Monthly Archives: December 2018

Merry Christmastide to all!

summary: Merry Christmas to all! rationing; feasting anyway; indoor cat goes fishing; Orange Appeal mussels revisited with Pernod replacing the fennel; a tagine is the best;

In keeping with tradition, we like to celebrate Christmas over a number of days. None of this “one night and we’re done” for us!

Yesterday was Boxing Day and I confess that we were very lazy. Except the furry black fiend. He was very busy fishing.

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cat fish
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furry black fiend
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Needless to say, we did not join the silly throngs of lost souls who raced to the shopping malls in search of bargains.

Instead, after a leisurely late breakfast of glorious leftovers, we went out for a stroll through the neighbourhood, remarking on how quiet and calm it was. (continue reading )

Currant Affairs (BBB December 2018)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Baked Currant Doughnuts; rationing; sharing; late again; information about Bread Baking Babes;

Well. I’m only one day late. It’s not entirely my fault. (Actually, it is… :lalala: …one of these days I might learn to plan ahead.) If only the BBB dough had taken just 3 or 4 hours to rise – as per the recipe, I might have been on time. Still, better late than never for:

Bread Baking Babes (BBB): Baked Currant Doughnuts

“Nearly eleven o’clock,” said Pooh happily. “You’re just in time for a little smackerel of something.”

BBB December 2018

We are the fortunate ones; there are so many traditional yeasted delights to bake in December: Lucia Buns, Finnish cardamom bread, Brioche Flowers, Clark’s Bread, Stollen, Panettone, Babas au Rhum, . . . And then there are the non-yeasted delights too: scones, various kinds of shortbread, vinarterta, fruitcake, chocolate bark, cherry snowballs, crescents, cheese biscuits, . . . .

And now, thanks to Pat (aka Elle), we will have currant doughnuts – baked (Yay!), rather than deep-fried – to add to our feasts as well.

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It’s Exactly What We’ve Always Wanted!

summary: Tagine; in praise of unglazed clay; seasoning an unglazed tagine; inaugurating a tagine;

Look what we just got!!

Tagine

It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted
A very extra special thing
For it’s useful and quite pleasant
And it’s just the sort of present that is
Fit for a king!
 
– Douglas Moore and Raymond Abrashkin, Puss In Boots, Children’s Record Guild

It is a tagine!

We’re so excited. Doubly! Because, yes. The tagine is unglazed! (continue reading )