A belated Happy Christmas to everyone. I hope that you all had a happy, healthy Christmas with good food and good company.
As usual, I made far too much food; I always over prepare. I cater for an army rather than for 5 people for 2 days. But I would hate anyone to leave my home hungry. So I have lots of food to get through. The vegetables that were still sitting in the refrigerator waiting for their turn in the spotlight have been caramelised with maple syrup and blitzed into soup for tonight. The mince pies will be brought out for guests on News Years Eve. That just leaves the Christmas cake which I can manage quite nicely on my own, thank you very much.
Christmas lunch was wonderful – even if I say it myself. Starter was a roasted red pepper and butternut squash hummus served with pitta bread. The turkey and trimmings were delicious. The Christmas pudding is still waiting to be eaten but that will last a few months so it can be an indulgent treat later in the year. The disappointment was my trifle. I had seen the recipe on the internet and I should really have done a test run before the big day: brownies, Baileys, bananas, custard and cream should have been a heavenly combination. I just felt it was lacking something.
But – if you want to try a really yummy mousse, you must try the mousse that I made Christmas Eve. Toblerone, cream and marshmallows. Beautiful and so easy to make.
So – hopefully by New Year, all of the ‘naughty’ food will have been eaten and I can begin the task of shifting the few pounds that have crept onto my hips over the past few days. I’m almost looking forward to getting back on the straight and narrow. Almost.
Have a brilliant New Year and I hope 2019 is wonderful to you.