Thursday, 17 December 2020

Kate's Friday Photo hunt - December 2020

Well here we are - the last Friday before Christmas.  In spite of this being such a strange, tragic year it seems to have flown by.  Maybe subconsciously we have been trying to get to the end of it in the hope that 2021 will be better.  

I have entered more than one tree - bit of a cheat really but I have connections to both of them.  The first is the tree in All Saints Church at Earby where you may recognise quite a few of my paper angels.   The second is our own little table top tree.  We decided to down size our tree and passed our large 6ft one on to Youngest to use in his digs at Uni.  We now have a neat little one, much easier to decorate and store.  It is all silver this year which has made it hard to photograph, so forgive the rather fuzzy picture.  

We have also made a large star to hang in our window this year.  It shows well from the road so we are pleased with it.  Only problem is the lights show up in triplicate in our double glazed window.  

Couldn't resist taking this picture with the lovely sky behind the star.


This year Christmas will be very different.  Instead of all the family coming here for Christmas Dinner we are having dinner for just the two of us whilst Kate and her family will be at  home and our son and his wife will be in Scotland and we will hopefully all be connected by Zoom.  Should be interesting!!   

So here is wishing you all a very Merry and safe (and if like us a Zoomy) Christmas and best wishes for a better 2021. XX


Thursday, 10 December 2020

Kate's Christmas Friday Photo Hunt.


This the second Friday and in each case I have left it so late.  I have been so busy with one thing or another - mainly computer stuff that I have not done any baking this week.  I must admit too that I seldom do any baking - as it is only B and I and we try and avoid  yummy treats.   So I have had a quick look back at some of my previous entries and pinched this from a few years ago.  Sorry, cheating I 'm sure.  

I  have my friend Threads through my life to thank for even remembering to do this entry.  She checks up on me and reminds me all the time.  

With so many recipes to chose from I have selected a traditional South African pudding or teatime treat - Melk Tert, which translates as Milk Tart.  It is quite different to the English custard tart and much easier to make as it does not have to set in the oven, you make it like custard, in a saucepan.  You can be good and make a short pastry pre baked case but I cheat and buy them ready made from the supermarket.  

MELK  TERT   (Makes 2 x 8"  tarts)

4 rounded tablespoons flour                          l cup sugar
4 level tablespoons cornflour                        3 eggs
l litre milk                                                       3 tablespoons butter
Cinnamon sticks (Optional)                           Pinch salt.  
Ground cinnamon                                          2 Baked pastry shells

Sift and mix together dry ingredients. Add eggs, beating well. Add a little milk and mix till smooth. Boil together remaining milk, salt, cinnamon sticks (or pinch of cinnamon) and butter. Add hot milk to flour mixture and return to saucepan and cook slowly till thick. Pour into baked pastry shell and sprinkle with cinnamon. 

Thursday, 3 December 2020

December Weekly picture hunt. 2020


Kate's idea of a single topic each Friday up till Christmas is a good one - something different for this very different Christmas. 


The first is of a group of decorations wired together.  The two white bells are from 1960 but the yellow bell is very much older. It is of brittle plastic and is from 1949. We had more and they were considered very modern -plastic, not glass!!  The three have a tiny bit of tinsel wrapped around, it has tarnished and shrivelled with age but still very special to me

I could not choose which to select so have cheated and entered two. My second is of one of my favourite Christmas tree ornaments.  My parents bought it in 1959, the year we moved to what was Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, from Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, (now Zambia) and we were amazed to see such lovely things in the shops.  Lusaka only had one main street with shops on one side only except for the library and a record shop was newly built on the other side. In this picture our glass snowman is a bit the worse for wear but I have since blackened his hat.  He gets wrapped up very carefully and packed away each year.

 Now to see what everyone else has found for this topic.  See you next week with our pictures of baking.