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Monday, 22 December 2008

Up to Mischief!!

I had to add this.....I think I may be in for a busy time this Christmas!


Friday, 19 December 2008

Christmas Girls!


Wow!

I just got emailed this photo from my brother, it's of my daughter a few days before she had the twins with my niece in law. How big is that lump?!


Christmas Mincemeat

This year I have used different recipe's for both the pastry and mince meat. I added orange juice in place of water in the pastry and used a cooked recipe for the mincemeat without the use of suet...and they are delicious








Ingredients

1.3kg(3lbs) cooking apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
Juice and zest of 1 orange & 1 lemon
600ml(1pint) of medium sweet cider or apple juice
450g(1lb) brown sugar
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg
450g(1lb) each of raisins & currants
225g(8oz) galce cherries, halved

Method
Put apples, juices, zest and cider in a large pan and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins
Stir in sugar, spices and dreid fruit (not cherries). When sugar has dissolved, simmer for a further 15 mins

Remove from heat and stir in cherries, cool and pack into jars and cover

Preparing for Christmas

This is the little pram we have bought for the twins, I have made this little quilt to go in it.