And it is done. The 2014 Christmas puddings have been prepared and steamed and now sit in a dark room awaiting their fate. It might seem a bit early but while most of these puddings are for the restaurant others have to travel. Three head off to Canada for a family gathering of pizza hardman Darren Atwater, four head off to Greece with me for Susan Shimmin at The Real Mani but also for lovely Eleni at Kourounis tavern, for Foti the Albanian and for my neighbours at the Greek Hovel in Kambos for our post olive harvest meal. A few are earmarked for gifts.
But the rest will be served at Real Man either as Christmas pudding on our Christmas menu HERE or as Christmas pudding Calzone – a festive desert pizza. It sounds odd but it tastes great!
As is now a ritual Darren and I made the puddings and then all staff members on duty had a stir and made a wish – five pictures five wishes:
Reda the head cook downstairs, his new assistant Oubiche, Darren, Maribelle and myself.
My wish? It is a secret natch. But its personal not professional.
Real Man starts offering the Christmas menu on Tuesday 25 November. We will, of course, also run a normal menu at all times. To come celebrate liberty and free speech in the last month of the year with us it might be sensible to make a reservation which you can do at all times on 020 7242 3246.
I shall be in London and filling in at Real Man in the busy period as of December 10th so I hope to see you in Clerkenwell. And here are some of the puddings