Vlogmas (Parts 8–10): A Very Brombley Christmas

From Christmas Eve through Boxing Day, the Brombley clan, along with assorted others we've pick up throughout the years, come together for Christmas celebrations. Every year, I make the food. 

Food & Recipes

Christmas Dinner:

  • Turkey
    Local, organic, free-range bird from Uptons of Bassett, roasted with butter, lemons, clementines, garlic, onions, carrots, celery, sage and thyme
  • Gravy
    Made from roasting juices and organic chicken stock
  • Pork shoulder stuffing with cranberries
    A Jamie Oliver recipe with dried cranberries added
  • Sausages in bacon
    Use thinly slice pancetta for wrapping for extra flavour and crunch
  • Roast potatoes
    Par-boiled, left to cool, then roast in hot goose fat
  • Roast parsnips
    Par-boiled, left to cool, then roasted in hot goose fat
  • Carrots
    Cooked in butter, sugar and star anise from a Tom Kerridge recipe
  • Cauliflower cheese
    Gently cooked cauliflower covered in a basic béchamel sauce, with lots of cheese in, and over the top
  • Brussels sprouts with chestnuts
    A BBC Good Food recipe
  • Red cabbage with apple and balsamic vinegar
    Another Jamie Oliver recipe
  • Cranberry sauce
    Another BBC Good Food recipe with a cinnamon stick thrown in for extra festive cheer
  • Yorkshire pudding
    I used this Jamie Oliver recipe

Boxing Day Lunch:

  • Ham in Coca-Cola
    4kg ham, from Uptons of Bassett, cooked according to Nigella's recipe
  • Coca-Cola sauce
    I used a recipe from Rock Recipes, replacing soy sauce with tamari to make it gluten free for my sister
  • Dauphinois potatoes
    I used a BBC Good Food recipe
  • Roasted sweet potato
    Par-boiled and roasted in rapeseed oil
  • Carrots
    Boiled and glazed with honey
  • Green Beans
    Steamed and dressed in fresh lemon
  • Squash
    Roasted whole, then mashed and served with toasted seeds
  • Whole Roast Cauliflower
    I used a fairly plain recipe, as this was a side, not a main, but there are many more exciting versions out that would make an incredible main dish
  • Spinach
    Quickly sautéed, and well drained
  • Broccoli
    Steamed
  • Sausages in bacon
    Just like Christmas day

A couple of staples I cannot cook without:

  • Maldon sea salt flakes
    The best salt for everyday cooking
  • Rapeseed oil
    A British crop, with lots of the goodness of olive oil, but a higher smoke point