I’m going to buy the Home Alone box set and put it on this weekend! I can’t wait to sit and write cards and wrap presents with some proper, Christmas humour – I love this time of year as everything gets a leeeeettle bit ridiculous, but it’s completely acceptable! So, we are on a mission to find it (somewhere HAS to have it? Surely? The supermarket?? Hmm…) Anyway, it’s happening! I’m already going through it in my head and found this picture on the left which made me laugh so much! I love that part of the film! I may even watch Home Alone 4… we’ll see…
I’ve got my HomeMade Gluten Free Mincemeat ready to be used, and it should be beautiful by now after being sat in it’s little Kilner jar getting all delicious for the past month!
I’m going to make some ‘open-top’, some with pastry topping and some with crushed and toasted hazelnuts on… just for variation and because I’m ‘test-driving’ them for my hamper as I’ll be putting some into it!
The plan is to make this and the mulled cider and have it over the weekend and maybe even take a flask for a wintery walk through the park! We’ll see how adventurous we get vs. how many presents get wrapped and cards get written! Otherwise we will be drinking it while watching Home Alone… either way suits me fine! I love Mulled Wine, but I don’t like it to be too heavy, so lots of yummy spices and apple-y goodness for me please! I love this cute picture I put in… but believe me, my wine will not be being tied up with a scarf, it will be being drunk by me who will probably be wearing said scarf!
I haven’t had this in a few years – last time I had it was at one of my favourite Christmas Markets – Lincoln. The market takes over the whole of Bailgate and it’s such a beautiful and busy place to be – food stalls, craft stalls, all the shops are open late, the Cathederal is all lit up and the Castle grounds are opened up with more of the market inside… wow… I miss home now! I’ll have to take the boyfriend up their one year for the market as the Castle is beautiful and so magical at Christmas, otherwise, it’s pretty expensive to go on a day-to-day visit and is usually full of school kids (I would know, I was once one of them, running around the castle, filling in various activity sheets in all my 90′s Puffa Jacket madness… yes, I was fat and in a puffa, please do not judge me, I was obviously totally on-trend and V fashion-foreward!) So anyway, the mulled cider not only smells delicious, it tastes it too and I think i’m going to have a go at serving it as it is in this picture I’ve found as the boyfriend managed to pick up some apples he isn’t too keen on (but which I like) and they were BYGOF so I can’t eat that many apples and I thought – why not be a little cup-crazy and make apple cups! I know, i’m completely off-the-wall with my Christmas ideas… i’m not… I just like decorations and pretty things, and these looks super-easy and impressive (win-win in my books!).
So, here I am, really giving myself a challenge here – to make Focacia bread, but not only that, I’ve found this lovely picture and will not have to create something that resembles such a thing of beauty. If not, it will be something to laugh about… ohh why do I do this to myself? I should just find terrible, disasterous pictures, say I’m going to make something similar and then look super-impressive when mine (may/possibly/hopefully/please do) turns out looking like the real deal and not a kitchen disaster worthy of the bin! So… we shall see… most of the time I’m just really excited to make something complicated as a gluten free meal or treat, especially when bread is involved as, removing the gluten can have consequences not worth mentioning (but I will – sticky dough, dough that doesn’t rise, dough that won’t cook, dough that cooks around the edge, rock solid bread… been there, done that, worn all of the t-shirts – they didn’t look good!) so I’m always a little anxious of trying out a new recipe, but for you lovely people and for the love of gluten free baking I will attempt this beautiful bread! What kind of ‘Rubelle’s Moon’s Gluten Free Challenge’ recipe would this be if it was easy straight away?! (A good one? Yes, probably you are right!)
This will be one of the recipes I first wanted to try when I began Rubelle’s Moon’s Gluten Free Challenge over a month ago. It is a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe and I think this will be a wonderful alternative to a Sunday Roast. I’m going to serve this with my Brussel Sprout recipe which I’ll be doing as a trial-run for posting up my blog for Caleigh for her run-up-to-Christmas recipes… I can’t wait to see all the treats that will be made! I love the pciture I found on the right… although to me it looks more like a Pumpkin… either way, gorgeous picture and really great colours! Love a bit of sunny orange when it starts getting a bit cold and grey outside (saying that it’s beautiful today!) and the dark nights start drawing in… I haven’t ever cooked a whole squash before, so i’m quite excited for how this will turn out!
So, I love goats VERY much. I pretty much love all farm animals as it’s what i’ve grown up with living in the countryside! Goats are brilliant and they produce milk that can be made into CHEESE – yay! I know it’s an accquired taste, but if I like it and i’m quite fussy with cheese as I find it a bit gag-inducing and the very word ‘Fromage Frais’ is enough to send me running, so trust me on this one, this is YUM. I was inspired to make a stuffed crust as, after a trip to the supermarket, the boyfriend was hanging his nose over the ‘make-your-own-pizza’ section and saw the stuffed crust… the minute he pointed it out, I knew I had to make a gluten free alternative! So, that’s what i’ll be doing at some point this weekend! Yum! I’m quite excited for this one as I haven’t yet attempted a gluten free pizza with a stuffing in the crust, so this will be a new experiment!
Alongside all the baking and wintery winterness, I’ll be writing up my list of preparations in the countdown to Christmas (cake icing, biscuit making, hamper-putting-together-ing) and putting up some fairy lights and other decorations (no tree as we really have no tree room!) I can’t wait to have room for a ‘proper’ tree!!
Let me know what you think and if you have any ideas to add to my weekend.