Cowart's Common Room
What was I thinking?

A week ago I thought it might be a good idea to have a Mid-winter Christmas for the family. Well past middle of winter I know, but we had a lovely mild, dry June, then July descended into freezing cold with incessant rains and grey skies, and August has only brought more of the same, so....

I have the dining room all decorated - even a small tree up, fairly lights twinkling, the fire ready to light. Thankfully I had leftover Christmas crackers and a luxury pud that is so full of cognac it will have only improved! Yesterday I snaffled 2 packs of cherry mince pies, and oh joy! a tin of Birds custard powder - impossible to get normally here!

2 bottles of bubbles, 2 of mulled wine - tick! Little sausages wrapped with bacon - in the oven. Stuffing - half done. Gravy - done. Two lovely free range chickens - cooked last night and ready to carve. I was up at 7am - The Fox is still snoozing with the cat on top, time for me to have an extra cuppa and polish off the leftover streaky bacon, methinks!

Posted at 4th Aug 2012 - 09:32PM   Posted by Cowgirl   What was I thinking? Comments: 8

Camilla's Avatar Hi Cowgirl, you have been busy...... have a lovely time with your family, will there be presents under the tree too? can hardly believe Christmas will only be 4 months away, we have not had a very good summer this year, we have had rain since April apart from a hot week in March and very hot last week, already it feels autumnal.

Happy Feasting.!

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Aug 2012 at 12:05AM

Blackbird's Avatar Why not another Christmas? even without presentsVery Happy There are benefits to foodie treats, extra lights and glitter- enjoy!

Posted by: Blackbird on 5th Aug 2012 at 05:12AM

Fennie's Avatar Yes, enjoy your mid-winter feast! Amid the dark and the snow and the south winds that come hurling off the mountains, though I really have no idea of where you live in NZ of which my knowledge goes not much further than Rose Tremain's lovely book 'The Colour.' Trust you don't live in a Cob House.
As for Custard. No doubt it can be sent by post. Just ask - we could all take turns to send you a tin. I will volunteer to start!

Posted by: Fennie on 5th Aug 2012 at 08:07AM

Withy Brook's Avatar What a good idea, Fennie, I'll do the next one!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 5th Aug 2012 at 09:22AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I hate to spoil a good and generous idea but you can get Birds Custard Powder in NZ. There is an online company HERE that supplies it and many other British food products. The postage will surely be cheaper than sending stuff from the UK.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 5th Aug 2012 at 10:44AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Westerwitch on 5th Aug 2012 at 10:48AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Merry Christmas Everyone!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 5th Aug 2012 at 11:41AM

Cowgirl's Avatar Ah, aren't you lot nice? Thank you for the kind offer of sending emergency Birds Custard, but as Rosie says there are a couple of UK food shops in Auckland, plus occassionally things turn up in the supermarket as did our Birds this time - it was Yummmm and so easy to make! xx

Posted by: Cowgirl on 5th Aug 2012 at 10:55PM

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