Today I have made my first ever Christmas pudding! I have never bothered before because I have either been given them or bought them very reasonably from Aldi. However, this year, as I am now eating gluten free, I thought I would make my own. I have used the recipe from the Dove’s Farm website: http://www.dovesfarm.co.uk/recipes/christmas-pudding/
It is also dairy and egg free. It smells lovely, but I will have to wait until I eat it on the day to know whether it has been a success or not. I had to beg the pudding basin from Mr Shoestring’s mum first thing as I realised I didn’t possess one the right size. I didn’t want to buy one specially or that would start to make it a very expensive pudding, but I will keep an eye out for one when I peruse the charity shops and boot sales between now and next year.
I also made a massive pot of soup with some of the courgettes out of the freezer. Instead of adding potatoes I bulked it out with a packet of vegetable savoury rice I got a while back from Approved Foods. It was just a chopped onion, 4 chopped celery sticks, a huge bag of courgettes (about 6 I would say), 3 pints of veggie stock, some left over mashed potato and seasoning, with a packet of vegetable savoury rice to thicken it. If I hadn’t used that I would have added 3 medium spuds. It was delicious and will be perfect for some of our lunches at work next week. I am struggling with gluten free bread so no longer take sandwiches to work. It is just not that nice!! Instead I have been taking soup or a salad with rice or oat cakes. This is quite satisfying, but it does mean I need to be organised in advance. Anyone else been cooking today?