Is it ok to still talk about Christmas?
|Charlie, the only member of our extended family (on the English side) who is not publicity-shy.|
I suppose it would be alright, given that there are 12 days of Christmas so strictly speaking, the festive season is not over yet... Anyhow, I'd like to capture some wonderful memories of our 2014 Christmas so please indulge me.
After moaning about Sainsbury's bakery mince pies in my previous post, we found our 5/5 ones, from none other than Sainsbury's more homemade-look 'Taste the Difference' range!
A new variation comes to a close second of 4.5 out of 5, but as it does not contain the traditional mince meat, it does not strictly count towards the mince pie challenge. However, as far as I am concerned, tasty food is always worth noting so here is a photo for anyone else (apart from me) who is interested.
I also made our own mince pies, since it's a bit of a family tradition here to make our own gluten-free version.
The mince meat recipe varies each year as it depends on our changing taste as well as the dried fruit that I happen to have at the point of making. This year, I used a variation on the Victorian recipe found in the Victorian Christmas recipe book in this post. I think I must have got carried away since I made enough mince meat to feed the whole village,
so I used the mince meat to make a Christmas crumble (by just adding a layer of mince meat to the usual chopped apples in a normal apple crumble) and Christmas muffins (with mince meat added to the ingredients). Even so, I still two jars of mince meat left so I shall have to come up with other creative ideas to use them up this month!
We had a slight scare just prior to Christmas Day, with Tiger having a sudden high temperature two days before. I thought we might have to stay at home for Christmas so I went panic-shopping on the 24th morning to get everything I could need to cook Christmas lunch -- there's nothing like a good old mad rush to gather all the ingredients for a complete Christmas lunch! Luckily Tiger recovered by Chtistmas eve so we were able to spend the 25th with family, enjoying fantastic food and jolly company.
It was a good Christmas for us. I hope yours was wonderful too!
This post is linked up to:
1) Hip Homeschool Hop - 12/30/14
2) My Week in Review #18
3) Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with Christmas and New Year's