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Here we go again – it's time for me to give you another idea for an alternative Christmas lunch, and if you've been reading the column for the past nine years, the one thing you will have gathered is that I am not a big turkey fan. When it's cooked in the right hands, turkey can be perfectly all right, but I would rather have a different festive feast such as suckling pig, goose or game birds any day.

Roast goose, cooked three ways

Serves 6-8

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