Sunday, December 25, 2005

Happy Christmas

It is another dazzling day and J and I are having Christmas in North London just the two of us. Quietly, concentrating on getting the most happiness out of each moment.

I am taking a 10 minute break in the middle of cooking Christmas lunch. J is playing with his new toy, an X box with Halo 2.

I am about to go into the heavy artillery phase of the Christmas lunch, having got stuck into the sherry, and put the chicken stuffed with sage , pork and lemon into the oven an hour ago.

Pigs in blankets, chestnut stuffing balls, then in go roast new poatoes, roast rosemary potatoes, roast parsnips and red pepper, with onion and creme fraiche sauce, cranberry sauce. Veg stock made for the gravy, boiled sweet potatoes ready to mash. Onion and broccoli and leeks in the steamer.

Then Christmas pudding with brandy cream, and the Queen's speech, and then watching a movie.

Happy Christmas. I'm thinking of all the people I met this summer who didn't think they'd see Christmas this year. And of those who are missed around the table today. Those who will never forget this year, 2005.

I wish you what Kings Cross United have wished me, and each other, a happy Christmas, and a peaceful New Year, and an ordinary 2006.


Blogger Clare said...

Happy Christmas Rachel and hope you are enjoying your day.

December 25, 2005 6:23 pm  
Anonymous seth said...

hi rachel,

xmas greetings from new york..i hope you and j are enjoying your day...btw...i got a digital camera...and several simpsons ornmanents..including a couple of very hard to find ones from the late 90's !!! i will have to go get a tree for next year :)

seth :)

December 26, 2005 5:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas - hope you had a great day

December 27, 2005 12:17 pm  
Blogger Bob Piper said...

Rachel, that lunch almost made me wish I wasn't a veggie. Hope you enjoyed it, and your day.

December 28, 2005 11:20 am  
Anonymous Clarice said...

Well, I hope your Christmas dinner was as wonderful as it sounds.

I can't help wondering though, if you've ever tried making your gravy in the traditional way, making the stock the night before by boiling the giblets for an hour (removing the bitter parts first), and using the veg water and turkey fat plus a little bit of cornflower and some bisto if nec.
Lots of love

December 28, 2005 9:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm starving after reading that list of gorgeous food!!!!

January 13, 2006 4:03 pm  

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