Christmas cooking

We were hosting lunch today and I made: spelt bread (for breakfast), rosemary and Gruyère cheese straws, buckwheat blini with crème fraîche and smoked salmon, mince pies and stripy brandy butter (the latter based on a family tradition, in slightly different form, but luckily still accepted!)

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20131224-192801.jpgTook the whole morning, but worth it as it was fun to do and delicious to eat, along with Max’s glazed ham, sweet potato, roast tomato, creamed brussels and pancetta! A Christmas banquet!

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The Tree & the Holly

We chose, felled and decorated our tree today. Surprisingly difficult to capture on paper!

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We also made some arrangements with beautiful holly from Max’s parents’ garden in Devon. Prickly but worth it! (Spot the sprouts in the background!…)

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Reginald

We’ve just got out this lovely decoration, known as Reginald! He’d be lovely to sew, but I’ve done a portrait of him tonight.

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Sampler

I decided to make a second Christmas sampler, as I think it’s a lovely idea and is fun to do in between Christmas packing and wrapping!

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Kaleidoscope bug

I drew this on a friend’s iPad app. It mainly made symmetrical patterns, but I managed to make this bug-like picture too.

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Festive Poinsettia

Looking more festive now

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Outline Poinsettia

Lots of these around at the moment. Colour tomorrow will make it.

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Canapés

I was helping at a party tonight & was quite pleased with my creative innovation of pretty cup as chilli sauce holder!

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Snowflakes

I designed these via my advent calendar – reminds you how attractive small things like snowflakes can be!

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Birch

I took a picture of this lovely birch tree today and really wanted to try and capture the bark colours.

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