I spent the best part of the day in the kitchen yesterday, one of my favourite places to be. I had Christmas carols and songs playing in the background which made for a great seasonal experience. The pandemic has made us rethink what is important at this time of year and to this end Christmas has been toned down considerably. Food will still play an important role so I made a start and enjoyed the process.
Mince pies, sausage rolls and cranberry and walnut scones.
All ready for the freezer to be pulled out when needed. I also mixed up some cookie dough ready to pull out when we want it.
I went on to make some mini meat loaves, two of which were used for our dinner last night. They were so tasty and it is a comfort to know that there are more in the freezer.
We had the meatloaf with root vegetable mash, (carrot/swede/parsnip/potato) and kale, it was so tasty.
It is the time of year for hot chocolate so I made some hot chocolate spoons, another one of our traditions. It is so nice to be a little decadent at this time of year.
Some topped with mini marchmallows, some with crushed candy cane. I enjoy both...
Whilst the chocolate was out I made some little chocolate gingerbread men and candy canes to use as toppers either for some cupcakes or to use to add to the gingerbread house. Another tradition, usually made on Christmas eve.
My apologies for the quality of the photos but I think you get the idea of it. I also had the bread maker going to use a packet bread mix I had in that was nearing its best before date. We don't usually eat much white bread but it was all I could get when we were in lockdown earlier in the year.
Have you made a start on your baking or do you prefer to buy it all? There are some great bakeries about I do wonder if it is worth all the effort, but I do enjoy the process.
Thank you all for your visit to the blog and your uplifting comments. Take care and stay safe.
See you soon.