With 2015 coming to a close we set the camera up and tried to capture some hilarious moments in the Smoke & Salt kitchen. Sadly we were just a bit slow and boring! The words "It's that time of year" have been ringing from everyone's mouths for the past two weeks and as a chef we know how exhausting and time-consuming life can be while parties wreak havoc on your livers...
Being Christmas, we won't bore anyone with too much nostalgia or deep-thoughts on "the big day", but will keep our festive thoughts brief. A & I are lucky enough to be spending time with family this year and of course there will be some cooking happening- I've gone for two main focal points with Turkey (cooked the way we've always done here at Smoke & Salt) and sticky-braised beef cheeks, of course there will be the obligatory roast potatoes (goose phat-based!) and myriad of brussel sprouts/parsnips/gravy that accompany every true festive feast. A has gone for a prime-forerib of beef. I can only assume that as he has sneackily gotten his hands on a container of our homemade goose fat, courtesy of our goose dish (shown below) from last week's popup, that there will be a roast-potato-off between the two of us over whatsapp this year.
As always, we are both making sure we are prepared well ahead of time where possible so as to avoid any Christmas Day/booze-fueled meltdowns. While on the topic of roast-potatoes (I always get persecuted for my lack of appreciation for these weirdly-shaped fries and thus avoid cooking at them at all costs) what do you all think is the best way to cook them- parboil then high heat, or the slow-cooking from raw until crispy as hell?! Comments will be appreciated below, and we’ll do a trial of the best suggestions on a Recipe Diaries segment!
As I said, I’m keeping this one short…we’ve all got family to be spending time with! 2015 has been a great year for Smoke & Salt so next week we’re going to put out a year in review, as well as a bit of a preview of what’s to come in 2016, but until then have an amazing Christmas from us both, eat well, be merry and above all cherish the time spent with family! R.