Sunday, December 31, 2006

Cooking in the wee small hours

We're back home again too (see this post by Kim) and have also had a lovely family Christmas. We went to York to stay with Jase's parents, as did my parents. This meant that the whole family was together at Christmas time; Lauren loved having all the attention from both sets of Grandparents!

We had our now traditional goose again on Christmas Day, which we get directly from the producer. As always, it was a absolutely superb goose. On the day, I roasted it with a forcemeat stuffing and an apricot and chestnut stuffing, with all the trimmings. It was a huge success, and very little was left over.

Lauren received a mountain of presents, which she is continuing to enjoy. She opened them with a look of wonderment on the day, which was a joy to behold! She especially loved the animal farm, her fairy boot house and all the books with sounds that she received. We also received a number of lovely presents (I was especially excited with this parcel!).

Over the Christmas period, my brother Hubert and his fiancee Bonnie got married in a civil ceremony in Chicago. They aren't counting this as the actual wedding but are having a proper church wedding in 2008. We are all thrilled for them and looking forward to the big bash. We can't wait to see the photos from their day!

After we left York, we travelled to Northampton to see Pradeep, whom we haven't seen for months. It was his birthday, and we were invited to dinner by his lovely parents. Pradeep's mum cooked us an amazing meal and we finally got to meet Pradeep's sister Angela (we've known Pradeep for 12 years and never met her before, despite meeting all the rest of his family!). Lauren had an absolutely amazing time playing with Pradeep's two lovely nieces. They were really excited to meet the "baby" and she got spoilt by two big sisters for the evening. Everyone had an amazing time!!

Pradeep is now staying with us in London over New Year; we're having a great time catching up. If you're wondering about the strange title of this post, I'm finally getting around to explaining it.

Tomorrow, we have invited James, Alex, Julian and Sally to lunch and here I am at 02:00 cooking the main course because it looks like we will be tight for time. Hope they realise the amount of sweat and tears involved!

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