Danny and I exchanged gifts, which is something we always do on Christmas morning no matter what else is happening during the day. We had a light breakfast - we didn't dare have our usual Christmas morning fry-up as we would be having lunch earlier than normal. We then got ourselves dressed up (nice for a change - I can't remember the last time I wore a skirt and high heels!!) and set off for the restaurant http://www.alabonnevie.com/restaurant_en.html
There was a champagne reception and we were introduced to the other people with whom we'd be sharing a table. There were two other couples (at a guess, I'd say just slightly older than us!) and a family of four, mum & dad probably early 40s with two lovely daughters of 18 and 15. We had all been asked if we preferred to sit in our separate couples/family but I thought it was a nice idea to sit in a group and obviously, so did they! In all there were four tables and I guess around 30 people in total. If you could have seen and heard all of the balloons, poppers, streamers, not to mention shrieks of laughter, you would not have believed this to be a bunch of mostly older people out for a civilised Christmas lunch. Add to that, one of the men leading us through a sing-song of the Twelve Days of Christmas and you can perhaps picture the scene. I should mention that the tables were all beautifully laid and decorated and we each had not just a high quality cracker but also a gift box containing the afore-mentioned poppers and so on.
As to the meal itself, I have reproduced the menu below, just to make your mouths water! I chose the turkey for my main course but even though I say so myself, I think my roast turkey dinner is normally superior! Other than that, the meal was superb and we didn't get home until about 5.15pm.
Champagne Reception and Canapés 12.30pm
Sweet Potato Velouté Soup with Pine Nuts
Fig, Orange and Goats Cheese with Candied Walnuts
Confit of Duck and Apple
Potted Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Tomato Dressing
Lemon and Vodka Sorbet
Roast Turkey with all the trimmings
Pheasant Stuffed with Black Pudding and Apricot Served with Brandy Cream Sauce
Roasted Trout with Seafood Broth
Served with Seasonal Vegetables and Potatoes
Stilton and crackers
Stilton and crackers
Christmas Pudding with Whisky Custard
Chocolate and Cherry Amoretti
Wild Berry Iced Pavlova
Coffee with Warm Mince Pies and Christmas Cake
I think I wrote that being able to get into the restaurant had been a last minute success and I had already ordered a turkey from my local boucher in Moncoutant. I had decided not to cancel my order so guess what I'm doing today! Yep! Cooking a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings! Ah well, at least all of our pets will get to have some leftover turkey - I'd hate them to go without!
I hope all of you reading my blog had yourself a very Merry Christmas and that you've enjoyed reading about ours!