Friday, 25 December 2009

Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!

Meant to wake up at 0730 this morning but didn't set the alarm as I thought I would be able to do so. Unfortunately, overslept a bit and woke up at 0810. Panicked but managed to shower and get dressed and get to the kitchen before 0900. Reason I panicked was because Pat's dad was coming to lunch and I needed to get lunch ready by 1pm or thereabouts.

Got the stuffing ready last night, so stuffed it into the turkey, buttered it, covered with bacon and then foil and then into a preheated oven of 220 for 40 mins. After the 40 mins, turn down to 170 for the next 3 hours or so. During this time, made the bread sauce, prepared the veg for roasting.

At 1200 opened the foil, removed the bacon and basted the turkey. Turned the heat back to 200 and waited for the turkey to brown. The turkey was nicely browned and nice and tender and succulent!

And yes, everything was ready by about 130.

Made 3 cakes. 2 to give away and one for ourselves.

This is a carrot cake for our part time cleaner.

This was for Katrina

This was for us and had some of this after lunch

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Back in London to snow

Back to snow

First before I start, I would like to wish my beautful daughter a Happy Birthday. Sorry Mama cannot be there to share it with you!

Arrived safely back to London. From 30 deg in SG to a sudden drop to 0 deg. hmm...

Monday night, Pat only managed to get home at around 11.30 as all the roads were closed as they could not manage to grit the roads and too many cars on the roads were abandoned as they were skidding and sliding all over the place. Luckily, Pat has a 4 wheel drive, so it is manageable.

But I have been stuck at home since arriving back on Monday and the road outside our house is a slope and because it is a private road, it does not get gritted and because I do not have a 4 wheel drive, I CANNOT GO OUT! Arggh... I need to do my grocery shopping for Christmas lunch. And the supermarkets will be like crazy. It is only 1 day of public holiday but the way the people shop here, you would think that they were preparing for a famine or war or something. Their trolleys are full to the brim and mind you, the big trolleys that we have here are really BIG! I tried ordering online when I arrived back, but all the delivery slots were filled up till 27 Dec. But even if I did manage to order, they would not be able to deliver due to the reason I gave above. sigh.

Hopefully I will be able to go out tonight and get my stuff.

SJC gathering

SJC gathering

I met up with a few of my SJC classmates and again was surprised with a birthday cake! It was only the few of us but nevertheless, it was so nice to be able to catch up with them.

Thanks Chris for opening your house to us. Blessed Christmas to you and your family.

After the gathering at Chris's place, went to church and after which the choir came back to my place for dinner.
This is my choir group - unfortnately did not have the flash on.

Card reading session

Sinseh at work

Thursday, 17 December 2009

my birthday

My Birthday

Met up with E and D for lunch and afterwards went upstairs to E's place. Never expected E to remember my birthday and bake a cake for me. How sweet of her! And their 2 girls also drew me a birthday card.

The cake was yummilicious and the card - so sweet of the girls. Thanks K and S.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Adeline and Scott's registry wedding

My cousin's wedding

Arrived in Singapore just in time for my cousin's wedding. She had a JP come to a private room in Shang and held their solemnisation there.

This is the cake I made for Adeline and Scott. It is the simplest cake I have made so far, but because I made the flowers in London and had to carry them to SG, I was not sure how roses or other flowers would fare, hence gerberas.

Adeline and Scott

Congrats Adeline and Scott and may you have peace,happiness and love forever!