Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Finally...

I have made the Christmas pudding... I have had the fruit since Oct. but I just couldn't motivate myself to 'get it all together'... On Saturday I decided to soak the fruit 'overnight' - well, that lasted until yesterday, when I finally made myself 'get it together'... So all last night while we slept the pudding cooked...

I cook it in my crockpot ( slow cooker) so it is just a matter putting one cup of water in the bottom of the crockpot popping in the covered pudding basin - set and forget... I have cooked it this way for years - it is almost a fool's way as very little can go wrong...

On Christmas day I re-heat using the same method - it is great as most years kitchen space is at a premium so I usually put the crockpot in the laundry on the washing machine - again putting it on about two to four hours (depending on size of pudding) ahead of serving time- and by the time we get to pudding time it is nice and hot...

Yesterday I prepared the fruit for the Christmas cake - another favorite of mine as it is a traditional fruit mix - however it is a boiled fruit cake... It always has a nice texture and is moist... I know I am running behind with these as really they are at their best done at least six weeks ahead - but 'them are the breaks' - so to speak...

I hope to make some almond crescents - these are my all time favorite. My introduction to these was when I was about ten and I went to visit my friend's grandfather, a fine old Austrian gentleman, who lived in Portsea. He had a wood fire stove and made the most delicious things - almond crescents being one of them... They had a taste that I still remember... Mine aren't quite as nice as his - the wood fire stove having something to do with it - but they are still pretty good...
I have just made some cornflake biscuits - we seem to have an over abundance of packets of cornflakes so I thought I would re visit 'an oldie but goodie' recipe... They smell pretty good too...
Time to go and invest energy in some more Christmas type stuff... Now where are all the lights from last year - I am sure that I put them somewhere... *s wanders away musing the possible whereabouts of missing lights...

2 comments:

Chloe said...

I can just image what the aromas would be around your place. I wanna be there!!!!

Catch up soon

xXx

Gina E. said...

Me too!!