Thursday, 19 December 2013

I'm Dreaming of a Red, Red Christmas

Last week at uni, was House Christmas. Last year we went traditional, had a delicious turkey crown with equally delicious roast potatoes and vegetables and had a lot of fun! However this year, because we really couldn't be bothered waiting for a turkey to cook and because we thought we'd do something different, as well as having to cater to a vegetarian among us, we decided that we'd all make different dishes, something we think we all make well. One of my housemates, Shannon, we make fun of for all the gourmet-looking dishes she makes and all the expensive food she buys. Granted, its all worth it, because she not only made delicious eggnog, but she also made a mouthwatering spinach and cheese filo pastry pie that I am still dreaming about today. Yes, it was that good!

I made, as you can probably guess, a cake. I made my favourite cake, and had to do so without the help of my trusty mixer :( This included making the icing and having to beat the butter with a very short wooden spoon for about 10 minutes. Let's just say I have muscles now. Anyway I'd wanted to do something a little different with the icing, so I used some food colouring to make the icing inside green and the icing on the outside red! The icing on the inside wasn't as green as I'd wanted it to be but it was still clearly green! I thought red and green because they're typical Christmas colours...right? 

Cue an excessive and probably unnecessary number of pictures of the cake I made along with a picture of the stupendous amount of food that six people had to consume (we failed by the way, we didn't finish it all I promise, there was near enough to half left over!). 

Oh yeah...did I forget to mention that I also made 6 blueberry cupcakes with matching icing to go with the cake? Oh I must have forgotten... ;)

So this was our dinner, minus some chips that were still in the oven. So we had Curry, Lasagne, 3 different Pizzas, Garlic bread and Camembert (YUM), Spinach and Feta filo pastry pie, Mince Pies, Naan bread, chips, Chocolate Cake and Cupcakes (although the cake was eaten the next day cause we were seriously stuffed!) So yeah, we ate a lot of food and waiting for it all to be done was incredibly difficult when I'd only eaten breakfast all day! Oh but it was worth the wait! My stomach has never been that satisfied in my life! Sooooo worth the wait!

Then we had secret santa and one of my best friend's Jack got me and he got me the most thoughtful gift I think I've ever received. I love this book! Inside its got tabs for breakfasts, desserts, dinners, lunches, baking etc where I can write all my favourite recipes and there are even some slips for pictures too! Its just PERFECT!

All in the evening was absolutely perfect and I laughed so much and the people I live with are genuinely some of my favourite people! This first semester has already been so much fun and I can't wait to see what 2014 will bring!

Also last night I watched a really interesting documentary about back up singers called "20 Feet From Stardom" and it was incredible! Other than documentaries narrated by David Attenborough I',m not their biggest fan so this was a very interesting one to watch! You should give it watch if you get the chance! Below is a song by one of the people from the documentary that fits the season nicely!

I probably won't be posting on here until after Christmas and New Years so I hope you have a truly amazing and really enjoyable Christmas and New Year! Here's to 2014!

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