Saturday, 6 December 2014
23 November 2014
Today is the day you are supposed to make your Christmas pudding. It is called “Stir-Up Sunday”. I figure that if all that’s involved is stirring, then even I ought to be able to do it.
There is a Christmas pudding recipe in a Delia Smith book. It is quite a long recipe, but if you take the big picture view you can précis it down to:
1 bag of muesli + 1 bottle of rum + 1 jar of mixed spice
This seems to work OK. We stir in a five-pence piece (pre-soaked in Dettol® – I am not stupid) and leave it to steep for 24 hours.
Thus inspired, I turn to the Christmas shopping. It is only a month till the Big Day and there is a lot going on at CIPA before then, so I have to start early. But Christmas shopping is easy these days. I go online, find something that looks reasonably edible, and order 36 of them. Then, because I think I ought to help with the Christmas dinner too, I go online, find a nice bottle of wine, and order 36 of them as well. Easy peasy.
I hope people like their fish pies.
24 November 2014
Nice porridge. Bit of a festive flavour to it, actually. With high notes of… mmm, Dettol.
Will my children believe me when I tell them that the steeping process results in the addition of a plastic pot, some cellophane and a Sainsbury’s® label?
– Possibly not, but then, they don’t believe that thing about Father Christmas either. They say: if Father Christmas were real he wouldn’t have brought us those beef lasagnes last year. I say: yes he would, I mean yes he did, and he put reindeer meat in them specially. And then everyone cries and refuses to eat lasagne ever again.