Aka ‘A dinner too far?’

As much as I still enjoyed this dinner, I did find myself struggling by the end. It’s not that I ate more, or consumed more alcohol. More that I altered the order somewhat, with most of the wine gone before main course. This was due mostly to another of Cambridge’s arcane rituals, known as ‘pennying’. The rules are too convoluted and long winded to enter into now, but involve flicking coins into wine glasses that then have to be drunk. It can occasionally lead to trouble.

The menu for this evening was identical to the accidental dinner of Sunday, but was every bit as good a second time. I’ll run through the list again, just for symmetry’s sake. This Christmas Dinner, I courageously consumed…

  • Minestrone soup
  • Roast turkey with roast potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing and pigs in blankets
  • Christmas pudding with brandy sauce (again x2, due to fussy friends. Their loss is my gain!)
  • Cheese and biscuits
  • Coffee and a mince pie

That ought to be my last Christmas Dinner until the proper thing, but perhaps I’ll make detailed description of meals a regular feature of my blog. Don’t worry, I’m not serious.