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Gill Meller A COOK’S YEAR

’Tis the season to be jolly and do a bit of roasting… This month, River Cottage chef Gill turns his attention to goose as an alternative centrepiece for the most important feast of the year

RECIPE AND STYLING GILL MELLER PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREW MONTGOMERY

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“Geese can be cantankerous birds, but I still find them beautiful. What they lack in manners in the field they make up for in the kitchen. The meat is rich and full of flavour, but not overly strong or gamey. Then there’s the fat, which keeps the bird moist as it cooks and adds such flavour and character to the meat. To top it all off, there’s the salty, crisp, golden skin. Traditionally, the first geese of the season were eaten at Michaelmas in late September to mark the start of the new farming year, when tenants would pay some of their quarterly rent to their landlord in the form of a fattened bird. Turkey has since taken precedence at the festive table, but I’m on a campaign to bring back goose.

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Make Christmas and New Year your best ever with the December issue of delicious. magazine. Festive shopping’s a breeze with our last-minute gifts, one-stop drinks advice and best-buys taste test. You’ll also find Michel Roux’s brunch, Gill Meller’s goose with black pudding, Matt Tebbutt’s soy-braised pork and a beautiful pie from Calum Franklin. Fancy a lie in on the big day? Try our all-in-one-tray lunch or make-ahead turkey dinner. With Gaz Oakley’s vegan feast, Brontë Aurell’s Scandi classics, brilliant yuletide bakes and our panto recipe special, this is the only magazine you’ll need this year. And don’t miss our extra cocktail desserts collection, plus you could win a luxury cruise for 2019. Here’s to a delicious. Christmas!