Hodge Podge Christmas cheer
Not long now until the big day. Lots of people keep asking me if I’m ready for Christmas, well I am, but we never go overboard, we eat a cooked dinner on the day and there are seldom any leftovers not because we overeat, but because I try to tailor what we need to what we have and what I think will get eaten at one sitting. I don’t like waste and can’t afford it either, especially in these economic climes. We do have a pudding but we don’t have cream with everything either. I’m making my cake again this year as it will be a gluten free one and I don’t trust the ones from the shops, home made is much nicer anyway and I can be absolutely sure of what goes into it. I’ve also decided to make the pudding as well
That will be the only thing that I have left to do now and we will be “ready” as people put it.
I know it’s a celebration, but it is only one or two days and I don’t need to feed an army or be lavish. It will be just us and the children this year, so nice quiet family stuff, regrouping and chilling out, spending that quality time that everybody keeps talking about doing but doesn’t always get. We will keep our tradition of baking cookies or making crafts on Christmas eve, slip into our Jimjams, then finish the evening off with hot chocolate and watching The Snowman cartoon on TV. Bedtime is never a problem and apart from a little giggling that goes on before they nod off Santa doesn’t usually have much trouble getting their stocking on the bed ready to plunder first light. That leaves coming down for a hot drink and sit by a nice warm fire to open their presents. I feel so lucky, I have a home, a family and we all do laugh together quite a lot, sure, we have our ups and downs but we are quite a tight knit group and I love them for that. So what if our house isn’t perfect and there’s a hole in my sock, that our tree doesn’t stand up straight, who cares! It’s perfect to me.
I’m grateful for what I have right now. I wish everybody could be as lucky.
I’m trying to stay out of the kitchen so much this year so easy recipes does it.
I hope these recipes help you too. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Mulled wine for a cool Yule
1 bottle of a good fruity red wine (not too cheap)
2-3 sticks of cinnamon Zest of 1 orange and the juice 1 orange cut into slices 1 teaspoon of ginger ½ teaspoon of nutmeg 1-2 star Anise 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (to taste) Method
Pour the wine into a saucepan and allow to heat, but don’t allow to boil.
Once hot, take off the heat and add all the spices, sugar, orange juice and zest.
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Lastly float the orange slices on the top of the wine. It is now ready to drink, a super warmer on a cold snowy night.