Monday morning countdown 34 days to you know what!!!
Good morning all I don't know if you have seen the film "Groundhog Day" but that is just how it feels here at the moment I seem to be on an endless treadmill. Endless days that seem to be all the same with little or no variation to break the monotony. I suppose it is just the waiting which makes it feel that way. I have endless patience to do fiddly little things but when it comes to waiting for things I have zero patience. If I am waiting for someone to arrive I pace like a caged tiger.
Mark the gardener was due today but it is pouring with rain at the moment so I am not sure if he will come it is a bit pointless gardening in the rain. I am going to roast a chicken for lunch today so first things first I had better get it out of the fridge to get to room temperature. It is quite surprising how long it takes for a lump of meat to warm up from the fridge. The chicken will as usual be roasted in the halogen oven as I have yet to find a better or quicker way. As the oven was on yesterday doing the dauphinoise I also put in some sweet potato wedges and when I turned the oven off I put in a tray of cherry tomatoes ready to make another pizza hedgehog. Seeing Joy doing all sorts of christmas things I must admit it is time I put my mind to making a few preparations. I like to do things like the gravy, bread sauce, pigs in blankets and stuffing in advance and put them in the freezer so I am largely left with just the bird and the veg to do on christmas day. Talking of veg my box this week has the following contents.
- potatoes (desiree) UK
- carrots (Norwich) UK
- leeks (+20% extra) UK
- parsnips UK
- savoy cabbage UK
- ramiro pepper UK/ES
- chestnut mushrooms 200g UK
- butternut squash FR
I think a leek and potato soup is on the cards especially as I will have the stock from the chicken carcass. While the chicken is roasting I usually prepare a pot for the stock with the usual suspects carrot, onion, celery and a bay leaf or two. I also spotted a nice recipe for savoy cabbage braised with pancetta which sounds rather nice.
Well it has finally stopped raining and the light has made it over the trees and I can hear the laundry calling to me!!!!
Have a good day all whatever you have planned......