Saturday, 31 December 2011

food, friends and family...

We cooked a lovely ham yesterday and welcomed friends around to share it, unfortunately it was enjoyed so much there are no leftovers! I boiled the ham in preparation the day before and then marinated it in cider and wild flower honey, before cooking it for a few hours on a low heat. 

To go with it I made a homity pie (a favourite of mine) which is essentially potato mashed with sour cream, onions (I fry mine first), garlic and peas, topped with a little grated cheese, then baked in a wholemeal pastry case. I also made an onion tart loosely based on an Elizabeth David recipe, again a pastry case blind baked, then filled with fried onions, with a mixture of three egg yolks and 200ml double cream poured on top and baked at gas mark 5 for about half an hour. I also did a quick beetroot, pear and apple salad, just grated with a squeeze of lemon juice and olive oil and some pickled eggs! This menu proved to be easy and affordable and can be served hot or cold and is great laid out for people to pick at as they please. 

Now I just need to muster some energy to party the night away! 
Happy New Year all x 


  1. Claire (Vancouver)31 December 2011 at 19:24

    Sounds delicious! I always do a turkey for Christmas and then move on to ham towards new years. I am totally motivated by a desire to do as little cooking as possible, to allow more time for general laziness!

  2. Happy New Year!! Your dinner looks amazing - we stayed in and had wraps - lol. No leftovers either.

    SEE you soon!


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