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Christmas Travails

Oh dear! Went to look up the order number of the Waitrose Goose I had ordered in good time at the beginning of the month and which we were due to collect in store between 11 and 1 today. Could not find it. J had the foresight to ring the store. No goose. Nada. Oh dear! Time was when the markets were full of such things. No more. And of course too late to order or buy by post. So we are off to Sainsbury's, where perhaps fate will shine on us. (Half of me thinks that it serves us right. Geese are too beautiful a creature to stuff and put in an oven - even at Christmas - but the family doesn't agree). So, on with the Motley.

Posted at 23rd Dec 2008 - 11:57AM   Posted by Fennie   Christmas Travails Comments: 12

Faith's Avatar I know that if other people fail to collect their birds by the specified time then they put them out for other people to buy, so if you fail at Sainsburys nip back to Waitrose and see if there is anything there.

Posted by: Faith on 23rd Dec 2008 at 01:15PM

Angel's Avatar How annoying for you Fennie. I do hope you get sorted. And if all else fails-I have a goose which I have just put in the freezer this morning!! We've never had goose before and my boys don't fancy it for the main day so we're having turkey for Christmas dinner. I am not sure how big it is-cost 44. You are more than welcome to it if you drive to South Shropshire or I meet you half way!


Posted by: Angel on 23rd Dec 2008 at 01:59PM

Ivy's Avatar How about roast beef or leg of lamb maybe easier to get now that everybody wants birds? But I can imagine how annoying it must feel, I heaved a big sigh of relief when I collected my joint this morning and it was actually there and looked well.

Posted by: Ivy on 23rd Dec 2008 at 02:59PM

Fennie's Avatar Thanks folks. All is well! Sainsbury's had a lovely fresh East Anglian Goose - which has saved my er......goose (or is it bacon?). Sainsbury's was heaving of course, shelves emptying faster than they could be restocked.

But oh Angel that is such a kind sweet offer that I almost regret finding one in Sainsbury's. It would have been lovely to meet, though I guess South Shropshire must be about two hours from here.

Posted by: Fennie on 23rd Dec 2008 at 03:19PM

Faith's Avatar Glad the Fennie family won't be starving this Christmas. God bless us one and all!Wink

Posted by: Faith on 23rd Dec 2008 at 03:22PM

Fennie's Avatar Oh we won't be starving, Faith. I feel as though we have enough food here to last until Christmas 2009. Indeed, I have been using a jar of mincemeat bought for Christmas 2008!

Anyone would think that Christmas last three weeks during which time all communication with the outside world ceased! The cupboards bulge (like me).

Posted by: Fennie on 23rd Dec 2008 at 03:30PM

Pondside's Avatar Thank heavens you found your goose, Fennie. That happened to me one year and I had to make do with a turkey that was much smaller than the one ordered - big disappointment when there wasn't enough for leftovers!
I'm making Tortiere today - made the filling last night and have got pastry to do now, as well as for mincemeat pies. Yummy!

Posted by: Pondside on 23rd Dec 2008 at 03:57PM

Angel's Avatar So glad you got one Fennie! That would probably be my worst nightmare after all the far my boys favourite moment is sitting down to Christmas Dinner...

I shall be back online between Christmas and New Year to see how to cook perfect Goose...
Can you believe we have never had it...nor shall we have it again at that price!!...

Posted by: Angel on 23rd Dec 2008 at 06:56PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Glad you got your goose. We were in Sainsbury's in Scotland and they had goose on the shelves. I agree though they are too beautiful to kill really - but then so is every creature. Wish I didn't have to eat meat.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 24th Dec 2008 at 12:23AM

Frances's Avatar Congratulations Fennie!

You know, I have never eaten goose, is it anything like duck? The Christmas goose is an image I have, drawn from my love of English literature, but ... just never stepped up to the plate, so to speak!

Happy Christmas! xo

Posted by: Frances on 24th Dec 2008 at 12:24AM

Fennie's Avatar Ah well - then you have missed a treat, Frances. Yes, it's like duck only more so. It is richer, there is more fat - very good for chests incidentally. You massage it in and then wrap the chest in brown paper so the fat can only go one way, though I can't say I fancy that! Good incentive not to get bronchitis or pneumonia, I would have thought!

Yes it is expensive but only because the demand is low. Geese are very easy to raise and will live through the summer on grass alone. They are excellent guards, making a great racket if approached. But they do make a lot of mess - what goes in must come out - and they then trample it everywhere with their great flat feet. Maybe I'll do a blog on geese. They are interesting creatures and mate for life.

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Dec 2008 at 01:57AM

Camilla's Avatar Hope you get the bird Fennie. I echo what WW has said though, I wish I did not have to eat meat.


Posted by: Camilla on 24th Dec 2008 at 03:33AM

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