Ho ho ho! Christmas planning - 10 October 2010

Drum roll, please! The main ingredient for our traditional Danish Christmas dinner - duck - is already bought, in our cellar and all ready to put into a roasting hot oven on 24 December (the day the Danes celebrate Christmas)! :D

We decided a couple of years back that it was silly buying a whole duck when everyone in the family wanted a leg. (Because we have to feed more than 4 people...) So we now buy confit de canard, which we L-O-V-E. If you're not familiar with it, it's a French thing - duck legs are boiled for a couple of hours in fat, allowed to cool then stored in large tins full of (duck) fat. Which preserves them for years. All you have to do at home is remove the legs from the tin, allow them to drip off and then pop them into the oven for about 30 minutes. Outside: fantastically crispy duck skin. Inside: meat which falls off the bone and melts in the mouth. Heaven!

Traditionalists will no doubt be aghast but we say "Phooey!". After all, shouldn't Christmas be as stress-free as possible? And doing what you enjoy instead of what you're 'supposed' to do?

16 legs...lots to go round!

Luckily for me, a local supermarket had confit de canard on special offer this week. A tin containing 4 duck legs normally costs around 150 kroner, but I got them for 100 each. (Yes, I know we can buy them for half the price in France but - malheureusement - we didn't have that much space in our suitcases this year.)

In other news...we are now approaching the Danish autumn school holiday week - a time when I usually bake our Christmas cake with the kids. Candace is going to bake one again with me this year. If you want to join us, leave me a comment and we can put our pinnies on together!

If you've got any good Christmas planning ideas to share, why don't you add your blog with the McLinky below? Go check out what my twisters are doing - we're all working on different projects, using different planners (I use the Flylady system). There's no need for you to start Christmas planning yet - but you may want to get some inspiration for when you are ready... :)

Have a great Sunday! :D