Thursday 26th May 2011
I bought this piece of bacon ages ago with this day in mind.
Mum has made a huge boiled gammon every Christmas for more years than I’ve been born. It’s one of the many highlight of Boxing day. And so it was high time I learnt how to do it myself.
With Mum calling the shots we set to work on the bacon.
Put half a dozen pepper corns in the bottom of a deep sauce pan. Quarter a large onion and add to the pot with a bay leaf. I put 2 whole carrots per person in with the bacon and put enough water to cover. We boiled the whole lot on a low heat for about 1 and a half hours.
While the bacon was simmering we set to work on the peas pudding.
Put the split peas on to boil. Once soft I drained and added a generous knod of butter, salt n’ pepper & mashed the lot. As easy as that. Apparently, when my mum was a girl my nan used to buy this in a tin to serve with her boiled bacon. Not us, only real McCoy would do. 😉
The honey roasted parsnips were drizzled with olive oil, salt n’ pepper & honey and roasted for about 40 minutes, turning after 20 minutes.
Once ready, I took the bacon out to sit for 15 minutes before carving at the table.
While it was sitting Zephy came into the kitchen and asked for a slice.
“Let’s do the mouse again.” He said stealing another tit bit from the side of the plate.
I think he had missed the point.