Happy Friday, friends! Who else is breaking up for Christmas today? We’re having a Christmas fuddle at work (I’ve made chocolate chunk cookies and some goats cheese, rosemary, potato and red onion bread).
Last Friday we went for our work Christmas meal, at Saltwater in Nottingham. It was an odd time for a three course meal – 3.30pm – and the restaurant had so many christmas groups booked in that they started hassling us to leave at 5.10! I know that Christmas is a really busy time for restaurants, but in my opinion they seriously need to consider quality over quantity so that customers don’t steer clear of them the other 11 months of the year. On the basis of the food and service I had at Saltwater I certainly won’t return.
Food wise, I had goat’s cheese and onion on brioche – this was tasty (goat’s cheese is!) but soggy, having clearly been made way in advance. For a main I had nut roast, which was quite nice and stuffing-y, and for dessert I had tiramisu with chocolate sauce (a bit odd!) which was inedibly bad.
On the plus side I won an award for providing the best home baked treats for the office! How nice! Then we drank lots of cocktails, then more cocktails, before I got the bus home at 11 for tea and toast and NO HANGOVER THE NEXT DAY! Amazing!
On Saturday we headed out for a Christmassy day in Nottingham. We visited Nottingham Castle, which was having a free entry day (it’s normally a few pounds to get in), met up with Lee’s mum and brother and enjoyed some lunch at the Hungry Pumpkin, and went to the Christmas Carol service at Green’s Windmill.
I also made a BUMPER batch of my perfect chocolate chunk cookie dough ready for this week’s fuddles. I let it rest in the fridge for 24 hours before portioning it up and rolling into balls and freezing them. Cookies tend to be thick and even when they cook from frozen, plus doing it at the weekend freed up my time on Thursday night. BUT there was so much cookie dough that my favourite spatula broke!
Some of these cookies are also becoming Christmas gifts – wrapped up in a pretty snowflake gift bag from Lakeland.
In the evenings this week there’s been quite a bit of present wrapping, card writing and planning for Christmas! How are you getting on with your preparations?
- Currently reading: Ah, nothing really. I need to rectify that – any suggestions?
- Currently listening to: Only Christmas songs, but particularly this one, this one, and this delightfully self-pitying number
This was also the week that Milo and Bella started cuddling for the first time! Bella is a hyper kitten and Milo is a naps and snuggles adult cat, so I think she tends to get on her nerves generally, but it looks like they’re starting to warm to each other!
What are you up to this weekend? I’m baking Christmas treats, attending Christmas parties, and having a Christmas dinner with Lee since we won’t be together on actual Christmas…… I may be in danger of getting Christmassed out HAHA JUST KIDDING.