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Saturday, 10 November 2012


~ My Christmas cake is in the oven. I toyed with the idea of making something a bit different this year. Then I thought that as it has been a whole year since we last ate Christmas cake we didn't really need anything new. So Mary Berry it was.




~ I can't stop taking pictures of the berries in my neighbour's front garden. Here they are bejewelled with raindrops.


~ I took the opportunity of George's absence to make my favourite soup - tuna, sweetcorn and cheese chowder. George despises tuna.

It's a recipe that has its origins in a recipe from The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. It's easy to make. Melt a lump of butter in a pot and fry gently a chopped onion and  a celery stick (I use my veg hash) until soft. Stir in some spices if liked (I use smoked paprika), then add a heaped tablespoon of flour, stir to make a paste. Gradually stir in about 15 fl oz of stock. Add two grated carrots and a drained tin of tuna. Stir to break up the tuna. Add about 15 fl oz of milk, about 2 handfuls of sweetcorn and the same of grated cheese. Simmer all for about 20 mins. Season and serve.

~ I am always surprised how much the absence of one of my children changes the family dynamic. George's absence somehow brings Tom and Katie closer together. They are much more tolerant of each other than George is of either of them (but especially of Katie) so much so that I was quite happy to leave Katie under Tom's charge while we went to the cinema last night. Happier than I would have been leaving George in charge.

~ Skyfall is just fantastic. Everything about it was perfect; Adele's theme song, the spectacular action sequences, the great visuals, superb acting, plot twists and turns, witty one-liners, some great surprises for the Bond fan. Daniel Craig is the best Bond and Sam Mendes has made the best Bond film.

~   The Compound Word Project is a bloggy party game which Ali of Domestcali is hosting. She's hoping it will help put new life into the blogging community. Do have a look, I think it is going to be great fun.

20 comments:

  1. Ah yes, Skyfall and the gloriousness that is Mr Craig - he's rapidly becoming my favourite Bond too.

    Thanks for the project shout out!

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  2. The aroma in your kitchen must be delightful..!

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  3. Hi Sue, I'm doing Mary Berry's Christmas cake this year too, instead of my usual Delia Smith recipe! I'll be able to compare! I love the berries with raindrops - it's still raining here too! Sandra

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  4. Ooh off to see Skyfall this evening, hope its better than the last two films which I disliked.

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    1. I liked Casino Royale, but Quantum of Solace was not very good.

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  5. Love The Tightwad Gazette. I thought I was the only one who knew about it. And yes, having one child gone does change the family dynamic. My son is away at university this year, and so my daughter is now an "only child." She hates it.

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  6. I took my two teenage daughters to see Skyfall last week. It was the first time I'd ever been to the cinema to see a Bond film, and I agree it was very good.

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  7. Anonymous8:04 pm GMT

    You should be making jelly with those berries!! I've made pots and pots of Hawthorn Jelly today. Delish!!

    Sue

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    1. I'm not sure what they are but they aren't hawthorn Sue. Haw jelly is something I've been meaning to do one day -I'm pretty sure there's a recipe in Food In England.

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  8. The boys here are off to the cinema to see Skyfall on Monday ... I will be at home on whippet watch, but I'm hoping to catch it while it's on the big screen.

    The soup sounds delicious ... the kind of thing my lot love!

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  9. Mmmm, nice soup. November is just perfect for soup, isn't it?

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    1. Lizzie, thank you so much for your comment, I do appreciate it. I hope you'll understand why I have deleted it -not everyone has seen Skyfall yet!

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  11. I'm hoping that No2 will deign to accompany me to the cinema this week for a dose of Mr Bond. He's seen it with his mates and loved it.

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  12. The soup sounds really delicious - have never liked the thought of 'hot' tuna (horrid memories of really nasty tuna pasta bakes -yuk!) but this recipe is mouth watering. Thanks. For once I've actually got every single ingredient in the kitchen so no excuse!

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  13. Ella Rook, a Dutch girl in Iowa12:38 am GMT

    Me being a silly Dutch-American girl will be making that scrumptious looking Christmas-cake of your to. I have the fruits soaking in Brandy but now I was wondering how much I have to drizzle over the cake every week, a couple of drips, a cup, half a bottle, can you give me an idea before I dont put enough on it or heaven forbid, booze up the whole family around Xmas time? (might not be a bad Idea) Thank you soo much!!!

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    1. Good question Ella! I don't measure it but it is around 2 or 3 tablespoons of brandy -this makes it very moist. You can of course use less but I wouldn't use more! I don't use an expensive brandy. you could use rum instead if you like.

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  14. Ella Rook, a Dutch girl in Iowa4:41 pm GMT

    Thank you so much Sue, Ill use Brandy this time. I already bought a (cheap) bottle to make "advocaat" a typical Dutch, creamy, boozy goodness that is delicious over vanilla icecream.

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  15. I'm with you on the Christmas cake. I feel the same way about turkey - always consider doing something else and then remember that a) I really love turkey and b) for some reason we never eat it at any other time of year. I usually make a Delia but have enjoyed MB so much this autumn I feel tempted to shift my allegiance.

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  16. Just made your chowder recipe for my lunch. It was so good! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm not a huge lover of tuna but this was lovely!!

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