In My Kitchen

Here I am for the third month sharing what’s In My Kitchen as part of the series run by Celia over at Fig jam and Lime Cordial. This month my preparations for Christmas have begun. I always think that the more I get done now, the more i’ll enjoy the run up to Christmas because I won’t be up at all hours of the night baking!

In My Kitchen…

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Christmas cake is coming

… Sits a bowl of dried fruit steeping in rum (you could use tea or apple juice) for my Christmas cake. I’m very late making one this year, but better late than never! I tend to use the fruits that I like, so I leave out mixed peel and those awful glaice cherries! Every week i’ll add a dash of alcohol to the baked cake to “feed” it, this nice spicy rum is perfect.

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Mince pie time

… Stands these yummy jars of apple mincemeat for Christmas mince pies. These jars were made last year, so this week i’ll make the pies and freeze them. Then i’ll take them out and freshly bake them as and when I need them next month.

In My Kitchen…

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Cake pops...

… Are these newly acquired cake-pop-stick-things! I’ve never made cake pops before and to be honest i’m still not sure if they’re very ‘me’, but i’ll give them a go. I like the idea of little balls of cake as Christmas gifts, not sure about the whole lolly pop stick part though. I found a couple of recipes from trusted sources, so i’m going to try them this week. I’ll keep you posted…

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Banana bread

…Is what’s left of a delicious banana and pecan loaf that I made last night. I had some bananas on the turn, so it was an obvious choice. Dr Doolittle decided he would have a slice hot out of the oven with vanilla icecream and toffee sauce. He said it was yum! I’ll post the recipe during the week….

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Tea

… Is my tea box. My love of tea is well documented; from ‘normal’ every tea, to mint tea, to my current favourite camomile and honey. I’m also a huge fan of homemade Indian Chai tea both in The Glen House and in the warm magical heat of Goa!

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Gravy pot

…Stands this cute enamel gravy pot with a wooden handle! This was purchased on a recent trip away. I’d never seen anything like it before and knew it would look perfect sitting by the range cooker. I’ll be serving gravy straight out of it at Christmas time.

See you next month!

Melissa xx
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32 thoughts on “In My Kitchen

  1. Melissa, I too have to start my boozy Christmas cake fruit mix. Never too late I say. I look forward as well to ‘feeding’ my new fruity pet. Happy Christmas baking!

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  2. What a fun tea box. I also love tea. My new find is a pumpkin tea, surprisingly good! I never have gotten I to making Christmas cakes, it just isn’t overly traditional here. Good thing anyway, where would I find the time?! I need to start deciding which Christmas cookies to bake soon. I have a freezer full of bananas so banana bread is probably in my future too! After all, I need to clear out freezer space for Christmas cookies and other goodies.

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  3. Apple mincemeat? Sounds delicious! I usually add some cooked apple when I.’m having a mince pie as I’m not that keen on raisins but I never thought of putting it in the mincemeat. Do you add any alcohol to the mincemeat?

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  4. I make cake pops for birthday gifts- there is nothing like a box of cake dipped in chocolate for the birthday boy/girl! They have to share the cake with everyone, but the pops are for them alone.
    I have my fruit sitting in brandy- the rum was all gone with the last of the rum balls and I figured brandy would do as well.
    Your kitchen looks like fun- and I like that gravy pot!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Goodness you’re organised! Your cake will be magnificent with all the time the fruit has had macerating. And are you using cranberries? I’ve never thought to do that but what a good idea to add colour, especially if you’re avoiding the cherries. I’ve never made mince pies, but maybe it’s time to start! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Your gravy pot is so cute! i’ve never seen one like that before.
    Love a nice tea box too, tea feels so much more special coming from a tea box for some reason ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Seeing lots of soaking fruit in these November Kitchen posts that’s for sure!!!!!

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