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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 14:17


Sorry to hear about your excursion to A&E Fairy - hope Fairylet is making a good recovery

To the band / concert line up suggested by Doc I would like to add Glen Frey, Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard.

To direct / produce the event I nominate George Martin.

And to compere the whole thing I suggest Terry Wogan, Victoria Wood, Caroline Ahern, Ronnie Corbett & Alan Rickman.


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 08:58


Busy but fun filled day yesterday. Usual "don't want to undercook the turkey & poison everyone   v  don't want to serve up dried shoe leather" dilemna. But all was ok in the end.  

Poor nights sleep - very hot - still 13C outside at 1am. Eventually had to dig out the 4 tog summer duvet.

Little trip out for a short walk today - should be sunny.

Very sad news about George Michael - not a huge fan but some of his music was the soundtrack to events in my life.

Cracking party / concert going on upstairs....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 25/12/2016 at 08:47

Love this year's poem Fairy - clever girl

(You know we want one every year now don't you?)

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 25/12/2016 at 08:43

Morning all and a very Happy Christmas to everybody.

RIP Rick P - Thinking about playing Status Quo stuff all day as we're huge fans.  Not sure the in laws will appreciate it though - carols are more their style.

Hope everybody has a good day - quiet, busy, working or not. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 25/12/2016 at 00:02

Food eaten, washing up done, everyone else snoring and I'm lying here thinking about cooking timings. Have sort of done a checklist but sure I've forgotten something important. Hope sleep comes soon - I'm cream crackered already

Looking forward to the pome Fairy - last year's will be hard to match.

Sleep well everybody - hope Santa doesnt wake you up

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 16:43

Getting a wee bit windy out there just now. Have taken the wreath off the front door - don't need to be chasing bits of it round the garden tomorrow Hope you can do something with your poor hydrangea Joyce.

Fairy is right in comparing the differences between the customer mentioned in Hosta's earlier post and the people mentioned in Doc's post. Some people are good and kind & make the world a better place - others are total ar**s and make life difficult for everyone.

Am very disappointed, however, to read that it was a W'rose customer behaving like that.

One of the reasons I shop there is because, even at Christmas when it's hectic, nobody screams and shouts and everybody does that frightfully English thing of saying "Sorry" when they've just been rammed by someone's trolley. I've seen customers arguing before now over who should have the last item on the shelf -"No - you have it" "No - I insist - you have it..." And no badly behaved, screaming brats  either.

Courtesy, kindness and decent behaviour make the world go round.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 12:13

Good to see you Doc 

You're certainly right that it's sometimes the smallest or simplest of gestures that can be the most effective. I had a (totally unexpected) Christmas card from my niece who very suddenly and unexpectedly took herself off to Australia for a year or two just a few weeks ago. Took everybody by surprise - not least her parents and siblings. Her card was full of news and contact details and I was very touched to be remembered by her when she is very busy and has so much going on in her life.

As you say - instant mood elevation.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 11:17

Thanks B3 and Dove. I usually drain the cauli onto kitchen paper to get it really dry - but steaming may be a better way to go. It's the watery residue and thin sauce I'm really keen to avoid.

I'm not sure if that's good news about the suspect or not. Good news I suppose if it is him and he was the perpetrator and that's one more extremist we don't have to pay to keep locked up. Bad news if it isn't either of those first two....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 10:40


Lots of little jobs to do today but I'll also lay the table for Sunday dinner, make the giblet stock and arrange the greenery which has been in a bucket outside the back door since last weekend.

For all you cooks out there. Do you think it will be ok to make cauliflower cheese for tomorrow's dinner more than 24 hours ahead? Thought I'd slightly undercook the cauli and let it cool completely before I put over a slightly thicker than usual cheese sauce. Final topping of breadcrumb and grated cheese topping can be made up and sprinkled over tomorrow. Do you think that will work? Can't be done with soggy cauli cheese but I suspect MIL won't like it if it has too much bite to it.

Hope all those up north and everybody travelling stay safe and warm.

OH finishes work at 9.30pm tonight and will then drive from Norwich to his parents in Yorks ready to bring them down tomorrow. Hopefully today's forecast traffic queues will have disappeared by then..

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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 16:30
Dovefromabove says:

Another batch of sausage rolls made - most of the first batch disappeared somewhere 

See original post

 Sounds like you got meeces too Dove

There's a lot of sausage rolls there... Would you like me to take one or two off your hands (just as a favour you understand)

Gammon simmering gently and slow cooked braised red cabbage with apples in the oven for Saturday night. House smells nice.

Love the giraffe / elephant thing Fidget - some people are very clever aren't they?

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