Make Eat Get Read Go – November 2019

Make – Christmas Cake

Every Stir up Sunday I bake something for the festive season. Sometimes it’s a Christmas Pudding, sometimes mincemeat, this year a Christmas Cake. I’ve used my usual recipe, but this year made it as one larger cake.

L is a Junior Bake Off wannabe and has already decided she’s decorating the cake. I’m fully expecting the celebratory cake to be decorated with a festive unicorn and sprinkles.

Eat – Stollen

AD – My visit to the School of Artisan Food was gifted. Views are my own.

Mid-November I was invited along to School of Artisan Food to learn all about Christmas Baking with Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

The day started by making stollen dough. I’ve made stollen before but it’s never been quite right, we also made our own marzipan which was simply ground almonds a dusting of sugar and a generous glug of rum.

Inbetween the stollen dough rises we mastered puff pastry. I’ve made it a couple of times before but one this time did the method really click for me. The rise on the puff pastry mince pies was pretty spectaular

Now I no longer work in food education it was a refreshing day to spend a day at a cookery school learning new recipes and techniques.

Get – Photobook

Now all photographs I do are digital it’s too easy to keep them like that. Every year since L was born I’ve had a book printed of our photos of that year.

The most recent instalment arrived last week and this time includes not just photos of L, like previous photobooks, but any photos I like that I’ve taken that year. So yes that includes pictures of bread…

Read – STRIDES study

I’m a regular blood donor. I started after L was born as some friends had needed blood during labour. My latest donation was my 12th and this time involved taking part in the STRIDES study to help improve the donor experience.

This time I was given different literature to read before donation and a dayglo pint of hydration drink, not too dissimilar to what Hubs uses before running events.

Go – Frozen Afternoon Tea at Bluebell Dairy

Given I have a daughter and I’ve seen most Disney films I’ve managed to avoid Frozen. So much so it’s become an in joke and I’m now actively avoided it.

This hasn’t stopped L seeing it and channelling her own Elsa.

Bluebell Dairy, to the east of Derby, is a popular children’s play farm and cafe. They often host themed events. This time was a Frozen themed Afternoon Tea.

With L donned in her finest Anna costume we enjoyed a couple of hours singing along with Elsa & Anna as well as eating a Frozen feast. I even caught Hubs singing along.

At £20/head it wasn’t the cheapest afternoon tea, but the staff, food and experience were great. We would certainly consider going to another event there again.

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