Well, I’ve been making chocolates and gingerbread cookies – so good that I’m eating a Christmas tree as I type – and this year, too, I made crisp little crackers for eating with cheese and scattered them with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and carroway. They’re yummy but I am such an idiot about things like “roll out to about 4mm thick” because really, who can measure something as precise as 4mm without a handy dandy ruler? Not me. The little Christmas Crackers (see what I did there? Ha) are a little more substantial than they ought to be, maybe. Certainly a little thicker. They certainly need a cheese that is assertive and can stand up for itself, and refuses to be bullied. I’ll be laying in a stock of good strong Stilton for this Christmas, I think.
On the writing front, December has been something of a disaster. Poor Rafe Lancaster in Gilded Scarab has been stuck in the strong room at Garrards for about three weeks now, looking over his mother’s jewels with a view to selling them. He sends me plaintive messages about how the rubies are all very fine, but could I please get him out of the cellar and let him buy the coffee shop already! So today I am determined to do just that.
As a Christmas taster, I am going to post another little ‘outtake’ later today from the ditched version of Gilded Scarab and give it to you with my best love.
In the meantime, have a wonderful and happy Christmas – or whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of year. And here’s hoping 2014 is creative and happy!
I think the die-hard bakers have a ruler on each the side of the dough and roll it between the markers–but I can never be that organized. I’m drooling on my side of the ocean just listing to your baking plans–what is it about this time of year that makes us go nuts with baking when most of us never do it at any other time?
The writing has been a bit pathetic on my end too. I have a major work project that I need to finish before the end of the year, which means I probably won’t finish Walk A Mile in the same time frame. But hey, that’s what those long winter nights are for, right?
Hope you have a wonderful time this Christmas and look forward to hearing more about your projects in the coming year!