It's up. New LED lights after I'd spent about an hour trying to unravel the old ones which had seen better days. The bauble theme was red, gold and green and my crochet angel adorns the top. Love the reflections in the windows.
The banister is bedecked as is ...
Still more to put up but Christmas has started in this house. Received our first Christmas card yesterday.
Yes, it's not the kitchen window again. This side is changing more often as it's a working area. Working on a couple of things here - more pasta and the Christmas cake.
The pasta is an 'again' as the first lot was easy and it's getting easier. I just did one egg and 4oz flour to make my dough and put it through the machine to make noodles. My veggie stir fry has lasted me 3 days (again and again and again) and so did the noodles.
Here's the tray with the ingredients for the cake. (Christmas is coming round again very quickly. ) The recipe is just a simple 12, 12, 12 combination with 2lbs of fruit and various spices.
This tray is now waiting for the fruit to be fed with whiskey, gin and rum. It's all smelling good and I think I'll keep feeding me the fruit for the next few days!
Since the kitchen was redecorated I've not put anything on the window sill so I don't damage or scratch the paint. There is only a hanging clay pot containing an 'odd' plant. So no Kitchen Window display now.
The decoration has now transferred to the wall opposite the kitchen window. The view underneath the cupboards is always changing as was the kitchen window view.
I've used white storage boxes in the cupboards for ease of accessing all the contents. Today I took down this box ...
to help me with the making of Mum's Savoury Mince.
There are many ways of making savoury mince - this is mine using onions, garlic, carrots, courgette, mushrooms, chopped tomatoes and of course - mince.
All the ingredients at the ready here with some additions of stock, Worcester sauce, oregano and gravy granules.
The mince, garlic and onions were fried up first and then added to a pan of tinned chopped tomatoes, stock, mushrooms etc.. This concoction was boiled and simmered for about 40 minutes along with the Worcester sauce and oregano. I don't add any extra salt or pepper but I did add a glug of soy sauce.
Here's the pot ready to start cooking.
The cooked savoury mince yielded quite a few portions and 2 large containers of it have been put in the freezer for another day. Today I had my savoury mince with boiled potatoes and tomorrow I'll spice it up more with a bit of chilli powder and flakes and serve it over rice.
The compost heap took care of the peelings and kitchen roll which was used to wipe out the wok.
Here's one in the kitchen on top of the wall cupboards.
Thinking of Christmas with this one. Bought some yarn from the CS and have started to knit a Christmas tree. I've saved some cardboard cones and thought I'd just wrap a triangle of silvery yarn around. May work.
Took a tour of one of our local theatres today as it is a Heritage weekend. The Grand is a beautiful small theatre in the heart of town. It was only a short tour but we got to see behind the scenes - the dressing rooms,
the Fly deck, where all the scenery and lighting is controlled ...
and the stage. Here's a view from the stage showing the 2 circles and the gods.
The ceiling and walls are very ornate.
On the stage was some memorabilia about Kenn Dodd.
The stage gave me instant vertigo as it slopes towards the orchestra pit.
Lots more information was displayed around the theatre itself.