The Christmas cake, the pudding, the mince pies and the brandy butter are all just memories now - but we still have some turkey left! We don't buy a turkey for Christmas, we buy a turkey crown. That way there is no carcase to dispose of - and it also makes carving just a little easier. Not that carving a whole turkey is exactly difficult. Anyway, we ate cold turkey last night, with baked potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
I wouldn't say that sprouts are my favourite vegetable, but I'm perfectly happy to eat them. There has long been an urban myth that English housewives start cooking the Christmas sprouts in about September so that they are properly softened by the time they are wanted to accompany the turkey. Absolute nonsense, of course. You can't buy sprouts in September. But many people are not especially keen on the "little green bullets". But maybe they have never tried eating them when served the way the Old Bat did them yesterday - mixed with pancetta and chopped chestnuts.
As I said, I wouldn't describe sprouts as my favourite vegetable. But then, there are lots of vegetables that would not merit that description; there can, after all, be only one favourite. I don't know what I would call my favourite. I'm bored with broccoli (which we seem to eat almost every day) and French beans are very popular with She Who Cooks. She is less keen on peas, which I do like very much, especially when picked and eaten only ten minutes later! But I enjoy frozen peas as well. I like parsnips very much - provided they are roasted. Our local Italian restaurant decorates some dishes with thin slivers of parsnip, either baked or fried, I'm not sure which, but either way, they are delicious.
Sweet corn I love, either as corn on the cob or the frozen - what do you call them? Bits? But preferably not tinned. I'm not keen on any tinned vegetables, except baked beans - which are another of the OB's less-liked vegs. Carrots, cabbage, swede, cauliflower - bring it all on!
Oddly enough, I think my favourite vegetable is probably the humble potato. It is so versatile, eaten as plain boiled potato with steak and kidney pudding, or mashed with things like boeuf bourguignon. Roasted, baked, served as chips, wedges (with plenty of mixed herbs), potato cakes or rosti.
I'll have to stop: I'm getting hungry!