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Been in the spirit(s) all week. Port, sherry and brandy. Just for Christmas cooking reasons obviously ;)

Off on a father Christmas steam train trip this afternoon. Merry Christmas one and all

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Left work on thursday and traffic was awful. A journey that normally takes me 15 minutes ended up taking 45. sitting in stationary traffic in Teddington and not moved an inch in 10 minutes.

Got a tap on my window and some nice old fellow said " Have one of these mate".. holding a plate of Mince pies.. How very bloody nice and I took one and thanked him.

He and his wife (I think) decided to come out of their shop and offer all the grumpy drivers a bit of festive cheer...

Unexpected and tasty and defintely made my week :)

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Left work on thursday and traffic was awful. A journey that normally takes me 15 minutes ended up taking 45. sitting in stationary traffic in Teddington and not moved an inch in 10 minutes.

Got a tap on my window and some nice old fellow said " Have one of these mate".. holding a plate of Mince pies.. How very bloody nice and I took one and thanked him.

He and his wife (I think) decided to come out of their shop and offer all the grumpy drivers a bit of festive cheer...

Unexpected and tasty and defintely made my week :)

...that is what life is all about, the people that consider others and gain pleasure in cheering them up.

It's the little things that count. ;)

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Trying out roasted sprouts today in prep for the big day. Turkey ordered from the farm a few weeks ago. Can't believe the price of the things but it is Christmas.

Not sure if this is a good or a bad thing but the wife does Christmas according to the gospel of St Nigella

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Trying out roasted sprouts today in prep for the big day. Turkey ordered from the farm a few weeks ago. Can't believe the price of the things but it is Christmas.

Not sure if this is a good or a bad thing but the wife does Christmas according to the gospel of St Nigella

Gospel of St Nigella is a Good Thing, definitely - especially if it's the instructions from the book "Feast" - the turkey has always come out well (I don't do the brining thing, as I buy a good turkey - the higher heat than usually recommended works wonders - although having a giant bird like that upside down for a bit means it's not very stable - every now a fat pocket bursts, and the leg of the turkey knocks on the oven door like it wants to get out - a tad disconcerting....), and the ham in Cherry coke is good too... as are all the side offerings. Her easy action christmas cake (with the chestnut puree in) is a thing of joy too.

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Trying out roasted sprouts today in prep for the big day. Turkey ordered from the farm a few weeks ago. Can't believe the price of the things but it is Christmas.

Not sure if this is a good or a bad thing but the wife does Christmas according to the gospel of St Nigella

No matter how hard I try, I can't convince my mother that putting it on a 'low heat', whilst she's at church, is a waste of a decent turkey.

I've even shown her that the gospel of St Nigella results in a plump juicy bird, but the lady's not for turning.

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Someone gave me some mulled wine this weekend. I actually felt vaguely Christmassy. It was nice.

If anyone lives near enough to Kingston in Surrey. Head for market square and the German market. Very festive.. Food stalls, beer/mulled wine, sweets, music. glorious smells from the German sausage/sauerkraut and food stalls. Quality time with the family. I had roasted Chestnuts for the first time. Wife used to bang on about eating them as a kid when taken to see the lights in Oxford street. Like eating Conkers :lol: but added to the fun of it all.

Well worth it .

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Someone gave me some mulled wine this weekend. I actually felt vaguely Christmassy. It was nice.

Yum. I wanted to make some yesterday but didn't have all the bits and pieces.

Mr B bought some mince pies on Saturday. Don't really like starting on M pies till 1st Dec. but had one anyway - not very nice, far too much thick pastry. Will make some on Weds. (Very thin pastry, loads of filling. :) )

Shall then do some Chr. cards with Classic FM on (lots of carols on Classic) a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or two. Though I did most of the far-flung Chr. cards yesterday. Doing any in Nov. is a record for moi so I is feeling pretty smug innit.

What made me feel Christmassy yesterday morning was catching a carol (advent hymn?) on R4. 'O come O come Emmanuel...' At school we always used to sing it at the beginning of Advent - it meant Christmas Is Coming! - so v exciting at that age.

But I still love Christmas. Have to curb it at work, though, since all my colleagues* seem to loathe it. :(

Edit: *meezerable s*ds, though otherwise I do like them.

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Someone gave me some mulled wine this weekend. I actually felt vaguely Christmassy. It was nice.

I'm rather partial to the odd glass of mulled cider - it's a bit lighter, and so you can manage more of it... either use the mulled wine bags, or make your own mix with cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger etc... chuck in a slosh of brandy/ginger wine/any other spirit you fancy if you want an extra kick. Give the kids mulled apple juice and they think they're oh-so grown up!

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Gluhwein from your favourite German discount supermarket does the job nicely too.

*hick*

And the wife has spent all afternoon baking Pepparkakor.

happy days

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More pepparkakor biscuits, first batch of mince pies, nigella's puddinis, xmas pudding all made and a little enjoyed along the way

*hic*

2 weeks and counting

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