Friday 7 November 2014


Good morning, Internet friends, and welcome to a chilly, wet, windy morning here in 'sunny' Essex.  I like to have my tilt and turn window a little on the tilt but despite the teeny opening, the curtains were blowing all over the place this morning.  No rain coming in, just wind.

I'm not laying odds on a wet playtime this morning!

In contrast, yesterday was glorious most of the day.  It started off with a car scraping frost but the sun shone and playground duty was a treat.  I wonder how things will go today with all this wind though!

This Christmas dinner is getting sorted.  I shall make the bread sauce in Thermione - it's the sort of recipe that lends itself to that sort of cooking and I won't have to watch and stir all the time.  I've bought sausage meat for a stuffing base, the cranberry sauce is already made, I have some chicken wings to make a good roasted stock for gravy (as it's a turkey crown I am cooking) and the sprouts are in.

So (and I hope this is OK, Sonja) the very traditional menu is . . .

Roast turkey breast with bacon
Pigs in blankets
Roast potatoes
Carrots (from the garden, I hope)
Red cabbage
Gravy, bread sauce and cranberry sauce

Mince pies
cream and brandy cream

And I have sundry bits and bobs with which to dress the table too.



  1. Sounds good to me, what kind of stuffing do you do. I do one with sausage meat and chestnuts which is often more popular than the turkey!!!!

  2. I've got sausage meat, breadcrumbs, bacon and chestnuts all sort of smerged together! I might use Thermione. I certainly will for the bread sauce.
    J x