Please allow me to brag, just a little (hey, isn’t that at least partly what knitblogs are for?!).
Of course, I also thought we were having dinner tonight (ie Sunday) and so I’d have the whole weekend to shop and cook and tidy the house and all. But of course, it was last night (Saturday) – so only a day to do all those things. Fortunately, I realised this earlier in the week, so could prepare myself a little (I put the Christmas tree up on Thursday night after work).
And to make things even more of a challenge, I woke up on Friday morning with a bit of a sore throat, which by yesterday morning had turned into all out sicky sore throat, sneezing, snot nose. Not terrible, can’t get out of bed flu though (phew!). So sent husby out to shop with detailed list (he only forgot 3 things, necessitating 2 more trips to the shops in the course of the day!) while I cleaned and tidied and planned out my cooking (small oven, lots of baked items – eeek!), all in between sneezing, blowing my nose and washing my hands (TMI? Sorry!)
First up, put the pudding fruits on to soak. While they soaked (2 hours rather than 4 specified by recipe) I made the potato and onion au gratin. Then made pudding and put on to boil (for 4.5 hours!). Then made the honey glazed vegetables (sweet potato, parsnip and pumpkin). Then had a shower, cleaned all the good crockery and glassware, set the table, and got the glaze ready for the ham. First guests arrived just as I was putting the ham in the oven. Phew! Pray that torrential rain doesn’t force us inside to eat (the deck is covered, but if really windy, the rain can blow in a fair way)
Husby carving the ham. Many jokes about whether I’ll be posting a butt shot of him carving. Decide against it!Pudding ready at just the right time. Is there anything more scary than peeling back the calico from your first ever boiled plum pudding? Another phew!Mmmm plum pudding…
All in all, a lovely evening (slightly stressful for me, sorry about that friends!). Now to relax for a couple of days, and really appreciate someone else making Christmas lunch!