Monday, 26 December 2016

Diary - Sunday 25th December 2016

The weather was very kind. Everything feels good when the sun shines.

There was no pressure at all today, even when the odd thing went wrong.

We got up and did the vegetables for tonight. Pauline had only one task for me - do something with red cabbage - so I Googled it and everyone agreed, you should all try this recipe.

Mulled red cabbage with clementines.


  • 4 clementine
  • 700g chunk red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 red onion, chopped
  • 200ml red wine vinegar
  • 140g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice


  1. Stud the whole clementine with the cloves and set aside.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a big saucepan or flameproof casserole. Cover and cook for 30 mins, then snuggle in the studded clementine, cover again and cook for 30 mins more until the cabbage is tender. Season and eat hot or at room temperature.
Truly gorgeous.

I fetched Rita round at mid day and we just rested this afternoon and watched a film. We heard that Helen, Dave and the girls were on their way up from seeing Ann in Wiltshire at 4.20pm, so expected them at 6.30. We got the turkey underway and the roast veg. Pauline checked after an hour and the veg were burnt to a crisp. But there was no panic. We just sorted out more veg and were ready with the bubbles when they got to us.

We opened a present each, then had this gorgeous meal, then more presents (and the odd drink) until midnight.

This turned out to be as good as Christmas as any. Only family members were missing.

Pauline, Helen, Megan, Rita




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