Thursday, January 3, 2013

Twelfth Night, Christmas Trees, British Treats.

Well, its all over, the festivities, the overeating and the celebrations. In fact we don’t take down ourCandy Canes decorations til 12th Night or Epiphany. It was a tradition we followed in the UK, not sure if anyone still does it, and I feel deep down it is unlucky if I take them down before then. Just thought, Shakespeare wrote a play called Twelfth Night or What You Will. I don’t remember any references to Christmas decorations though. Of course they didn’t have Christmas Trees in his day, that was started by the Germans somewhat later. Our tree is smothered in Candy Canes and we end up with more every year as they are handed out at the bowling alley. When we take the tree down they all go into a bag and then into the freezer for next year.

Matt had an appointment with the dermatologist yesterday. When we got there, I Wedgewood ornamentshave never, but never, seen so many Christmas Trees. Everywhere you turned was another tree. What fascinated mellie ornamentse, one of the ones in his treatment room was decorated with all kinds of elephant ornaments. Never seen that before. Another one in the waiting room where there were at least a couple of trees, was principally balls that looked like Wedgewood pieces, Wedgewood blue with white. Matt thought they were wrong for Christmas, I thought they looked great. They weren’t Wedgewood you understand, but they looked like they could have been. I wouldn’t mind a few of these myself. I was a bit surprised they still had the decorations up, I thought I was about the only one who hadn’t taken them down.

Welsh PancakesI have mentioned before, underneath the dermatologists office is a Scottish Bakery so I popped in and got us some Cornish Pasties for supper. Delicious. I have two in the freezer for a later date as well. I bought some Welsh pancakes for me too, Matt isn’t keen on them. Used to have a member of staff at the yacht club my parents ran who made them for me all the time as a kid, they were great. In the picture they look very much like the pancakes made in North America for breakfast, but they weren’t quite the same. Not sure what the difference is, but they don’t taste the same at all. I don’t have honey or syrup on them, just spread them with butter like a slice of bread, yum.

I used to do a recipe called Moroccan Chicken which had orange juice in it, this put me in mind of it although not really similar. This one sounds flavourful and was recommended by a friend in Ireland who has just cooked it.

Moroccan Chicken One-Pot

BBC Food

Serves 6

You don't need a clay pot to whip up a fragrant, North Africa tagine - throw it all in a Moroccan Chickencasserole dish and top with feta, mint and lemon

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, 1 roughly chopped, 1 sliced
  • 100g tomatoes
  • 100g ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp each ground cumin, coriander and cinnamon
  • 1 large butternut squash, deseeded and cut into big chunks
  • 600 ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 100 g dried cherries
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • zest 1 lemon
  • handful mint leaves
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • couscous and natural yogurt
    1. Season the chicken. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a flameproof dish, then brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken to a plate. Whizz the chopped onion, tomatoes, ginger and garlic into a rough paste. Fry the sliced onion in the remaining oil in the dish until softened, then add the spices and fry for 1 min more until fragrant. Add the paste and fry for another few mins to soften.
    2. Return the chicken to the dish with the squash, stock, sugar and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 30 mins until the chicken is cooked through. Lift the chicken out and stir in the cherries, then continue simmering the sauce to thicken while you shred the chicken into bite-sized chunks. Stir the chicken back into the sauce and season.
    3. Mix the red onion, lemon zest, mint and feta. Scatter over the dish, then serve with some couscous and yogurt.

Have a great day



  1. I've always taken the decorations down on Epiphany too. Seems to round off the season somehow.

    1. Glad I'm not the only one. I must admit I am getting a teensy bit bored with them.

  2. Moroccan Chicken sounds awesome. I should never read stuff like this while hungry.

    1. Bit late at night to be hungry isn't it? Must admit I want to try this too, no chance yet.