So the past month has involved a LOT of reading. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to source my meats for the dinner and I figure I have a porcine problem. I need to get hold of, at least, a belly of pork. With this I can cure my own bacon, needed for placing on a roast bird and wrapping pigs in … Continue reading Porcine (and other) Problems
If I’m going to manage to make Christmas Dinner for ten people, I’m going to have to make some parts of this foraging challenge a bit easier. So I’ve decided to go with soup for the first course of the meal. I should be able to prepare this in advance, maybe even freeze it and reheat on the day. Living near the east coast of … Continue reading Soup & ‘shrooms
Plums. I have a lot of them. My next door neighbour kindly deposits plastic bags full of them over the shelves, my in-laws have tens of kilos going spare and there is only so much plum jam or frozen stewed plums you can make. Then inspiration hit me – dry them. I’m going to need to make Christmas cake and pudding for the feast, and … Continue reading Plums
Back in 2011 I read that the British public spend, on average, £145 on Christmas dinner alone, and waste one fifth of that. We also spend £500 on gifts, which means that for the average family, Christmas costs £650. I decided back then to see if it was possible to produce an entire Christmas, for ten people, for £30; the amount that we waste by … Continue reading Forage a feast?