Christmas Cake 2018

I LOVE Christmas cake.  I love making it just as much as I love eating it.  each year, I dig out the same old recipes from the same cooks (Delia Smith and Mary Berry) and read through their ingredient lists and methods with a feeling of happiness growing in my heart.  Then, the same thing…

Perfect Parsnips

I love Parsnips!  Not just at Christmas time, but all through the Autumn and Winter season. This is my recipe for Perfect Parsnips. You can’t be bashful about using fats when cooking these perfect parsnips.  They are not for those on a diet!! For a large side portion of Perfect Parsnips take 1kg of Medium…

A Sprout is not just for Christmas

Christmas Time – Sprouts.  Yes it’s the best time of the year to eat sprouts, they are in season, they are small nutty bundles of sweet green vegetable!  A lot of people don’t like them, proboably because they are associated with small mushy bundles!!  Try them this way and you may just like them, or…

Curry -vs- Pie

So the left-overs battle continued during the Christmas/New year break.  We had friends over for dinner, and I could not for the life of me decide whether to do a Turkey & Ham Thai green curry, or a traditional “left-overs” pie.  I do love some pastry post Christmas.  Well, I decided that the battle could…

A Tough One!

It was pointed out to me recently by a good friend, that I hadn’t posted on here for a while!  For the purposes of this post I shall call this friend Coriander. I realised that Coriander was correct I hadn’t and it took me a moment to think about why not.  Well, some of you…

A wonderful Surprise

This week I was treated to a wonderful surprise from a dear friend.  A Jar of Marmalade. It was her first attempt at making marmalade, inspired by a gift she received for Christmas, I love the fact she decided to give me a jar.  I have to say, it had a lovely consistency, not too…

The Smell of Christmas

What sums up the smell of Christmas?  For me there are a lot of things.  Some typical, some not so typical.  Obviously the weeks (months) before December when you start making the Christmas cake.  The Brandy and fruit, mixed spices, combining to create a lovely dark rich cake.  Same goes for the Christmas Pudding Mix,…

The 3 T’s

So Christmas spirit has hit the Muddy Kitchen Floor as you may have guessed by our change in background, change in header and the new widget of snow falling.  If there was a way I could get a 3D sparkly Christmas tree on there I would!  I may experiment with soundcloud later to add some…

Just the One?

I know I don’t need to say this, especially to the UK readers, but you can tell it’s now the 6th November as all the Christmas Adverts have started in earnest!  I have to say, so far my favourite is the Marks & Spencers Advert, and no, sadly this is not a paid for post!…

Marzipan & Mincemeat Madness

Well, not exactly madness, in fact far from madness, an afternoon of pure Christmassy joy in the kitchen this afternoon. I’ve been looking at some Christmas recipes over the past few days, and had my own epiphany. I never realised how easy it was to make my own mincemeat AND marzipan. First for the mincemeat….