Once again, this month, it’s not that we haven’t been eating… but most of the time when I’ve been on the computer, I’ve been distracted by putting together my annual Advent calendar.
The following list shows when I came in here to try to put together a post.
- 23 Nov made vinarterta, lost at Scrabble – as usual. Fun day.
- 24 Nov Hey!! what’s that white stuff doing on the ground! It’s not Christmas yet….
- 26 Nov Advent calendar finished… nick of time!
- 28 Nov And the snow is gone again (but it’s probably coming back again in a couple of days.
Yes, the vinarterta is made. It took us hours to make two cakes. This, of course, is not because it really takes that long. It’s because we were just having too much fun. My sister arrived at around 10:00 and we started. I had already got the ingredients out. This year, I was particularly pleased with myself because I remembered to put the butter into the oven (light turned on but oven turned off) overnight. This makes it SO much easier to cream the butter. In winter, we almost don’t have to keep butter in the fridge. It’s pretty much the same on the counter as in the fridge; the butter is hard. (heh heh, I cannot help but think of Grandpa’s favourite response:
it’s harder where there’s none!)
So we happily went about our usual tasks – I prepared the prunes and my sister mixed the cake dough. (Next year we HAVE to switch! It has been eons since I made the cake part.) Then, naturally, we had to stop for lunch. I cleverly maneuvered my sister into making her tunafish on toast. I love that tunafish. When we were growing up, it was a simple white sauce with celery and maybe some onion served on toast. But the recipe has evolved and my sister added at least two kinds of pepper (a jalapeno from their garden harvest and some red pepper from the market), celery, onion, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, etc. etc. to the simple white sauce. I provided the toast – from two different kinds of bread: regular sandwich and molasses fennel rye and apple cider to drink. Delicious!! That tunafish on toast is one of my very favourite things about making vinarterta!
After lunch, we baked the layers and played Scrabble. I thought I might manage to squeak by with a win this year but no. I even thought that I might get a mention on the inside of the Scrabble box, where highest scores are listed because I kept throwing the our ridiculous scoring system, I lost again, although not quite spectacularly enough to receive yet another entry into the Hall of Shame section inside the Scrabble box.back into the bag so she would be trapped with it at the end of the game. Silly me. Instead, I got trapped with 5 vowels that I couldn’t get rid of in time! So with
The last of the layers were baked and cooling. We played a round of Blockhead (or was it two?) and then put the cakes together, wrapped them and put them in their tins to cure. Zero mishaps this year (if you don’t count the fact that we had to use some regular sugar instead of berry sugar in the cake layers because someone whose name begins with E thought there was enough berry sugar in the cupboard) And at around 4:00 (or was it 4:30?) my sister headed off home to be in time for dinner.