The main meal, eaten at about 5pm, was always belly pork (ribbe - pronounced 'ribb-uh'), a popular choice with me because I'm a man who loves a bit of crackling
. Our kids, however, had no clue what it tasted like because they ate it so quickly, knowing the presents were coming straight after the meal.
Michel Roux Jr is serving up the tasty 2013 version and began with tips on how to cook the perfect roast dinner and the secret of a good bit of crackling
"Did you ever see a more lovely bit of crackling
?" - Chef Antonio Carluccio on a spotted Tamworth pig given to him.
Turns out, though, it was just a bit of crackling
. Anyway, Halcyon boasts the sort of concise menu (three starters, four main courses and three desserts) that always suggests you're in for a freshly prepared, home-cooked treat.
The world's sexiest bit of crackling
, and her sidekick Kermit the Frog, join Clive to promote their new movie, Muppet Treasure Island, and to throw in a plug for Muppets Tonight, an update of their famous Muppet Show.
He thought it was a firework, but there was no noise, then, just a little bit of crackling
as it came down."