Good morning, everyone. It's raining again - I've just dodged the raindrops to get to the shed for a few bits and bobs. Beeb says expect heavy rain and a moderate breeze today so it's just as well I have absolutely no plans to go anywhere. Tuesday and Wednesday I have 'essential' things to do but not today.
Yesterday was lovely. I know I say that a lot and I know I'm fortunate to be able to say it. After a restless night, I came down very early and got started on finishing off the stollen before I started the social mediating. It came out absolutely lovely and already I am thinking I might make another one. I think the (fortunate) slowness in rising was partly because it was an enriched dough but more likely to be because, when I checked, I saw that the yeast I used was ridiculously old. Actually, it's lucky to have risen at all, in truth!
Anyway, it eventually rose satisfactorily, I baked it and it is absolutely lovely. Of course, Beth, Alex and I sampled a bit and the rest is now sliced, wrapped and in the freezer. It goes stale quite quickly son that's the best place for it. Also - out of sight, out of mind.
The beef went in early to slow roast to its heart's content and, by lunch time, it was so tender it pretty much melted in the mouth. Diane will shudder - I know she and many others prefer their beef rare!
The cake is now decorated. I'm not sure but Beth says it looks lovely - and it will taste as good as it smells, I hope.
So that's another thing ticked off the list!
Dessert is mince pie and/or Christmas pud and there will be a cheeseboard for any of us that has enough room.
In the afternoon we watched 'Miracle on 34th Street' followed by 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' until it was time for Beth and Alex to go home.
Today the diary is blank. I think I will make up the stuffing and pop it in the freezer and ditto for Beth's vegetarian crumble topping which is just a mixture of flour, butter, oats and cheese with some seasonings. The bottom is just a beany tomato mixture and it's one of her favourites. The pigs are already in the freezer so it's just a case of getting everything out on Thursday evening and letting it defrost slowly in the fridge (if there's room) or in the shed, if necessary.
Lovely cake! Squiffy??? Can't see anything squiffy just a beautiful, handcrafted, Christmas cake.ReplyDelete
< grin > I'm hyper-critical! Thanks - I am very pleased with it really!Delete
The stolen looks lovely. I used to put my soutdough in the fridge overnight to slow the rise.ReplyDelete
It worked well anyway. I just got lucky that the yeast had a bit of life left.Delete
It tasted great too, which is a relief. I should have known Delia's recipe would work fine.
Lovely stollen and cake, and well done for being so organised. I love leftovers too, and frequently purposely cook extra for the leftovers. We're having a roast chicken dinner pie today from yesterday's leftovers, half of which will be (another!) purposeful leftover to go in the freezer. Thank you for the music (in the words of Abba!). XxReplyDelete
I love that song. 'Who can live without it', indeed!Delete
I like the name roast chicken dinner pie! It sounds delicious right from the start!
Leftovers are brilliant!
You amaze me.Delete
That almost sounds ominous, Brenda. < chuckle >Delete
The cake look perfect ... well done! My Christmas dinner will be the same as yours except cauliflower instead of broccoli. I'm looking forward to it already!ReplyDelete
A real feast, isn't it. I'm sure we will both enjoy it all very much indeed.Delete
It all looks scrumptious. Beautifully decorated christmas cakes, a shame to cut. I love the simplicity of these cakes. Fabulous music!! :-) stay safe Amanda xReplyDelete
Thank you, that's very kind.Delete
I so admire your organisation. I try to be but alas, I think it is too late for me to change. The cake looks lovely as does the stollen. Yummy, yummy, yummy!ReplyDelete
I try to be organised. It reflects back to my teaching days, I guess, when you had to be organised or fail miserably!Delete
It doesn't always come off nowadays, mind you!
Your cake looks lovely - we are going to have a go at copying your design tomorrow when we ice ours. Have a good christmas. EmmaReplyDelete
Wow - that's a real compliment, thank you so much. I hope you've really enjoyed it.Delete
I am so impressed with all of your baking, cooking and planning for Christmas, Joy! Your cake is beautiful and I know you will enjoy it with Alex and Beth. Have a wonderful week. Christmas is almost here!ReplyDelete
It is! So close now, two more days and it's here. Where has the time gone?Delete
A lovely day. Your stollen looks delicious and your cake decoration is so creative. My Christmas Dinner will be very much like yours. One day I will get to have vegetable lasagne ;) XReplyDelete
The stollen really is delicious, thanks to Delia - I have never known her recipes to fail.Delete
Vegetable lasagne - any kind of lasagne, in fact - sounds fantastic. Fingers crossed for one day. :-)
Oh wow - it all looks so delicious! The cake is fantastic totally decorated. I must admit I miss Christmas Cake. Fruit cake in America is - pulling a face here - yuck, all candied bits and no real fruit. Sigh. I would make one but it would be just me eating it - the mere talk of fruit cake and the rest of them pull faces lolReplyDelete
Thank you. What a shame you can't buy a nice little fruit cake for yourself. They keep for ages.Delete