What News Pip Old Chap ?….
25th Dec 2016
…..Another departure from tradition at the Radical & Rene’s household.
We had porridge for breakfast on Christmas Eve and that was not until nearly 11am, because having slept in we were determined to take the regular constitutional, a walk in the park.
We are going to replace two doors and one frame plus 2 large casements windows in the Annexe and the Hemlock doors (with double glazed units) were kindly delivered from the suppliers and need our mahogany stain treatment.
Having rung round and searched the internet, I spotted a deal and as the firm had only one tin left, decided to get it there and then, which involved joining the traffic in gridlocked Lincoln.
After breakfast and some respite, Rene and I went to the local supermarket for the last of the Christmas shopping or so we thought…
Oysters ! and that must be a clue to our Christmas fayre.
Our friends are joining us for a meal on Boxing Day and it will be a fishy one.
Before that Christmas Day will be the “5 loaves and two small fishes” sort.
You see we were going to make fresh bread, in the night,
using our Bread making machine.
We do that at night to take advantage of the Economy 7 electric,
but the Supermarket was selling off fancy bread at 5p a throw.
So we took full advantage of not only that, but two fresh kippers for a £1
which I shall have for Christmas morning breakfast
after working up that appetite with another brisk walk.
No more food then until Christmas Dinner taken at about 6pm.
Fish again in the form of a whole Salmon
I saved from the fishmongers slab for a Fiver and froze !
The Court Bouillon is being prepared for the fish kettle
and we shall eat that hot today and cold on Boxing day with friends.
Rene will prepare the Scarborough Crab we bought on its Quayside
and the frozen Lobster bought locally.
So Salmon, Crab, Prawns and Lobster for Christmas day with the trimmings
plus Jasmine rice, and a hot Salmon Sauce,
with Christmas pud for afters of course with
runny Custard made with milk and cream,
and to finish off, a Cheese board if there is still room for it.
All washed down with our Chilean Sauvignon Blanc
and some Sparkling Rose also Chilean.
Oh I do wish Cuba would produce wines rather than Rum.
We could toast Fidel and the loyal Cuban’s.
I find Rum too sweet.
Just to finish off the Christmas Eve day, I made a Veg Soup with Chicken & Bacon
bits,but to cap it all, returned to the supermarket to pick up
a fully prepared 5.3 Kilo Fresh Farm Turkey for £9.99
and a large prepared 2.1 kg Duck for £4.49,
both went into the freezer for another day, possibly New Year ?
Nothing on the goggle box and pretty exhausted,
we turned in, early as usual, and I have risen to write
this and wish one and all seasons greetings, which I note is more than the
Morning Star Online editorial did in its Christmas Eve post,
even though it did post at 12mn
Still this website may keep readers interest
over the weekend until the Star’s Staff surface on Monday for Tuesday’s Edition
or as Tuesday is a Bank Holiday in lieu of Christmas Day being on a Sunday,
it may be Wednesday before we can read the late news.
And why not ? –
Monthly Pensions have been paid in early together with Monday’s pension
and with no bills or taxes until Jan 1st, there could be a little over for the Sales ?
Not necessarily for us – If the weather permits we will be staining timber
and saving for the home improvement bills.
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