Well, not goose for us. We prefer a locally-reared turkey, full of flavour and so enormous it has to be tucked into the roasting tray… and sometimes even squeezed into the oven!
We’re a small family but enjoy a very convivial Christmas filled with friends visiting from near & far, many of whom join us for a feast of a Christmas dinner – 12 or more round the table is not unusual. We also have our own range of ‘all the trimmings’ – the roast spuds, onions & parsnips & traditional Pembrokeshire side dish of mashed carrot & parsnip are joined by huge dishes of red cabbage with juniper and mashed celeriac.
We’ve learned over the years not to bother with starters – main course is too delicious and too filling to miss a mouthful.
Of course, even with that precaution, we hardly ever make it to pudding. Which is a shame, as not only does she make homemade puddings, Hannah has also updated her grandmother’s secret Christmas Cake recipe to make it even more moist & rich. It’s not something for drivers though, as it’s liberally laced with more than a bottle of brandy.