Yule 2022 Christmas 2022

Here’s the 2022 annual Yuletide video…

Here’s the 2021 annual Yuletide video…

Here’s the 2020 annual Yuletide video…

Below is the 2020 page…a reminder of when covid first started

October 1st 2020 and governments around Europe are cancelling Yule/Christmas.
October 1st 2020 in Alan’s house and the Yule/Christmas trees are up, lights are up and on, everything is being prepared for Yule/Christmas 2020.
2020 has been a very hard year and we need to enjoy things as much as possible.
On this page over the coming weeks and months, Alan will post some fun and tasty seasonal recipes and drinkies to make this years festive season as special as can be.

2020 will be the first year in over 20 years that Alan will not perform multiple Handel Messiah’s in December. This is going to be very strange indeed.
To somehow keep the Messiah tradition going, Alan is going to listen to a Messiah he recorded from start to finish and invites you to join him.
The Messiah version that Alan has chosen to listen to is:

So, get your CDs/streaming service/download ready
December 23rd 2020
Start time 7pm (UK time) CD1 – 65:05
Break 8.05pm to 8.25pm
(to open a bottle/refill the grog/mulled wine and get snacks)
8.25pm CD2 – 70:23
The music should end at approx 9.35pm!

Yes! This one!!

Alan’s Yule Cured Salmon!

This recipe is borrowed from Trine Hahnemann with some adjustments.
You will need:
1 kg side of salmon (with skin)
100g peeled & grated beetroot
100g peeled & grated fresh horseradish
100g Maldon salt
100g caster sugar
3 tbsp crushed black peppercorns
3 tbsp fennel seeds

Mix the beetroot, horseradish, salt, sugar, peppercorns & fennel seeds together.
Place the salmon skin side down in a glass dish & pour the mix over covering the entire flesh. Cover with cling film. Ram this in the fridge for 3 days.
After the 3 days have passed rinse the mix off the salmon & wipe the salmon clean.
Simply slice the salmon at a slight angle leaving the skin behind.


copyright Alan Emslie 2022