Friday, 1 January 2010

So how was it for you?

New Year passed as it always seems to - anticlimactically.  For this year's I seem to have gone into granny mode, sitting on a sofa next to a large, snoring cat and a large, snoring husband, glass of wine to hand, crocheting squares to make into a blanket for my new baby niece/nephew. Over the last few weeks I've taught myself to crochet so figured I ought to put it to good use:



 It was, however, 'Graham Linehan Night' on one of the telly channels so rather than bore my way through any amount of endless Reviews of the Year or Jools Holland's Hootenanny, I spent it in the company of Father Ted, Black Books and the IT Crowd (I'm sorry but I think the links only work if you're in the UK).  Then all the fireworks went off outside, we wished each other a Happy New Year and went to bed!

This morning opened bright and shiny - sun was beaming down and we'd had enough of a dusting of snow overnight to make everything look like confectionery!  I dropped a hint to TLH about wanting to go to the beach but, to be honest, I think we'd rather stay in the comfy warm (and there's the BIG Dr Who changeover to look forward to - I'll try not to cry....).  Plus, I have another christmas lunch to enjoy!  Because I had such a shite time over Christmas proper last week, I felt I missed out on the food, so we're going to do it all again this afternoon, except with a chicken (a turkey is too big for just the two of us) but with everything else - roasties, sprouts, mashed swede & carrot, parsnips, stuffing, sausages, gravy, Buck's Fizz to drink - yum, yum, yum!  We went shopping for everything on Tuesday evening but the only thing we couldn't find was Christmas pudding!  Very odd.  But we were given a huge traditional Christmas cake so we'll have that instead.  Although if I ever eat another raisin again it will be too soon...

5 comments:

peevish said...

This sounds like quite a feast!! You don't actually mash a Swede, do you?

peevish said...

I forgot to say Happy New Year!

Mrs Jones said...

Peevish - happy new year to you too! Yes, you do mash the swede. Cut and peel into finger sized thickness, peel and slice carrots thickly, put the lot in a pan with a bit of salt, cover with water and cook until soft, takes 10-15 mins. Add a big knob of butter, and freshly ground black pepper to taste and then basically puree the lot, by mashing with a potato masher and then liquidising or whatever you use. Taste and see if it needs more seasoning (it needs quite a lot). Its very yummy and so simple to make, you should try it!

mountainear said...

Well it's Happy Christmas to you then - I'll save the New Year's greeting until twelth night etc etc. Will you ever catch up I wonder?

Mashed swede - fantastic.

elizabethm said...

What a great idea to have a rerun of the christmas lunch now you feel better! Hope it was yum.