“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
Thursday, 22 November 2012
I don't really have much in the way of food to show you today, except for some scrummy turnips I cooked the other day, which I'll save til the end. I thought it would be fun to share my Christmas Wish List with you though. I could spend hours surfing the web and digging up neat things that would be really fun to own . . . of course I pretty much have everything I need, but it's nice to dream sometimes . . .
I am just loving this new Magimix Cuisine Systeme 5200XL in pink! It comes in a lot of other colours too. It has three bowl sizes, an extra large feed tube and a metal dough bowl, with a guaranteed 20 year lifespan on the motor. I wonder if I put it on my wish list if Santa would bring it to me this year . . . I don't think I've been too naughty!
I also love these cute little singing bluebird measuring spoons that I found on dotcomgiftshop.com. Add them to my wish list too. (I know . . . I don't really need any more measuring spoons, but can you ever have too many???)
While I'm making my list and checking it twice, I would love to include this beautiful domed cake stand that I found on Not On The High Street. I have never had a proper cake plate actually. When I worked at the manor my boss had about 20 of them, each one very beautiful, cut glass, crystal, etc. I really like this one. It looks really oldfashioned and antiquish. I like old things . . .
I love these little egg cups I found on Not On The High Street as well. They're so cute. I like cute things . . .
And doesn't a hat on your boiled egg make them even tastier? Also Not On The High Street. These are so cute. I guess I better dig out the knitting needles huh?
I just luuuurve this Flight of Fancy tea stuff I found on Bombay Duck. I love anything with birds or chickens on them. Birds make me happy.
Isn't this Jewelry Holder beautiful. It's from contemporary Home. Of course a jewelry holder would mean that I'd need something for it to hold, right? Anything gold with sparkles will be fine dear Santa!
Do you think he would fit in my stocking???
I suppose he's out of the question too . . . guess I'll just have to settle for turnips . . .
Acutally I rather like turnips. They're one of my favourite vegetables, not to be confused with Swede or Rutabaga, which is also a favourite vegetable of mine.
These are especially nice . . . they braised until they are tender and sweet in a mixture of chicken stock, honey, butter and thyme.
*Turnips Braised with Honey, Butter and Thyme*
An easy and delicious way to get everyone to eat their turnips! I've never had anyone turn these down!
3 medium white turnips
250ml of chicken stock (1 cup)
(You may not need it all)
a knob of butter
1 dessertspoon of liquid honey
1/2 tsp dried thyme
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Peel the turnips. Cut them into like sized fingers, about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Place them into a deep skillet. Add half of the chicken stock, the butter, honey, and thyme. Bring to the boil, then cover and reduce the heat.
Cook at a quick simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes until they are almost tender, adding additional chicken stock if needed. Once they get to that stage, remove the cover, season to taste with some salt and pepper, and then turn up the heat beneath the pan. Continue to cook, gently stirring occasionally until all of the liquid has evaporated, and they are quite tender and glazed with the honey butter mixture. Serve hot.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF MY AMERICAN FRIENDS!