December Blog

Thursday 20th December 2018

December Blog

At this time of year I am always grateful that I normally organise a pre-Christmas Cook In for my loyal group of followers from the local U3A.  It makes me get organised early as I always try to decorate the tree before they come!  This year we met on December 14th.

We all enjoyed the cheesy biscuits with a champagne cocktail and then it was time for the slow cooked Lamb Tagine with apricots, served with Cous- Cous salad and a colourful Beetroot and Carrot Coleslaw with Pecan nuts.  For dessert I made a boozy Cherry, Apricot and Chocolate Trifle which looked rather festive topped with fresh strawberries and crumbled chocolate flake.  It is the only time I will buy strawberries from Spain as we cannot get British strawberries in December!

Sadly, on November 21st, which happens to be my father’s birthday, my sister Carol lost her incredibly courageous fight against cancer.  I read the poem If, by Rudyard Kipling at her funeral.  It is a family favourite and I have a framed copy of the poem on the windowsill in my office.

At last I have completed my latest cook book, which will now be called either:

The Beat your Biological Age Cook Book or The Super Agers Healthy Eating Cook Book.  Hopefully my agent Helen will soon find a publisher for it.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year, where ever they may be.

You might like to try this very simple champagne Cocktail:

Put one teaspoon sieved marmalade of your choice into each of 6 champagne flutes.  Shake a refrigerated carton of the best pure orange juice you can buy and ¼ fill each glass with a little of the orange juice.  Add 6 frozen cranberries to each flute and top up carefully with champagne.  Stir gently and serve immediately.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

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