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Thursday, 29 December 2011
Christmas day presents and pudding
Christmas breakfast at home and a drive to my parents place for lunch. Before lunch we opened presents.
My most vexing Christmas present was a DVD of The Trip (the Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden show). I bought it for E about a week before the ABC announced they would be screening it just before Christmas. I then forgot to wrap it and remembered it on Boxing Day. Fortunately E had checked the TV guides when he had considered buying it for me or we would have two copies! The most unexpected experience was sending presents on the same day - one package got to Edinburgh Scotland in half the time it took another package to get to Orange NSW!
nut roast with cranberry sauce, roast veg and peas. Dessert was Christmas pudding with custard as is traditional. Plus pavlova and caramel tart for the non-traditionalists. I made the pudding using a recipe I have been making for a few years. Each year I learn more about making it and this year was no exception.
Last year my crust was too thick. So I eased off on the flour this year.
I didn't put the cloth in the washing machine to wring it out - instead I hung it on the line until it started raining. I sifted flour onto the cloth and sprayed it with water to make sure it kept on the cloth. I took the cloth off the pudding about 2 hours after it was cooked but it still stuck to the cloth. However I was pleased that far less pudding was left on the cloth than in previous years.
The pudding flavours were intense with fruit and booze but it was a very soft one, even with my mum leaving it to dry out in the oven a little before serving it. It is so rich that it really is only a once a year pudding. Meanwhile the search for the perfect pudding crust continues.
Nintendo DS. Maddy played with her new claymation film set and my dad was digging out his old records for his new turntable. He found some old 78s, including the one I put on the stereo below which used to belong to his father. In the evening we watched the Queens Speech and a Noel Coward telemovie, Easy Virtue.
the Adventures of Tintin at the cinema. The film was good fun and a joy to look at with its stunning scenery and retro 1930s period details. We then caught up with my aunts and uncles at my parents place. Lunch was a buffet of leftovers, salads and lots of desserts - summer pudding, panforte, caramel tart, jelly slice, doughnut biscuits and fruit.
We finally got home that evening to find that hail storms had passed by our place on Christmas Night and left holes in the cubby hut roof. Just as well Santa missed the storms.
On the Stereo:
"I'm looking for a Sweetheart" sung by Miss May Loveday and Mr Ernest Pike with orchestral accompaniment (on a Zonophone record)