Finally, I have finished work and have had a lovely morning pottering around tidying up, wrapping a few last minute presents and planning tomorrow’s dinner. I have been through the Radio Times and there is some good TV on. I rarely sit around watching the box, but will make an exception over Christmas. I also have lots that I will record, including Gregory’s Girl – I love that film! I was going to buy it for me and DD3 to watch during our weekly film night but it was almost £20 on Amazon! Also I am a sucker for a good costume drama, so will be forcing the family to watch Downton Abbey on Christmas Day and definitely Death Comes to Pemberley on Boxing Day. I am a big Jane Austen fan, and adored the classic series of Pride and Prejudice with the delicious Colin Firth as Mr Darcy . Sorry, Mr Shoestring, but I might still have to chuck you if he ever appears out of our pond in his shirt :).
I have peeled the chestnuts, iced the cake and made the stuffing this morning. I could have the stuffing as a main course actually, it smells so good. Here is the recipe:
400g herby sausage meat (£2.10 from the local butcher)
1 large onion, peeled and chopped (about 10p)
1 apple, peeled and diced fairly small (free, another windfall)
About a dessertspoon of butter
75g breadcrumbs (made from the ends of the bread, so effectively free)
Handful of chopped herbs (I used parsley and rosemary as I have them in the garden, but sage would be nice too – free)
Gently fry the onion in the butter for 4 or 5 minutes, then add the apple for 2 minutes. Add the sausage meat, breadcrumbs and herbs and mix well (it’s easiest with your hands). Make into balls and bake at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes, or use to stuff your bird.
I made 6 largish stuffing balls with half of this, and will use the other half in the neck of the turkey tomorrow.
Whatever you are doing today, I hope you are having a good day and have a brilliant Christmas. I might make it on here to blog tomorrow, but I might be too stuffed to move as far as the laptop! Actually I plan a late breakfast, everyone mucking in to get the dinner ready, eating it, then having a walk to work some of it off. Then back to clear up, have a Christmas tea of salad and cold cuts with some friends and an evening of games and TV. Complete bliss!