Good morning! It's a bit earlier (and will be even earlier tomorrow, I am sure) but I'm awake after the best night's sleep I've had for several days. Although I'm still feeling 'weary', it's a lot better than it was so fingers crossed the curse - I mean cold - is lifting at last.
I know I made the right decision to stay at home and not inflict me and my bugs on my parents.
Yesterday was a quiet, sleepy day in between coughs, so there's not a lot to report. Today I plan to catch up on mundane, everyday stuff that has been neglected this week and there's an underlying feeling of relief that I won't be back at work in two days' time. I wonder when this mental/emotional adherence to the school calendar will go.
I might defrost some cranberries and start the Christmas spiced cranberry jelly. For some inexplicable reason I have four bags of them in the freezer, three from Sainsbury's and one bag of fresh ones, bought in Morrisons last Christmas and never used. So I have plenty enough to make jelly rather than jam or sauce. I shall add apple to the mix for setting and some Christmas spices for added flavour.
The recipes I have read suggest leaving the fruit mixture to drip for a long time, up to 24 hours, so I can start this morning and finish tomorrow. Most of them suggest adding alcohol, but I won't, not to this batch anyway.
One way or another, I am slowly working through the glut of stuff in the freezers which is a very satisfying experience. I will definitely have enough room for all the Christmas stuff at this rate. That being so and given that I have a bag of King Edwards in the fridge, I might also get the Christmas roasties prepped and frozen.
I've done this for a number of years now and it doesn't half save time over the Christmas meals. This year I have some fine semolina too, so I will dredge the par-boiled spuds in a half and half of that and flour before open freezing and then bagging them.
So that's the plan for today, fingers crossed, and it only remains to report on food!
B: bran flakes and an apple
L: probably soup
D: I fancy making a one egg Yorkshire and having savoury mince and veg inside it, using it as a plate. If it shapes OK, that is. Time alone will tell.