It’s Christmas Eve and I am tuckered out! I have, due to severe procrastination, left everything to be done today. I have seen nothing but the four walls of my kitchen and that of the oven for the last 12 hours. Thank God for my mother being here! But I did it! Everything on the list is crossed out.
Santa has mince pies and smarties laid out, to be washed down with a glass of skimmed milk. The reindeers have carrots and apples at the ready. The kids are bundled in bed, dizzy with excitement. I am afraid its going to be a five am wake up call. I can take a break before I have to finish off the last of the present wrapping and card writing ( did I mention the procrastination?) and write to you.
I am munching on Nigella’s Chocolate Christmas Cake at the moment, in the quiet of my study. This cake divides people, which might not be the most suitable effect, but for those who love it, like myself, it’s irreplaceable. Unashamedly decadent and fruit heavy, with just enough flour to hold the fruit in place, this is a rich, damp, squidgy, thick bite of fruity lusciousness. The orange scent of it is deliciously tempting, as is the faint undercurrent of chocolate and coffee. Christmas would not be complete without it. I decorated it in a style which I plagiarised off someone else’s unique, creative design but cannot seem to find the link again. So if you know who has decorated it in this ribbon Christmas tree design, I would love to know so as to give credit.
And…I just wanted to say, that the last six months since I have started the blog, has been an experience of real, deep personal satisfaction. So much of that has to do with the support, encouragement and correction of people who care about me and whom I care for. They are some of the best, most positive, genuine, optimistic, inspiring people out there. Who, most importantly, are not afraid of telling me where I am going wrong. Not a quality to be underestimated. I am part of a fantastic online food community and these folk have seen all the kitchen triumphs and soothed away the disasters. Twinks has been with me through every post, correcting all my ill placed semi colons and telling me off when I’m being long-winded. She inspires me to deliver my best for each post and I hope I am improving along the way. At any rate, she won’t let me get worse!
Also to every subscriber and follower, you cannot imagine how encouraging it is, to see you willing to receive my rambling posts in your mailbox. Your company and your comments have kept things fresh and exciting for me and I am grateful that you feel I have enough to offer to make you come back and take another look.
So…Merry Christmas and a happy new year, to all who partake of The Patterned Plate. I am humbled. Wherever you are, I hope you have love, warmth and of course, good food around you. Enjoy!