Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Selections - Christmas Prep

See if River, Jackie and Elephant's Child have come up with a Sunday Selection this week.

There is not much in the way of the first attempt at the christmas cake left now. In fact, it has gone. Apart from being a little black on top, it was very good.


We can't make our own mince pies in Australia and have to import them?


Well, if they were half as good as these ones from Waitrose, there wouldn't be an imbalance in trade. The sachet of Tangerine Sugar was a nice extra touch.


Mother gave us this silver plate cutlery about thirty years ago. She must had still have had some money then. It is years since it was used but we will need it for christmas day. I expected it to be more tarnished that it is. You used to be able to buy a product that you put in water and soak the silver in it but it does not seem to be obtainable now, so I will have to sit down with the Silvo and polishing clothes.


Our building's christmas tree, same as last year and the year before, and the year.......


I'm not sure if these candles in a neighbour's window are christmas related. Nice though.


The preparation of christmas cake number two. The fruit has been soaking in whiskey for a few days. More whiskey is ready to go into the cake.


The butter and sugar are creamed and the flour, spices and egg is ready to be added.


And ready for a cool oven for a long cook.



22 comments:

  1. I (finally) finished making the last of the christmas cakes yesterday. I will water them with rum or brandy each night until we either give them away or eat them. Yours looks good.

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    1. EC, one year I made small ones and gave them as extra gifts, but I don't think anyone appreciated them, so I never did it again. I hope your are appreciated.

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  2. I've never taken to fruit cake or mince pies so Christmas is one of the few times of the year I can show some discipline when confronted with offers of cake.

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    1. You can resist the resistible Victor. Bakery mince pies were disappointing this year. Cheaper ones from the supermarket were better.

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  3. I'm the same as Victor.

    Glad you and R are nevertheless able to eat the 'failed' attempts.

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    1. Ad Rad, I bet you like lemon meringue pie though.

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  4. For a few years after I was first married I made some horrible cakes for christmas now I just buy one.
    Merle....................

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    1. Merle, it seems we import a lot of christmas cakes from New Zealand.

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  5. Heston's mince pies from Waitrose. How very upmarket! Were these a gift from the UK?

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    1. Fun60, they were briefly available in one of our supermarkets, as they were last year. I just checked and they were nearly double the price of the supermarket home brand, but in my opinion, were worth it. I wouldn't mind another box. How far is it to your nearest Waitrose? Would it get here for christmas, haha.

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    2. It is about one mile down the road. What a pity you didn't mention it earlier.

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    3. Express air mail Fun60!!! Actually, we have upmarket places where I am sure one can readily buy them, or similar.

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  6. I love mince pies and buy a box every year as a pressie to myself. You can only buy Walkers pies here and they are very expensive but it's worth it for the festive cheer.

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    1. Wombat, Walkers is an English brand? We know what to send you next christmas.

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  7. Nice to see a few cake-in-the-making photos. I bought a new square tin myself this year, although I don't make Christmas cakes, because nobody likes them except me, so I've made a chocolate cake with jam and cream filling, which is now sliced and in the freezer. I'm putting off making my mince pies until I get back from my mini holiday.
    The Christmas tree looks very pretty.
    My silverware consists of two teaspoons, used daily so no polishing required.

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    1. River, I should have taken more photos, like when I lifted the mixer from the bowl when it was on high speed. I'll cut off a chunk of the new cake and post it to you if it is any good.

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  8. Its really nice to see this sort of preparation. My old tree is up but the decos not on yet...Nativity scene is there - Mum always had one...but at my youngest's house is where Chrissie will be and that is decorated to the max - nice to see...Two of ours are Gluten Intolerant so the hristmas cake and other I have bought from the Gluten free supermarket at Werribee...we've always been a Prawns, Ham, and Chicken salad lot because of the heat I guess inland where we grew up = no Prawns in those days inland though - an whiskey left - some spell Whiskey with an E the Scots drop the E - was said by the Irish they were two mean to leave it in...

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    1. MC, gluten free supermarket in Werribee? I am surprised. Yes, hot food is not great in the Australian heat. I just knew I should have checked the whisky spelling. I knew the correct spellings in the past but I have forgotten now. Lol at the mean Scots.

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  9. My cakes have one more brandy bath to go before Christmas - if they last that long!!! Who knew Christmas food could be such a minefield!!! Can you no longer buy Goddard's Silver Dip?? That made cleaning silver almost fun!!

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    1. Cakes plural Red? Goddards! I had so forgotten the name. You must be older than 39 that I guessed as your age.

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  10. I want some of that Christmas cake!! And your building's Christmas Tree is quite beautiful.

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    1. Too late Keith. We are not a couple who believes in moderation. The tree could be described as department store beautiful.

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