rather dazed and with some gory cuts and bruises but she'll be OK.
Anyway, if posts are rather sporadic for the next couple of days this is the reason. We are feeling rather discombobulated and all plans for cooking this weekend (which included a brace of Partridge that I was going to write about plucking and drawing - with photos - and some chicken livers which was going to be a follow up article to my offal piece) have gone somewhat to seed.
Here then is my book cover of the week, Elizabeth David's Christmas, which is an essential guide to traditional recipes, along with some more unusual and forgotten dishes from times gone by. I am particularly excited by the spiced beef recipe, which requires a lump of silverside (the cheapest cut of beef you can buy) to be rubbed daily with a spice mix and brown sugar (quite the opposite of salt beef, another dish I was planning on starting this weekend). This wonderful book also includes celebratory dishes from around the world, paticularly Italy and is a perfect bedside read as well as kitchen stalwart