2009年 12月 15日, 星期二 - 格林尼治标准时间18:53

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第十二周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 16th December 2009 – Christmas Dinner

Season’s greetings,

For the last few weeks, every time I’ve sat down in the canteen to the usual student food my attention has wandered to one thing – Christmas dinner. Home-cooking is one thing but Christmas dinner is exquisite. Every year on the 25th December we sit down to a veritable feast.

A lot of preparation and hard work goes into a traditional Christmas dinner. It starts weeks in advance so I’ll start by describing deserts as they have to be made by the end of November. Christmas cakes come in several forms but they are usually made with a mix of dried fruit such as raisins, currants and cherries and some almonds. This is mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar and covered with marzipan and icing.

Christmas pudding, my favourite, is richer and fuller in flavour. Brandy, rum or sherry is added to give it that extra richness and there is no icing on top. It is usually served with brandy cream or custard. Both deserts are left to mature for a couple of weeks.

Christmas cake, mince pies and Christmas pudding

Deserts include Christmas cake, mince pies and Christmas pudding

As is the case with so many families, Mama does the lion’s share of the cooking. The rest of us like to think we’re helpful but we would be hopeless if left to our own devices.

As a starter we usually have Irish smoked salmon with fresh brown bread and a salad.

The main event is turkey. Cooked over several hours it is served with a sweet cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips, cabbage and peas. We have crispy potatoes roasted in goose fat, some mashed potatoes and a gargantuan glazed ham. Nobody seems to like brussel sprouts but it wouldn’t be Christmas without them.

Christmas dinner: turkey, potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, stuffing

The main part of the meal is the turkey

This is all washed down with a glass of wine, a few beers or a glass of champagne. The grand finale comes when the pudding is doused in brandy and set alight, so mind your eyebrows. A roaring open fire and a cosy Christmas movie usually round off the evening nicely.

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly in central London

Merry Christmas from Emmet

I will be back in London in the New Year. So, for now, I’d like to wish everyone:

圣诞快乐

Nollag shona dhiabh! (ai er ​lán​ huà​)

Merry Christmas!

Season’s greetings 节日问候, home-cooking 家庭烹调, exquisite 可口好吃的/口味新鲜的, veritable 真实的/的的确确的, Christmas cake 圣诞蛋糕, marzipan 杏仁、糖及蛋混合而制成的糕点, icing 蛋糕上的糖衣, Christmas pudding 圣诞布丁, richer 口味浓重的(食物), fuller in flavour 味道更浓, brandy cream 白兰地制成的奶油, mature 酿制, smoked salmon 熏烤三文鱼, brussel sprouts 甘蓝小包菜, gargantuan 巨大的, grand finale 压场的高潮, doused 倾注于, set alight 点燃, roaring open fire 熊熊炭火, round off… nicely 完满地结束

Emmet said that his attention wandered to Christmas dinner, which means that he was distracted by thoughts of the lovely dinner he’ll have at home on Christmas Day. Here’s another example: “When I’m studying my attention always wanders to thoughts of what I’m going to do later in the day.” He said that his mother does the lion’s share of the cooking. This means that she does most of the cooking. Here’s another example: “In my house I do the lion’s share of the housework and my flatmates hardly do any.” If you are left to your own devices it means you are allowed to do whatever you like or you are left to do something by yourself without any help. E.g. “If I leave the kids to their own devices they usually create a lot of mess.” The phrase washed down with is used when drinking while eating food. E.g. “I washed down some cake with a cup of coffee.”

Question of the week

Do you have any traditional dishes that you eat in the winter or at new year? Email me and tell me what those foods are and how they are made.

Email Emmet at 按键 chinaelt@bbc.co.uk

按键


按键

联络/荐言

*须填写项目

BBC © 2014 非本网站内容BBC概不负责

如欲取得最佳浏览效果,请使用最新的、使用串联样式表(CSS)的浏览器。虽然你可以使用目前的浏览器浏览网站,但是,你不能获得最佳视觉享受。请考虑使用最新版本的浏览器软件或在可能情况下让你的浏览器可以使用串联样式表。