You might have noticed that as with every year, for the past few months it has been ‘nearly Christmas’. Slowly decorations, lights, carols, nativity scenes, sales, adverts etc. have popped up all around us and now, as its December, people have stopped complaining. This can only mean that actual Christmas time is here!
So, to celebrate this in a way other than Christmas shopping, a group of language assistants met up in Donostia this weekend for a little bit of ‘Christmas dinner’.
This is in quotes as, as our head chef put it, ‘Good luck trying to find some Turkey out here’. Instead the menu was various amusebouches, leek and potato soup, pie de marisco, roast lamb, various desserts followed by vast amounts of strong alcohol and accompanied by a river of beer, wine (and mulled wine!) and cider. Needless to say we got a leetle teeny weeny bit tipsy and VERY full.
The food was a masterpiece and there was lots of it: Mark’s slab of fish pie is honestly the biggest serving of food I have possibly ever seen. The croquetas however… Well, none of us are Spanish and they’re a very spanish thing. We bought frozen ones to fry up, but unfortunately Mr Head Chef started this up when my back was turned: hot oil + a bag of frozen dumplings = mush.
Luckily we had a second bag, which after I shooed Tony (half Spanish, so we thought this might give him magical cooking powers) away I managed to transform about two or three of the remaining bits of frozen mush into crispy little golden brown lumps which vaguely resembled what we were aiming for. And then I ate them. (Yes I do think I am amazing).
Dinner was followed by chat and then the Father Ted Christmas Special followed by a streamed version of Love Actually that we realised too late had the whole John and Judy story cut out (the naked ones)! We also knocked back a fair amount to the Love Actually drinking game, which in hind sight may not have been such a good idea, least not for Mark who was flying home the next day.
It was a good night in all, but I very much need to go home to my dearest darling boyfriend as apparently in sharing a single bed with Verity I got a teensy weensy bit too cuddly! Oops!!