Et dixit illis angelus: Nollite timere: ecce enim evangelizo vobis gaudium magnum, quod erit omni populo: quia natus est vobis hodie Salvator, qui est Christus Dominus, in civitate David.
To celebrate this wonderful event with my family here in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, I shall serve
Brandy cocktails with the following Canapes:
Blini with guacamole and North Atlantic prawns
Chopped mushrooms sweated with butter and garlic;
Smoked haddock in scrambled egg with cayenne pepper;
Ham in scrambled egg.
Our three-course Dinner will consist of
1. Coquille St. Jacques served with Gewurtztraminer
2. Roast turkey stuffed with pork sausage-meat, chestnuts, pear and orange; Roast potatoes: Parsnips Duchesse with grated Parmesan; Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon in Riesling, Chippolata sausages wrapped in bacon; dried prunes and apricots roasted in bacon; bread sauce; cranberry relish; turkey gravy - all served with Cote du Rhone.
3. Steamed Christmas Pudding (Delia Smith's recipe) with Brandy Butter - served with 12-year-old Pedro Ximinez
Mejdool dates, chocolate ginger sticks and almonds will be served with coffee.
Later on, in the evening, I shall serve Brandy Alexanders.
Gaudete, gaudete! Ecce astra nova in caelis! Enim hodie rex ex Maria virgine natus est!