Actually I do.
I had twins and sent Layla to Kita for the first time, where she brought back all manner of horrendous disease. After nursing cold after cold for 2 months solid, she finally settled on a whopper, 5 days and nights of coughing. One night she was up for 3 hours straight coughing in my arms and falling into fretful fits of sleep for short periods of time. It broke my heart and my back. I called my husband back from two business trips, needing reinforcements, only to have him go down within hours…
So although I had ordered a German reared mini-pute from Bio Company (4.9kg for €89) I had neither the time nor the inclination to cook it (who would have eaten all that food? My mother and I? Each bouncing a fractious 5 month old baby on our knee?).
And my dad was in town, lured by all my tales of how I make the best Christmas dinner ever, EVA.
That’s when I came across it. A pamphlet from the Ritz advertising “Goose to Go” for 6 people €149. “Per person?” I asked the waitress at Desbrosses who was standing in front of a blackboard that said brunch at €89 per person (per person!!!).
And it came with…
6 stuffed apples
6 large knodel
gravy (beautiful gravy)
a bottle of Terasses
In a huge insulated Ritz branded bag.
And in this period that has left my nerves frayed at the edges like a cheap carpet, I relished the humor of serving a goose cooked for me by the Ritz with an advent candle center piece from Lidl. (This may have been a hard year but it’s certainly been a funny one…)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all. I don’t know what you are wishing for but I am hoping for a sane, disease free 2013.