Christmas is around the corner and Britons are starting to panic about their turkey - what size to buy and how many will it feed.
But what if we told you AmazonFresh is giving its customers the chance to add the ultimate showstopper to the dining table this Christmas.
The e-commerce store has a 24 carat ‘Golden Goose’ for sale.
Available for £98.50 on AmazonFresh from C.Lidgate, Local Shops & Markets supplier, London’s oldest butchers, the turkey is hand selected from Seldom Seen Farm in Leicester.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Each free range goose will be delivered with 24 carat edible gold leaf, for customers to apply once the bird is cooked and rested.
The resulting 4.5-5kg ‘Golden Goose’ will serve between 5-6 people and will be available to buy from Monday 4th December.
Gilding roast birds was the ultimate sign of wealth and opulence at 16th century banquets and was a rumoured favourite of Henry VIII.
The grandeur of these golden dinners was a display of the host’s wealth and made for a spectacular centrepiece for the guests around the table.
“Gilding food has long been a mark of tremendous prestige, showing off wealth and the skills of one's cooks.
“Gold not only looked good in and of itself, but it reflected the light from fires and candles, glittering across the table and competing with the rich jewels and gold-and-silver-embroidered clothing of the privileged diners around it,” said Annie Gray, TV Food Historian and research associate at the University of York.
“In the medieval and Tudor era, gilded roast centrepieces were the ultimate showstopper on the winter feast table. A cheaper option was to use paste containing saffron or safflower, but nothing beats real edible gold.”
Danny Lidgate, Managing Director of C.Lidgate has provided the ‘at home’ method for preparing your Golden Goose this Christmas, beginning with cooking your goose.
Cook the goose at 190 degrees Celsius for two and half hours until the juices run clear or it has internal temperature of 80 degrees Celsius.
Allow the goose to rest for 10 minutes until the skin has cooled a little.
The edible gold leaf application:
Once the skin has cooled after approximately 10 minutes and before carving, the edible gold leaf should be applied. Ensure there isn’t a breeze before you begin the process. Be very careful, work slowly and with a little assistance the gold should come away from the paper to create the desired effect.
Start from where the front wing meets the breast part of the goose, by laying down the sheets of edible gold leaf.
Once both breasts are covered as much as possible, start laying the edible gold leaf on the thickest part of the drumstick (rear legs) moving to the sides of the goose afterwards.
AmazonFresh customers can shop from a broad selection of products from many of London's finest local producers, shops and markets including GAIL's Artisan Bakery, PRESS, C.Lidgate, Paxton & Whitfield, Forman & Field, Lina Stores, Konditor & Cook, and Chegworth Valley. These products are delivered as part of the customer's AmazonFresh order.
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