Friday, 12 December 2008

More food for thought

Next week I shall be doing Christmas food shopping, and emails have been flying back and forth between myself and the daughters about what to buy. I am so blessed in having brilliant girls who will do the main Christmas cooking for me - but they are bombarding me with choices

vegetables: pick one from each pair -sprouts

sauteed savoy cabbage OR Brussels sprouts

roast pumpkin OR sweet potatoes

broccoli OR carrots


mince pies

Over at Bread and Roses, Dulce has a fabulous post entitled "Godcakes, soulcakes, sacristans, oh and mince pies..." which I found wonderfully informative - all about Christmas cakes and pies.

I really enjoyed the Hairy Bikers' Christmas Special - and thought it was good that they wanted to give a special feast to paramedics, police, abikers2]nd firefighters etc who will be at work on Christmas Day.

A colleague at school was most amused today - we were discussing the fact that many of us have been buying odd bits and pieces to set aside for the Christmas period and I told her about the peanuts...

I explained I had got a large screwtop jar of peanuts, when they were reduced in Sainsbury's the other week. I unscrewed the lid, wrote a message on the foil seal, then screwed the lid back on, before I put them on one side, with the other Christmas stuff.

peanuts Bob was feeling peckish, saw the nuts and decided to eat a few. On removing the lid, he found written on the foil


Wisely, he replaced them on the shelf - but confessed later to almost eating them.

"You obviously know your husband very well" my colleague said, chuckling.

Why is it that on a jar just full of peanuts, they feel the need to state

"Contains peanuts. Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product."   ???!!!

Mind you, Sainsbury's website also tells you that "Fresh semi-skimmed milk. Dietary information - contains milk"


  1. LOL! I will do that with my hubby as well!

    I vote for Broccoli Casserole!

    Broccoli Casserole

    2 pkg. frozen broccoli (thawed and drained very well)
    1 stick margarine (divided)
    ½ lb. Velveeta Cheese (cubed)
    1 can of mushroom stems and pieces (drained well)
    1/2 tube of Ritz Crackers

    Put frozen broccoli in a colander and run warm water over it. Drain thoroughly by smashing it down and patting with a paper towel. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan add ½ stick of margarine and Velveeta Cheese. Melt and fold mushrooms and thoroughly drained broccoli into it. Put mixture in a buttered casserole dish. Melt ½ stick of margarine in a sauce pan. Crumble ½ tube of Ritz Crackers into melted butter. Sprinkle cracker mixture on top. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. OR 35 minutes at 325 degrees.

  2. Writing a warning on the foil seal--a brilliant idea! Glad you didn't have to follow on the threat, tho.


  3. Thanks for the link. My husband ate a tin of shortbread meant for his elderly aunt. He also ate some chocolate coins I bought for the girls. Threatening violence doesn't work with him,not when his mind's on food!

  4. Hmm, was that a rider to the commandment then...

    Thou shalt not kill - unless the person steals peanuts ahead of Christmas...

    As for having to choose between those delicious vegetables - criminal!

  5. We don't have Velveeta Cheese over here - is it hard like Cheddar [Jack] or soft like Dairylea? Thanks for the recipe though.

    DD - sorry about Auntie's Shortbread! Aldi have some good value stuff at the minute.

    Please do not worry,about Bob - I may threaten murder, but I think I shall end up forgiving him as usual. If he wasn't here, I might have to do the preaching!

  6. Which you would do just as well as he would. Just to reassure everyone that she hasn't deaded me.

  7. I would like to argue I was not suggesting you had to pick between vegetables - who could decide between broccoli and carrots?!

  8. OK - that's agreed then - Christmas will include 1 living husband and about 8 different freshly cooked vegetables.

    But what IS Velveeta Cheese???


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