Looking at my kitchen first thing this morning
in the calm early morning light
it seemed it too was mentally preparing itself for the
Seasonal Storm of baking and cooking
about to be unleashed in a mad flurry
of excitement and anticipation, when every
available surface will be covered
with the preparation of Christmas Delights. . .
I'm the untidiest cook EVER!
For me, this just-me-and-my-kitchen timeis guaranteed to put me "in the mood" for Christmas,
which has been strangely absent these past few weeks.
Deft juggling of oven space means the Rayburn
will roast beef, chicken, potatoes and veg on Christmas Day
while the pud warms in the simmering oven
and the sprouts, red cabbage and citrus combos
sit on the hotplate
but this morning it's time to bake
Ted's Special Chocolate Cake, do the trifle sponge,
boil the ham, prepare a mountain of veg
and make sweet treats for visitors
who may drop by, now that the clearing snow
makes our lane accessible
(postie please note- you can now deliver!)
For me the culinary highlight is not turkey and trimmings
but Boxing Day lunch-
as Lizzie and I decided, without Christmas
you just couldn't have Bubble and Squeak!
Our table will be festively dressed as we sit down
to dinner early Christmas evening after settling the animals.
We have a toast to absent friends, and to our
lovely family who are sadly no longer with us.
However you spend your Christmastime,
I send you very kindest wishes and
hope the forthcoming New Year will bring
nothing but happiness