Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Christmas Dinner

We have just enjoyed a most memorable meal, drinking a port earlier in the day. Prior to our meal, we had cocktails.

Without going into too many details, we began with smoked salmon squares accompanied by cherry tomatoes, lettuce, parsley, chives, honey & mustard dressing and lemon. We celebrated with champagne.

Our main course consisted of completely British produce with the exception of the asparagus: free range Ulster turkey, roast potatoes, sausage-meat stuffing, cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon, roast parsnips and asparagus tips along with cranberry sauce.

Our dessert was traditional plum pudding with cream.

Earlier in the day I drove to Redburn Woods for a walk: blue sky, sunny, crisp & dry though cold. In the middle of the woods I spotted a pair of great tits; no need for binoculars and a beautiful sight to behold. They must have seen me coming! Their loud, raucous sound, flitting from tree to tree, warned each other of my presence. I don't see very many great tits at home; the occasional blue tit & coal tit. There was a splendid view of Belfast Lough and Palace Barracks. No sign of life at the barracks: we've only got a few thousand troops in the Province now, so perhaps they were still in bed!

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