Our Christmas Meal was rather good, even if I do say so myself. I did not photograph it, as my lot grow a little tired of me photographing 'spurious' things for my Blog. Each year I am getting better at streamlining the Christmas Celebration as it can be over the top to the point of stifling. We ate our 'Starters' on boxing day and had a light lunch of 'Seafood Cocktail'. Euan had 'Prawn Sandwiches' as he insists he does not like 'Cock Tails' even though we have reassured him no 'Cocks' or 'Tails' are involved he is not risking it.
Our Christmas Lunch was:
Turkey Crown...much easier than a whole bird. Quick to cook, well quicker than an enormous Turkey and there seemed to be less guess work...'Will it be dry'? 'Will it be raw'? 'Will it fit in the oven'? It cooked well and we had lovely moist Turkey.
We have to have 'Pigs in Blankets' - Sausages wrapped in Bacon. Lovely.
I also made Sausage, Chestnut and Cranberry Stuffing. Lovely.
I made homemade 'Bread Sauce' for the first time instead of a packet mix. Easy Peasy.
I also made homemade 'Cranberry Sauce' this year for the first time. Lovely.
We had Roast Potatoes and Roast Parsnips, roasted in Goose fat - we only do this at Christmas.
and lots of Brussel Sprouts. Euans job on Christmas Eve is to pick all the sprouts off the 'Sprout Trees'. He likes that job.
We now have the fridge full of leftovers, cold meats, pickles and cheese. I also have the 'slow pot' full of 'Turkey and Vegetable Soup'. This easy catering for a day or two makes for reading or crafting time.
I have finished two books. Both by Annie Murray. Both books are Historic novels based around Birmingham. I like these books as I can relate to the locality and I have family from Birmingham. My Grandparents settled in Birmingham and bought a house but they were 'bombed out' in the War and came back to our 'home town' to live with family. They never bought a house again. 'The Chocolate Girls' is about a group of girls working at Cadbury Chocolate Factory during the war. This Factory is still going strong although I believe it is not British owned any more. The Cadbury Factory was built by Quakers and it was a great place to work in it's day as the Quakers looked after their workers with trips, classes, sports, arts and all manner of activities. You can still go to Bournville, it is is a Village within Birmingham that is built around a green, there are no Pubs in keeping of the Quaker religion. The Spinning Guild I go to is held in a Quaker 'Friends Meeting House'. I will add these two books to my Fifty Book Challenge List.
I feel like in the 'Aftermath' this post is all over the place. I am sorry if you are struggling to keep up. I am hoping today will be about crafty pursuits. I have three things in mind. I have some crochet to be getting on with. Some fleece to finish spinning and then ply and my brother bought me a new toy. A Mayan Spinner, or Rakestraw Spinner. I am hoping to teach myself how that works and tell you more about it. . . I hope you are all enjoying 'The Aftermath' too.