Well, it’s nearly Christmas.

I never feel as though it’s Christmas until the kitchen is covered in chaos with mess everywhere and yummy things slowly taking shape. Today I hit that moment! I started off with the making of mango ice-cream followed by making the stuffing for the turkey. I then made the gravy for Christmas lunch ready to reheat on the day. The annual construction of my gingerbread house was next on the list. Because no one really eats it and it is purely the fun of “smashing” it that counts, I wasn’t that fussed when I didn’t have any golden syrup, just treacle. Just means it’s a bit darker than usual. It takes ages doing this sort of baking in my ‘toy’ oven.  I sincerely hope this is the last year I have to contend with this limited kitchen space.

I start by making individual pieces, 2 X roofs, 2 X side and end walls and a door.

IMG_6741

 

Using royal icing and a small palette knife I ‘build’ the house by sticking the pieces in the following order. One side wall, then the front or back wall piece, the other side wall then the other end piece. Then, very carefully the roof. Experience has taught me to have a couple of supports ready to stop the roof from sliding off until the icing goes hard.

IMG_6743

IMG_6748

 

 

 

 

 

I then use the icing to make hanging icicles around the roof edges.

IMG_6750

IMG_6751

 

 

 

 

Lollies are then stuck with icing around the roof and house and the board is decorated with an assortment of treasured Christmas decorations. I’ve been making this now since 1983 and it really does feel like Christmas when I see it in its place and the smell of gingerbread wafts through the house.

IMG_6762

Merry Christmas everyone. Have safe and happy festive season.

One Reply to “Well, it’s nearly Christmas.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

The Urban Nanna

Traditional Methods Made Modern

Bread Simple.

Bread Baking in the Home Kitchen

Crickey.......we're in Africa!

An African Overland Trip

Tropical Bliss - Far North Queensland

Food - Forests - Fun - Fallacies

Bread Journey

finding the perfect loaf in my kitchen

rise of the sourdough preacher

Of homemade bread, food and other recipes / Una storia di pane fatto in casa, cibo ed altre ricette

Please Pass the Recipe

sharing recipes from one generation to the next

Phil's Home Kitchen

Delicious recipes from a Home Cook (incorporating Baking Fanatic)

Zero-Waste Chef

Less waste, more creativity, tastier food

bethesdabakinlondon2016

Twickenham, 26 to 28 August 2016

Mrs. Twinkle

My Wonderful Little World

Ottoman Cuisine

Culinary Dreamworld of a 700-year-old Culture

Lavender and Lime

♥ a food, travel and lifestyle blog ♥

Frog Pond Farm

Julie's garden ramblings ...

Spice and more

SPICE AND MORE....Of all the foods I crave, something hot/spicy is the taste I can least live without. Then ofcourse there is freshly baked cake, dark chocolate, good coffee, and more, much more....

Weathering The Journey

“The journey is the reward.” - Chinese proverb

%d bloggers like this: