So, how's this....?
Any better....? I don't know why I can't get a good picture of a Christmas tree. Although it's laden down, it actually looks really sparse on these pictures! Ho hum... I won't bore you with 'the drama of the christmas lights'. Suffice to say, not long after I took these pictures, they went out. We had to run out and buy another set just to drape over the tree until twelfth night when I can remove offending lights and local garden centre will be on the receiving end of the wrath of Deb. This is the second year in a row this has happened!
These two I just adore!
This is one of several Russian ones from ebay...
This fairy is a recent find...
My favourite things of all...candles and clips. I have lit them...just for a second! They look amazing.
There are some very strange subjects for baubles....for instance, frogs...
And these...I made...yes ~ ME! I'm quite pleased with them...there's something very satisfying about hand sewing isn't there?
Unfortunately, I think the stockings will remain empty as I forgot about them until it was too late.
Never mind...there are presents under the tree and Mr.Gordon and his friend, 'tonic' have moved in, so that's me sorted. Oh, and a husband at home for nearly a fortnight. That's the best present of all.
The other thing that makes Christmas is a scrummy dinner. A question I get asked a lot is "what do you have at Christmas?" The answer is...(nearly) the same as everybody else....with this in place of the obvious. It's called 'not just a nut roast' which is a very uninspiring name for a recipe but you can blame the VegSoc for that as it's theirs. I make a lot of nut/mushroom/lentil roasts and I can definitely say this is the best. It's not something you would make every day but that's the point...you want something special at Christmas and this is it. It's full of lovely things that all combine to make for a delicious roast. It's certainly become a firm favourite in our house...and it's (fairly) easy although you do need a food processor. Enjoy!
Pre-heat the oven to 180/375/gas mark 5. Grease a 450g loaf tin. Line the base and ends with a single strip of baking paper, leaving an overhang at each end. This will help ease the roast out of the pan. Or use a silicone loaf tin and just grease it!
Using remaining oil if neccessary, turn up the heat and quickly fry the halloumi cheese until brown on both sides.
Remove from the pan, allow to cool and then cut into very small dice...about 1/2cm.
Grind the cashews with HALF the walnuts until powdery and add the breadcrumbs. Process the remining walnuts until finely chopped.
Press the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, with a slightly rounded top. Put into a bain-marie and bake for 40 minutes or until firm. Check after 30 minutes...if it appears to be browning too fast, cover with foil (I've never had this problem!)
When cooked, remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 10 - 20 minutes before turning out. Slice carefully using a sharp knife and wiping it after each cut.