I have just spent a most enjoyable few hours making my decorations.
This year on my white table cloth on Christmas Day I have gone for a very rustic look and found some old terracotta pots to which I filled with florist block and I have added a candle and some eucalyptus leaves and some berries.
For my front door wreath I cheated and spent 8.00 on a ready made ring to which I added some pine cones, fruit, berries and pre made sliced limes and even whole limes. I have a box full of goodies like cinammons sticks so I can choose different things each year. I will finally add some very small apples (cox) which I stick into a snapped in half kebab stick and then into the wreath and if no-one slams my front door it will stay in! Try making one yourself, its very satisfying!
A terrible snap I know but such a pleasure and delight to the eye to see Bill and Ben, my handsome lads, strutting their suff in my kitchen garden. They are going to be so happy when i get my young ladies in spring to keep them company and give me mahogany coloured eggs after Valentines Day (the official date in the chicken calendar when there are enough light hours in the day to start producing eggs the natural way)!
One of my best garden tips is to try and have a plant in your flower bed best seen from the windows of your home that looks good whatever the season. That way the eye is naturally drawn to its splendour rather than the otherwise dullness of perennials and annuals that have died off. The mahonia is a wonderful example I think. It is evergreen it is in flower right now and the smell is awesome!
Recently a lovely lady rang to say that some of the macarons had been sent as a gift had arrived broken. She did not seem to mind as she said it did not affect the taste! However, Sarah and I decided it was time to limit the breaks! And, tada, look at the result. We are so pleased. Now they are still pretty and safe!
This sauce or compote goes with any Christmas meat. From turkey or goose to beef and duck or pheasant. I make it every single year. It takes me 10 minutes and I pop it straight into the freezer or if within 2 weeks of Christmas a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
– packet of fresh cranberries thoroughly washed
– demerara sugar to taste (I use approx. 4 tablespoons full)
– zest of a large orange
– juice of that large orange
1. All in a saucepan together and moderate heat until consistency is like in the picture above.