I watched Nigella's Christmas programme after work last night, she wafted around her kitchen, licking her fingers and looking every inch the 'Domestic Goddess', her kitchen sparkled with twinkly lights and it looked warm and cosy. Tomorrow, I thought, I will get up and make the mince pies!
I read some of the lovely blogs around and marvel at the amazing stuff they produce and get inspired....
However, I didn't meet Nigella's standard really...for a start it was cold as I had the back door open because I was making pastry and a good cook once told me to always make pastry with the back door open to keep it cool.
I switched the radio on and Radio 2 obligingly played Christmas music to keep me in the Christmas Spirit, I started off listening to Terry Wogan and was still there right through Ken Bruce and into Jeremy Vine's programme (for those of you outside the UK thats about 3-4 hours).
There was so much flour around that it looks like a snow scene in the kitchen and Wrecks the dog has turned into a Chow! I always say my daughter doesn't cook, she explodes...well that's me today!
The mincemeat I had made a few weeks ago was to be frank ,dry and would have held shelves up on the wall it was so tacky...why didn't I buy it?
The whiteish pies in this picture have crumble topping on them, they are for puddings. Nigella said she couldn't understand why anyone would go shopping when there is so much pleasure in cooking at home...at the moment shopping sounds quite attractive...or going to work (that was a joke Lindsay!!!)
Well I'm off to buy a few edible pies from Waitrose..see you!
p.s. My best friend has just popped in and done a road test on the pies, I say she's my "best" friend because she's close enough to always be honest and tell me if they are rubbish! She says they are OK but she doesn't fancy the crumble topped ones!
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