It has been a hectic week of Christmas here on Walton's Mountain. Yes I know we have now stepped lightly into the month of March, but I am still firmly in December, the 25th to be precise.
The book continues and recipes are tried out every day. Made, photographed, sampled and tried again. Last week's sprouts have (thankfully) given way to jelly, mince pies and, wait for it, the biggy, the star of the show, the turkey.
Yes folks, I cooked the turkey this week and Idgy and I have been eating the damn thing every which way ever since. Even the cats are groaning at the sight of yet more left overs.
Notes on turkey;
Never cook a full sized turkey when there are only two of you in the house.
Turkey does not disappear with eating, it just gets bigger within the fridge.
You will gain nasty Nigella Lawson habits of creeping in and out of kitchen at night and standing bathed in the romantic glow of the fridge finding yourself spreading mayonnaise on yet another slice of turkey.
There is no such thing as a fresh approach to left overs, whatever you do it's still bloody turkey.
Wrapping daughter's turkey sandwiches in a paper hat with a cracker joke tucked inside is funny on day one, but even she won't laugh by day three.
When you start dreaming of rows of golden turkeys roasting in the sun on a tropical beach – that's it, you've lost the plot!
I have lost the plot dear reader, I have lost the plot…….
Why the photos of clementines. Well it is the same clementine in both photos. This demonstrates one of two things;
1. I am the worlds laziest home keeper and leave fruit lying around on the window ledge since before Christmas.
2. I am an artist at heart and see the aging of the fruit as a thing of beauty to be treasured and cherished.
Go on, guess which one I'm plumping for! Hey I like that clementine, it may be wizened and shrunken and not quite the juicy beauty it once was, but it smells great and makes a good air freshener.
So my two weeks of Christmas cookery are over. Today I shall make cocktails, what fun, I will think of you all as I raise a glass at the end of the photo shoot and drink the props.
Have a great weekend.