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
Carrots (from the garden, I hope)
Gravy, bread sauce and cranberry sauce
cream and brandy cream
And I have sundry bits and bobs with which to dress the table too.