been away for a while, but the pressures of Christmas have brought me back. I'm married to an Indian and as the family chef, have been tasked with cooking for all the in-laws yet again! Thing is, they always claim that they want a 'traditional' English Xmas dinner - which I do believe they love. However, last year, I made an Indian alternative chicken dish - pieces marinated in garlic and ginger and roasted with spices - and it suddenly became the winner. So, I think I'll go full-blown Indian this year, except with the constituent ingredients of the traditional feast. Something along the lines of:
spicy prawn cocktail starter
Whole Tandoori roast Cockeral (what I need is to get that red-roasted effect with the tinge of marinade going well into the breast meat)
Sage and onion stuffing
South Indian stuffing (curry leaves, split urad daal, chillies, mustard seed etc - a crunchy stuffing)
Spicy roasted potatoes (Jeera etc)
Carrots with jeera/thania (coriander)
Brussel sprouts with caremalised onions, chillies and ginger
A gravy made in the traditional way, but with some curry leaves, imli (tamarind) and chillie (I may also use a little pre-prepared Gitt's sambhal powder)
Flambeed Christmas Pudding (already spicy enough!) with brandy butter
Any ideas? Advice? Cries of "Don't do it!"? Suggestions?
Come on e Gullet - don't let me down!