Tuesday, 24 December 2013

flff day 10

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
annjenny and mr digandweed!

Monday, 23 December 2013

flff day 9


 This beautiful rose is cut from a rose bush planted in memory of Mum who died in 2008, at the age of 91.
Dad died many years earlier, a few months after mr digandweed and I were married.

It's just before Christmas and amazingly there are several blooms on the bush. 
 It is a lovely reminder of both Mum and Dad who gave us unfailing love and support and many happy memories.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

flff day 8

It has become a bit of a tradition in our house to have these muffins for breakfast on Christmas morning.

Packed full of dried cranberries, they are yum ..... and healthy, I'm sure!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

flff day 7

Seasonal berries.
This wall at the back of our house is one of several rare thatched boundary walls in our town.
The thatch has worn a bit thin on this one and instead it has a 'thatch' of cotoneaster berries which the birds love.

Friday, 20 December 2013

flff day 6



I am gradually checking items off my to do list.
 Christmas cake marzipanned and decorated.

We love marzipan chez fenland lottie, but not so much the sweet icing.
So my answer is to cover the cake with lots of marzipan and top with a jumble of fruit and nuts.
And, for good measure,this year, chunks of Green and Black's Maya Gold chocolate!


Thursday, 19 December 2013

flff day 5

This lovely Christmas card arrived the other day.
Entitled 'waiting for santa' it is a beautiful watercolour of mr fudge, painted by my very talented sister.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

flff - day 4

winter breakfast - a warming bowl of porridge with spiced berries, flavoured with two spices which I always associate with Christmas, cinnamon and star anise.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

fflf day 3

Mummy and baby reindeer in the garden of a thatched cottage just up the road.


Monday, 16 December 2013

flff - day 2


ingredients ready to make Delia's cranberry sauce
 Fairy lights not part of recipe of course!
 ..... but they seem to be featuring quite heavily at the moment!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

fenland lottie festive feast - day one


Only ten days to go, so here is the first of a daily festive picture as we count down to the BIG day!

First up - the nativity


Saturday, 7 December 2013

feeling ( quite a lot ) festive !

The mincemeat is made and the mince pies are baked !
Of all the culinary preparations in the run up to Christmas, making mincemeat is one of my favourites.
 A bit of chopping, stirring and mixing makes for a perfect relaxing pastime on a dull, wintry afternoon.
And the added bonus is that you can tweak the basic recipe to suit you own taste.
This year, I made my usual recipe which you can read about here but left out the mixed peel and instead added dried cranberries for a change.
But I also decided to try out an idea for quick mincemeat which I had seen in an old copy of Waitrose Kitchen.
The suggestion from Dan Lepard, of bread making fame, was to add chopped prunes, orange zest and orange juice or brandy to a jar of bought mincemeat.
The result was much more liquid than my usual recipe and slightly more acidic, but delicious nonetheless.

So this year we have two different sorts of mince pie to sample over the festive period.

Mr digandweed felt it was his duty, as quality controller, to try one and declared them to be 'probably the best mince pies he had ever tasted'
He certainly knows how to make a girl happy !

So, with the Christmas cake made and the mince pies baked ( and in the freezer) I can definitely say that chez fenland lottie
'it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas'

Musical Notes Stock Photo - 13094940
Tra ..la..la..la! 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

feeling ( a little bit) festive !

 A few weeks ago, after some particulary windy weather, mr digandweed and I went for a walk.
The ground was covered with fir cones and small branches which the wind had blown down.
I collected some and for the past few weeks they have gradually been drying out in the house.

If you look carefully, you can see the sticky pine resin which has gradually dried to look like sugar crystals.
Yesterday, I painted the ends lightly with cream paint, the idea being to make them into a Christmas decoration for our sitting room.

And I just couldn't resist a photo of the old board which I used as a background.
I love the textures of the knotted wood and the peeling paint.
I like to think it looks a little like frost !