From Too Many Chefs -

December 24, 2008
Merry Christmas 2008!


Where has December gone? The boys and I took a flying (literally) trip to Chicago at the beginning of the month to see my family and since then I've been playing catch up with the laundry, cleaning, decorating and shopping. And now the Critic and his sons are off fetching my mother-in-law from Kent and I'm frantically trying to clean, cook and wrap presents simultaneously. I also need to make tomorrow's Christmas pudding. If you have never tasted an English Christmas pudding, you are missing out on one of the season's greatest treats. The recipe I adapted from a Nigel Slater recipe is straightforward and just about foolproof. The most difficult part is steaming it for over three hours - but while you do, the house will smell so tantalizingly Christmas-y that you'll want to faint. Seriously. In addition to the pudding, you might want to throw together a batch of creamy eggnog, heavy on the cognac to help ease the pain this evening while you try to put together the three million and one pieces in the Playmobil Circus your eldest son is receiving from Santa. (Better tonight than tomorrow morning amidst all the chaos of wrapping paper and Christmas breakfast!) Or you might prefer a hot buttered rum? Barrett's recipe will fit the bill perfectly. Or better still, his Glgg recipe, which puts my rather basic mulled wine (wine, sugar, cinnamon sticks, oranges stuck with cloves, star anise, nutmeg) to shame.

Goodness, I'm feeling less stressed already.

Merry Christmas everyone! Have a cookie - you deserve one! ;-)

Posted by Meg in Sussex at December 24, 2008 8:39 AM

Meg: Glad you got to hit Chicago, and hope you had some caramel corn for me. We miss you in Paris, but I'm sure you're having a proper English Christmas across the channel, along with plenty of puddings and the like. xo dl

Posted by David on December 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Personally, I hate Christmas cake and pudding and mince pies but Brigitte loves them! She's not keen on turkey, though, so I have to beg each year for it.

Joyeux Nol!

Posted by Dumdad on December 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Wish you merry christmas and happy new year

Posted by joy antony on December 27, 2008 at 12:03 PM

I came across Barrett's recipe, Its wonderful. Looking to try out this one.


Posted by American Chef on January 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM