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There’s something universal about it: a table carefully laid out in a way it is rarely done; silver cutlery brought out of hibernation and polished; a full set of dishes for each course, and hang the washing-up; and general attention to every detail.
Then there is food: a centrepiece big joint or a whole, medium-sized bird, a sign of festive generosity that we can afford (moneywise and caloriewise) only once a year; an unreasonable variety of side dishes, many of them so similar that on any other day you’d be considered mad for serving them all together (potato three, four or even five ways); and, finally, pudding, but not in Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Shoes Sale Are Prada Nylon Bags Worth The Money the normal sense of a slight indulgence at the end of a meal – we’re talking here the equivalent of the whole meal all over again, both in quantity and in variety. Not to mention all that cheese and alcohol on top.
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• Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi run the Ottolenghi restaurants in London