So, you know I happened to mention in passing a week or so ago that I was looking for a Christmas veggie recipe as an alternative to my usual Stilton, squash and cranberry pie? Well, Olly (whilst allowing Primrose to install a sauna in the West Wing guest bathroom which, personally, I think is a VERY rash move, least of all because it will encourage rashes) managed to sort out and deliver to the Malarkey kitchen an ancient recipe (something about Shakespeare, vats of grog and robbing a highwayman for his mixed nuts) which I took for a test drive this weekend. Yesterday, in fact.
And this was the result!
Straight from the oven with only mild expletives from me because I'd put the oven glove in the washing machine for a bath and had to use a multi-folded tea towel as, it turned out, a flimsy and poor substitute for handling a very hot tray. And then I cut it open for an 'insider' shot...
And cor blimey did it smell good! Mushroom, chestnut and red wine with just a hint of garlic and onion! Because I was visiting family in the afternoon I didn't leave myself enough time to decorate the top of the pie with leftover pastry models of holly leaves, ding dong bells, reindeer and the such-like but that WILL happen when I make it again.
Anyway, Andy and I conducted a tasting, aka had it for lunch, and I went off to visit some family I haven't seen for donkey's years.
So thank you, Olly! You have solved my Christmas veggie recipe problem. I think I might add a few walnuts next time to up the crunch factor (I do like a bit of crunch!) and maybe chuck in a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary. Or both. And I thought a tomato sauce made from passata and onion would make an excellent accompaniment for it cold. Or maybe some onion marmalade? I can make the pie the day before - it is VERY quick to put together - then pop it in the oven on Christmas Day!
Right! On with the day. It is almost half past seven and is still grimly dark outside so it is now, officially, way too dark to be getting up before at least 8 the morning. Or at all, really. Sadly, I am not a bear so hibernation is not an option. Unsadly (is that a word??) I have lots to do today to keep me busy and besides, I have never really been a slugabed.
December tomorrow. Advent bunting at the ready!