A #TwistedChristmas with Gizzi Erskine

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Firstly, apologies, this is a long post, but it was a great day

After having to miss out on the last #HawkerHouse event due to work I was determined to get along to @GizziErskine #TwistedChristmas and have a damn good time, and that was achieved.

I went in the afternoon session, so it was probably #TwistedChristmas lite, but it was what I needed, and proved to be a good thing as the trains were not running well and it took 3 hours door to door to get home, but at least it was not too late.  I was also on standby for work, but they had been warned I would be on the wine from @StreetVinWine   Luckily no calls so I was able to chill out
As per normal I was one of the first to arrive, it had been a long time since breakfast, so needed to get stuck in to to lovely grub.  But first things first I had a to have a bit of a wander around and check out the menus and things for the afternoon.
Gizzi had a pop up shop, raffle and rum bola, which were just getting the finishing touches.  Purchases were made later
I was going to try and make my food as festive as possible, so to start the most traditional main course in England for Xmas day, and no it is not turkey!  It is Goose, which was the original traditional Christmas day lunch.  Having said that, the goose from +breddos Tacos @breddostacos was not your typical Christmas lunch, although it did have some great Christmas elements, it was a taco with Confit Goose, Pickled Pears and chestnuts and a great twist on Christmas, this was accompanied by a delicious 2002 Rioja from @StreetVinWine

After eating that delicious goose and having a break it was time to head off to Gizzi’s pop up shop to see what was on offer.  The proceeds from the shop and raffle were going to the Street Smart charity, so all in a good cause and hopefully they raised lots of money for them.

There was lots of great looking items either to be bought or as prizes.  I went for what I am sure will be 2 stunning items, Pork Rillettes made by Angela Hartnett and Orange Marmalade from Sartoria.  You can see front the jar it is not going to be like any other Marmalade, big chunks of Orange in it.  I could have bought loads, but not enough space to carry it home, but Gizzi did tempt me with the rum bola, so tickets bought and fingers crossed

After all the shopping it was time to carry on with the eating, this time from +RolaWola @RolaWola  I have had the honour of eating from them before, but this time I was going to have the modern christmas tradition, turkey.  This being my only turkey this christmas and I just wish that all turkey could be like this as it was stunning, beautifully spiced and tender and washed down with a perfectly matched Gruner Veltliner from @StreetVinWine

After that it was time for a good long sit down and chill out, so I took up position in the @StreetVinWine bar and listened to some chilled out music and then the Choir, the United Harmony Gospel Choir, who were amazingly good.  Gizzi also did round one of the raffle, but it must have not been done correctly as I did not win, but more chances to come later.

Sorry for the quality of the video, but just wanted to share the sounds


I know I already said my goodbyes to @Yum_Bun but  just had to have one more from them, especially as this is now my traditional Christmas lunch, Duck, but this was roast duck in a Yum Bun!

It was getting time to have the final main course, as I already knew what dessert was going to be.  Just for some balance it was time to go veggie from Laurdos, Beetroot tostada with spicy pumpkin & Guacamole.  Delightfully balanced level of spice in it, lovely way to end the main courses, or was it the end?

After some more chilling out it was time for the final challenge for @StreetVinWine with the dessert. I was going to have the bread and butter pudding and had challenged them to match a wine with each course so far, which had been a great success, so hats off on that front.  But sadly no dessert wines on the list, but with a quick think it was decided that a glass of a secret bottle of sweet sherry would do the trick.

Now, I know what people will think, sherry?  but you have to trust me on this, if you can get a good sherry they can be delicious and work really well with food.   Watch this space, I bet that Sherry will be the next big thing in a few years, but not the stuff most of us think about when you say sherry.  Think the Gin revival with all the artisan producers popping up and producing some amazingly good gins, I think the same could happen for Sherry when we get a taste for it

So for the pudding.  I deveated from what I normally do and had something I have had before.  Normally that is a no no for me, but the Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding from @sorbitiumices is stunning and served with whisky orange ice cream is to die for, and that comes from someone that does not really do sweet things

And that was it, or so I thought. I had one last wander round and got suckered in by the Chana Dal from @RolaWala I just could not resist and that finished things off nicely.  I knew I would not be eating again that day, but after nearly 5 hours of grazing, drinking and chilling out, then I should not be able to eat more 🙂

Got to say that this is my sort of Christmas and it was exactly what was needed for me, a good chilled out and relaxed time, I know the evening session would have been a lot more lively but the afternoon was spot on for me on that day, roll on next Xmas!

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