Saturday 2 November 2013


Dull, damp, a bit misty - well it is November. I have always loved that poem by Thomas Hood which describes November so very accurately.

No sun - no moon! 
No morn - no noon - 
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day. 
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, 
No comfortable feel in any member - 
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, 
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! - 

After that bit of seasonal culture, moving on, I had a great day buzzing around in the kitchen.  I used up the dry cake to make trifle and made two little ones, one without jelly for my vegetarian and one without cake for my gluten intolerent. (who now can't come, but never mind!).  I made two lots of rolls, white and wholemeal, both with oats as one of the ingredients.  The wholemeal ones look pretty - I did mini plaits and mini cottage loaves.  The white ones I shaped into knots but, unfortunately but amusingly, they look more like piles of turd so have been nicknamed turd rolls (in my own mind).  Never mind, I am sure they will taste delicious, which is what it is all about!

This morning I have to tidy the kitchen, do a quick dust and sweep and then do the last minute stuff - slice the ham (a lovely unsmoked gammon roll from Morrisons), make the salad, put things in dishes, etc.  I went to pick up the birthday cake yesterday and it is absolutely super - but no photos until tomorrow.  I don't want to spoil the surprise!!

Better get started then!


  1. Looks like the Hostess is perfectly organised as ever and ready to party!
    Enjoy! Ax

  2. love the poem have a great day

  3. I'm tired now but it's been lovely. I'm just not sure how to use up all the leftovers - you can't freeze trifle, can you? < smile >
    J x

  4. It'll keep for a couple of days. Maybe the one with the hollow legs, Alex, will help out???

  5. LOL - Beth said no to taking some trifle but I don't mind, it's really delicious and I haven't made or had trifle for a very long time.
    Young hollow legs has plenty of ham, rolls, potato salad, coleslaw and birthday cake to keep him happy for a few days!
    J x