Everything to do with XMAS!

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    Here is the Xmas pudding

    Cooking time: 3 hours makes 6/8 servings
    Ingredients
    3 oz Apricots
    85 g/3 oz Dates
    85 g/ 3 oz Seedless Raisins
    60 g/ 2 oz Almonds
    85 g/3 oz Ground Almonds
    60 g/ 2 oz Chestnuts
    30g/ 1 oz Dried Figs
    30 g/1 oz Chopped Hazelnuts
    85 g/3 oz Cherries
    60 g/ 2 oz Mixed Peel
    115 g/ 4 oz Muscovado Sugar
    45 g/ 1 1/2 oz Suet
    150 ml/5 fl oz Guinness
    30 ml/ 2 tbs White Rum
    30 ml/ 2 tbs Brandy. 30 g/ 1 oz Softened Unsalted Butter
    60g/ 2 oz Self Raising Flour. Pinch Ground Cinnamon
    60g/2 oz Fresh White Breadcrumbs 60 g/ 2 oz Chilled Unsalted Butter
    1/2 tsp Ground Mace or Nutmeg. 2 Eggs beaten
    1 lemon and 1 orange grated rind 15 ml / 1 tbs Golden Syrup


    Cooking Instructions
    Put all fruit and nuts to soak with 75 ml (5 tbs) Guinness, all the Rum and Brandy. Mix well, cover, leave over night. The next day mix remaining ingredients with fruit and just enough Guiness to give a dropping consistency. Spoon into a 1.25 lt (2 pint) pudding basin and press down with back of spoon. Cover with a large round of grease proof paper. Top with a similar sized round of foil. Fold both across centre to make a lynch pleat. Tie with string under the outside rim, add a doubled loop of string over the top to create a handle. Set basin in steamer fitted over saucepan of gently boiling water. Cover tightly and steam for 3 hours, topping up with boiling water as and when necessary. Cool completely. Cover with fresh foil but leave greaseproof paper in place. Store in cool dry place or freezer for a year. Thaw completely before reheating.
    To reheat, steam for 1 hour. To microwave - 4. 1/2 mins on high
    Storage. ( November 24th or Sunday before advent).



    All the ingredients have been changed if there is none available. Just substitute something else. It's the only time I actually bake if I can help it.

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    Absolutely agree! Snap! He's the chef for all things English and I make the Indian, South African and Italian stuff

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    Indian, yum. Just having leftovers now.
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    Chicken Tikka Marsala is my favourite and my mums curry. So simple to make and I usually add other things to it. I try and eat Indian, Italian over Xmas as well because there is only so much turkey/ goose you can eat surely! Hubby is shaking his head right now. He loves his meat!

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    How about beef or lamb vindaloo? I think southern Indian food is more vegetarian, but you can curry pretty much anything, can't you? And most of the Indian sauces I've had would work with meat, too, I think.

    Good chatting with you. Now I'm going to have a lie down to digest my Indian.
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    Yes, Indian everything but I would land up on the loo if I had vindaloo all the time. Happy resting.

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    I'm just the opposite - no sense of cooking other than using a barbecue - cremation ritual designed for men by men :).

    So i do all the peeling, carving, hacking, battering, slicing etc. the wife who is simply an excellent traditional style cook deals with cooking the meal, and i then do ALL the cleaning up afterwards - no matter HOW sloshed i am!

    Well having strong virtue's is important to me lol!
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    I like teamwork. It doesn't matter who does the cleaning.

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    Yes it does
    I ate cleaning up?
    Love the recipes Hayley will give the mince tarts a go.
    Keep them coming
    I do a frozen ice cream Xmas pudding.
    As its so hot here.
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    40 days to xmas, you guys! Eek! It's galloping towards us now. I haven't started to buy prezzies yet!

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    Not paid for the last one yet
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    Wow, it's closer than I realized.

    Sort of related: There's a free iPhone app called Days Until, which lets you set any date in future (like Christmas) and keeps counting down till that day. As I recall, Christmas came as a default countdown.
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    I have "Sleeps to Christmas". It gives you the days, hours, minutes and seconds. With Xmas music as well.

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    Wow, great for Christmas fiends!
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    Err! That's me! Hee Hee. I own both versions. 1 and 2 i need help!

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