Tuesday, 1 January 2013
It's amazing what someone hammering nails into your eyes (a rough approximation of what sinusitis feels like) does to your appetite. What's got me through, in terms of sustenance, are clementines. We bought a pallet of them a couple of weeks ago, kept them in the shed and topped up our fruit bowl on a daily basis. The idea was that they're healthy AND Christmassy therefore making it easier for the kids (and us) to dig in to something other than mince pies (we bought a pallet of them too). I thought they'd be a great top up food over the festive period. I didn't anticipate them becoming our staple diet. But they did (well, mine at least, the kids reverted to mince pies). After a fitful night's sleep my swollen tongue would be desperate for the sweet juice of a clementine segment. I dreamt of those clementines.
Yes, it's been shit. But I do over-exaggerate a tiny little bit. Christmas Day was brilliant! Despite not being mad, I invited 15 people over for Christmas lunch - bearing in mind we moved in to our new house 10 days before and our new kitchen has it's challenges, the main one being that it's tiny.The reason I'm not mad is that I was the hostess with the leastest. Those lovely people at Knorr kindly provided the turkey and then it was a BYO Christmas, James and Vasha bought the roast pots, peas, and butternut squash feta salad. Kate and Rak bought the bread sauce, sprouts, mince pies, Uncle Brendan made a delectable Christmas salad of pomegranate, clementine and mint. Uncle Tristan surpassed himself with a delicious nut roast (like a veggie stuffing) and the gravy. The six kids just bought chaos and mayhem. Everyone bought booze, the day swung by.
And then it stopped. Until today. I feel a bit cheated. Where's my New Year's day hangover? Why can't my palate be jaded by the excesses of the last few days? Oh well, that's what January is for.
I hope you are enjoying a healthy hangover today, and have been left unscathed by the norovirus and all those other horrible things out there. Oh yes, and Happy New Year!
Posted by Claire Mcdonald at 10:12