I’ve talked about my sister’s birthday next week but my Mum’s and mine come first. I made a tagine for Mum’s birthday tea tonight. It was delicious!
Mollie was really put out not to be given any!
Tomorrow: my birthday!
I’ve had one of those wonderful not doing much weekends…. Saturday, my friend Sam and I got together to make our Christmas cakes. This is late for me, I normally have it done by the end of September, but this year we were busy electioneering! I love the mid- make clutter in my kitchen:
They look different don’t they?! They are exactly the same recipe and quantities except his has less currants and more raisins, and I forgot to put the brandy in mine before it was cooked, so I had to feed it when it was cool on Sunday morning. They were cooked on the same temperature for exactly the same amount of time! The only real difference was the tins we used. Mine was an old battered one and his was brand new. Hmmm who knows! My house smelled fantastic all day!
I worked on the back of my Mum’s cardigan and finished it:
I did a second square of week 4’s pattern in the Scheepjes CAL…
And I made quite a few squares for Dad’s waistcoat:
I am, as I have said before, either obsessed with one project or flitting between projects! At the moment I am trying to get a shift on with my godson’s Christmas jumper but I find knitting in the round gives me cramp in my wrist so I am alternating between it and two shawls. Although both the shawls are on circular needles, I’m not knitting in the round which is what seems to be the problem.
Right, Trillian 2 & Annie’s bandana are just about to have a little bath (for they are both finished!). I shall do half an hour’s knitting, then pin them out. (Photos later). After that I need to make the Christmas Cake and a pan of soup. I’m trying a new recipe from the BBC Good Food Guide online – spicy butternut squash. Sounds yum. And as I have convinced my husband that making a Christmas cake is a chore equivalent to cleaning the bath, I can safely avoid any housework today too. #win
I have done quite a lot of knitting today but it’s too dark to take a good photo so that will have to wait ’til tomorrow morning. What I *have* done today is make quiche. My nephew and niece were appearing in their dance troupe’s performance this evening and beforehand a family party had been arranged to feed the various uncles, aunts and grandparents who were going to the show. The kids are the only children on both sides of the family so they get to share these occasions with quite a lot of us!
Mum and I had decided that with the weather we’d have salads and we’d make a couple of quiches. We chose two recipes online that were new to us and we had great fun this morning trying out the recipes, pre baking the pastry cases and making cheesy straws from the leftover pastry.
The first was St Delia’s classic Quiche Loraine from http://www.deliaonline.com
The vegetarian quiche was a Leek, Mushroom and Gruyere quiche from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com
Obviously as a vegetarian, this was the only one I tried, and it was DELICIOUS! If you like quiche, then I very much recommend this recipe.
And the best bit of the day? My nephew, the only boy in an 80 strong cast, winning the prize for the best improvement in his class.
Unusually I spent today at home. Normally I spend Sundays with my Mum and sister but today I had loads of little jobs I wanted to do. First up was bottling the mincemeat.
I had an important note to write to someone and decided to use one of the cards that had been printed with Mollie’s portrait on. A friend, Liz Strachan, drew Mollie’s portrait for my husband for Christmas and when she sent me the portrait she also sent some cards. I hadn’t used one until today.
Please do have a look at Liz Strachan’s website. www.lizstrachan.co.uk She’s so clever – and Mollie’s portrait is on the front page!
I also did quite a lot on the sleeve today but I haven’t taken a photo! Mostly because we went to my nephew’s birthday dinner this evening 😀
Mollie spent today being terrified by the wind. This mostly manifested itself in sitting down the bottom of the garden, well out of the way of the terrifying sitting room door that kept slightly moving…
(I know the grass needs cutting…)
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