Brrrrr - it's an extremely chilly morning again today and a frost as well. Time to put the cotton dressing gown away and get out the fluffy one instead, I think.
Yesterday got colder and colder as the day progressed and, with quite a strong wind, it found all the nooks and crannies, making inside the house feel cooler than it should. I guess that must have died down anyway or there wouldn't be a frost.
Yesterday was quite frustrating. I'm blogged before about my uselessness with pastry. Well, I made mince pies and attempted a sweet pastry with butter, sugar and egg and - let's just say it wasn't all I would have liked it to be. The taste was fine but it was hard instead of crumbly and I really didn't overwork it! It's very frustrating to be bad at pastry.
I froze what I made and they're not terrible. After all, the mincemeat is delicious! They're just not what I wanted to produce. I shall have another go today, small amounts and try using mostly Trex instead of butter, as that seems to work best for the ordinary short crust. I suspect my hands are too warm but I don't see what I can do about that - if you have warm hands, you have warm hands!
Today, Beth and Alex are round for dinner so I'm roasting a couple of chicken leg joints for me and Alex while Beth has a nice veggie thing. I'll do roasties, broccoli, parsnips and maybe carrots and I do have some packet stuffing which I may roll into patties and fry. Mince pies and custard for dessert and that's a nice dinner for not too much trouble and, with any luck, there will be vegetable leftovers for tomorrow!
I still have fridge stuff to use up so I shall concoct something out of what's left for the other meal and breakfast will be egg based.
At one point in the late afternoon, there was quite a dramatic sky, so I risked the chilly wind and snapped a few photos.
Have a great day and stay warm!