Christmas Dinner(s)

I’m not the greatest fan of turkey, although I do love all the trimmings… so this year I decided to cook Beef Wellington on Christmas Day.

photo-79Having not cooked Beef Wellington in about 5 years (the last time I hosted Christmas), I was a bit nervous… but I’m proud to say that it looked great, and tasted good too! Thanks to Simon Rimmer and Sunday Brunch for the recipe and the inspiration. And, Whole Foods in Richmond for a superb fillet of beef, as well as the yummy cheese and other Christmas essentials.

Over the Christmas period I’ve also enjoyed a number of other non-traditional Christmas meals out with friends and family to celebrate:

  1. Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Wimbledon – My favourite Sushi in London, this Danish import has been in Wimbledon for a couple of years now and has recently opened up in Covent Garden. The sushi is so beautifully presented, fresh and delicious, and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. I prefer the set menu, with a selection of nigiri, rolls and sticks to choose from.
  2. Cantina Laredo, Covent Garden – This is the first time I’ve been to this popular Mexican in the heart of the West End. They have a great cocktail menu (the Oaxaca was yummy) and the Pollo Cascabel Taqueria were full of flavour, with that inevitable Mexican kick!
  3. Jackson + Rye, Soho – This New York-style Cocktail Bar and Diner opened only a few weeks ago in early December, so I was keen to sample the new arrival. With a moody atmosphere, a superb cocktail list and a delicious choice of grills, this is well worth a visit. I chose the lobster (well it is Christmas!) and the Floradora from the cocktail menu.
  4. Brocca Antica, St Margarets – One of my favourite local restaurants, I reckon this Italian is the best Italian outside of Italy! It’s a cosy, rustic environment with very friendly staff and a menu to entice you back, time and time again. Even so, more often than not, I end up opting for the tasty Tagliolini with crab, butternut squash, chilli and garlic.
  5. Mr Kong, Chinatown – On Boxing Day Chinatown was buzzing, not least because most of the other restaurants in Soho were closed. This is one of the longest-running Chinese restaurants in the area and serves up delicious, great value food. We enjoyed crispy aromatic duck, an aubergine pot dish, pak choi and Cantonese-style steak. This was the perfect pre-theatre choice and recommendation from my brother-in-law (who has recently started trading with Yu Kyu, Japanese Street Food – also worth sampling!).

All this eating needs to be worked off though, so it’s off to hot yoga for me this afternoon, and run club tomorrow morning! My fridge is still full of left-overs to work my way too. Thankfully, no cold turkey for me though!

G x

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