Yesterday I got my chutneys made. A couple of jars of Apple & Raisin chutney and 5 jars of Sweet Chilli Jam (from Nigella's Christmas book). I also made a couple of jars of Onion Marmalade after I took this photo. Most of these are for gifts.
I've just finished my fourth batch of the Baileys & Vanilla fudge from last week. That is, I have just finished making my fourth batch of it, not eating my fourth batch! Most of that has been for gifts too.
I also received a wonderful package in the post yesterday.
Three little owl potstands from Marie's Shabby Shoppe.
Aren't they so delightful?
They look quite at home by the cooker. The boys love them and we put the biggest one straight to work under a cooling pan of fudge.
Marie's shop is so lovely. She has great taste!
The food preparations are under way. I'm hoping to have all the veg prepared tomorrow, the stuffing made and the starter made so that on Christmas day all I have to do is cook the food and not spend most of the day in the kitchen.
Our planned menu will be:
Prawn Cocktail, Smoked Salmon Pate and oatcakes
(Calum is making the Prawn Cocktail sauce)
Turkey, pork & apple stuffing, pork & chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes, honeyed roast parsnips, red cabbage, stir-fried sprouts, mashed carrots, bread sauce & cranberry sauce.
Nigella's Orange & Lime Ice Cream
(we tried this out with Christmas pud a few years back and it works a treat)
Profiteroles (maybe, we'll see how time goes tomorrow, but James is keen to have them!)
Tea & Coffee with Bailey's Fudge
A couple of weekends ago my beloved suggested that I treat my self to a new outfit for Christmas day so this is what I plan to wear.
The shoes aren't new and I haven't decided which to wear yet either.
Alasdair ran off with one of these just as I was about to take the photo!
Tomorrow I'm hoping to get the boys to sing a quick Gaelic Christmas song for the blog, so even though it is Christmas Eve and everyone will be busy, pop by quickly if you can!