On a cold winter’s day there’s nothing I like more than staying home and tinkering about in the kitchen. Today was an opportunity to make some bread (much better than shop-bought) and makes some preserves for Christmas. The plastic pots are Cranberry Sauce to accompany the turkey, and the jars are Chilli Jelly – perfect for Christmas gifts for friends.
It’s traditional to have Advent Calendars in December, where a little door is opened every day until Christmas Day, exposing a small gift or a piece of chocolate. We have our own version of this – a wooden Advent Calendar with little drawers, but instead of chocolate, each drawer has an inspiring quote or motto. The grandchildren love the idea, and re-using it each year avoids paper and plastic waste.
Although farming in this area is mainly dairy cattle, a fair area immediately around us is given over to growing Miscanthus, or ‘Elephant’ Grass. This is harvested, dried, and used as bio-fuel, but can also be used as non-synthetic bedding for intensive chicken farming or horses. The grass grows to around 2m tall, and after harvesting, grows again the following spring. This is some of the last of this year’s crop still standing.
I’m not a great fan of Black Friday offers – so many are not genuinely new or low offers, but couldn’t resist this bottle of Wildcat Gin. I’d been considering buying it for several weeks at its usual £30 price, so it was a no-brainer at £20. And it didn’t disappoint…!
A cheeky little bottle of my favourite Prosecco – just the thing for a wet and miserable Saturday afternoon… The forecast for tomorrow is better, and we are off for a few days by the seaside!
Beware of Christmas office parties… Just don’t let your hair down too much!
We are great fans of Masterchef and watch every episode. Last night, Marcus Wareing set the contestants a challenge to cook a traditional Croque Monsieur – essentially a cooked ham, cheese and cheese sauce sandwich, so I decided to have a go and try it myself tonight. Remembering the method from last night it didn’t turn out too badly…