Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Day 2012

We had a wonderful Réveillon last night at home, fine French red wines from 2005 and 2009 to accompany our Cipaille, which is a typically centuries old Canada traditional Christmas dish. Will made them the day before, it is a huge pie of veal, chicken, beef and Venison meat. The Venison was a gift of a hunter friend, who goes on an annual hunt each Autumn North of Ottawa in the great primeval forests. Mix in with vegetables like carrots, potatoes, white mushrooms and onions. It was rich and excellent, though our Chef Will did not think so. But then again he is never satisfied with his own cooking though it is always very good, I figure about 38,000 meals so far he is not happy with, we all assured him it was very good. Ah, les artistes! 

We started our meal with an very good prosecco, Dessert was a plum pudding that I picked up at Canadian owned Selfridge's on Baker street when I was in London last. I usually have the leftover pudding the next day for breakfast cold absolutely delicious.

Am listening on this day to the Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning as celebrated in 1620.
Composer is Michael Praetorius, Gabrieli Consort on authentic instruments. It is sung by the Boys Choir and Congregational Choir of Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark.

On this Christmas day in 1066 at Westminster Abbey, William the Conqueror was crowned King of England. 


  1. All you do is fabulous and elegant !
    Merry Christmas to you!

    1. you are too kind. But I do believe that since we do not get a second chance around in this life, Living well is the best revenge.

  2. Merry Christmas! We love Christmas crackers too!