Sunday, December 22, 2013

Armageddon In The Kitchen

Hi folks...there's no getting away from it now...Christmas is coming whether we like it or not...the Christmas Menu has taken over my life...the cubbyhole's closed for the foreseeable future and the crafty crew have now taken up residence in the kitchen...
The roast beef...ham...meat loaves and turkey are all cooked...sliced with the help of my "can't live without" electric knife...the kitchen equivalent of a chain saw...the ham and meat loaves will be fine in the fridge but the beef and turkey are destined for the freezer until required...
meaning that I won't be spending most of Christmas and Boxing Day in the kitchen but the downside of the culinary marathon...the place looks like Armageddon...a scene of total kitchen gadget carnage and devastation. And if I was waiting for the dishwasher to wash rinse and dry after each prep session...I'd be here for days...so it's pull up my sleeves...fill the sink with hot soapy suds and get cracking...there's something really satisfying about doing washing up and it works wonders for the "usually mucky" crafty nails...so here I go again for the fourth time...crikey those nails are going to be sparkling...
And I wonder if the invention of all this whizzing...mixing...chopping gadgetry really is a time saver...saving time perhaps when it comes to combining ingredients but it's an absolute devil to clean all the nooks and crankies but clean them I must ready for today's mega baking and merinque making session.
My favourite part of Christmas is the spicy sweet sugary baking smells coming from the oven and the gorgeous turkey aromas while the carcass...skin and a bouquet garni of veggies and herbs are simmering away...
I know it's look like a bit of a dogs dinner at the moment but after a few hours it will make the most glorious stock for yummy Turkey Broth...in the meantime the Christmas Cakes will be getting an Arctic White frosting of Royal Icing and in between I'll be having lots of cuppas in the company of Mr Buble and the "can't move but he's right behind me" ever hopeful Chief Furry Taster.  The weather is looking decidedly wintry so I can't think of a better way to spend the day...apart from tomorrow's treat...another trip to my favourite Garden Centre to meet up with an old friend...no doubt it will be another retail therapy/latte and cake afternoon.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

10 comments:

granny p said...

Coming to you on Christmas Day Kath I am thinking it will all be yum lol

Lin said...

You are so smart to get all your cooking done ahead, Kath! Your turkey soup looks yummy - it is exactly what we do, and it's one of the best parts of the holidays, and for weeks to come! Merry Christmas to you across the miles, my friend!

Stella said...

What a hive of activity Kath !! Enjoy your baking session and your me time at the garden centre.x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

You are a busy lady, just the two of us so no cooking prep to be done, food shopping today, have fun x

Redanne said...

I think you must be THE most organised person I know, how wonderful not to have all that pressure on Christmas day. Just as well, my Son is taking over this year - a Christmas day without stress will be a first for me. Have fun at the Garden Centre... Hugs, Anne x

rachel said...

you really are the most super organised person kath. yours is all cooked and mine is still in the shop - apart from that lovely christmas cake i was lucky enough to win! i will be in the kitchen most of christmas morning but heyho! somebody's got to do it! have a great day baking and enjoy the garden centre. we're visiting today and bringing m.i.l ba ck for christmas xx

trish said...

Hi Kath, what a busy girl you are, it's great to have it all ready beforehand, saves all the hassle on the day. I'm lucky this year no cooking until new years day, I'll be able to relax and watch the telly for once. Enjoy your day out...Trish

craftyfoxglove said...

Everything looks like it's under control in your house,and I'm getting a real festive feel from your pics. I must admit for the first time in about 14 years I feel like I am actually looking forward to Christmas. (lost my mum at this time). All my chicks are coming home for the celebrations. Due to pick my eldest daughter and her boyfriend from the station in about 1 hour, most of the food shopping is done, all presents wrapped and I'm just about to settle to some crafting. This is the most chilled I've been for ages. Hope you have a great time tomorrow. Valxxx

Paper Junkie said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....finally! Sparkly lights (and they all worked - hurrah) holly and candles and snowflakes in windows and a wreath on the front door and my usual partridge in a pear tree (bay tree really) by the front porch. Just got to finish some beaded angels I'm making for pressies and some baking still to do. My kitchen doesn't look as tidy as yours Kath - big clear up needed after my mini mince pie marathon later. X

Shazza said...

wow how organised are you??? Looking good x

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