This weekend we've had an early family Christmas. And right from the off it was more like Christmas, than I thought it might be. On Friday I realised that Friday was my Christmas Eve Eve, if that's such a thing, and I needed to finish my shopping. So off I went, returning relatively quickly with a present against all the names on my list.
The plan was to have Christmas lunch on Sunday with my family, but in another parallel to Christmas a few weeks later, we also met up with MOH's family the day before. And of course I left it until the last minute to wrap those presents I'd bought too, but some pretty paper and some festive washi tape came to the rescue there.
Food-wise we were much more organised. We were in charge of pudding, and on our menu was MOH's speciality lighter Christmas pudding and a baked lemon cheesecake for the non-dried-fruit-eating-contingent. And for those that like two puddings. In fact making puddings are MOH's thing, so he made the lemon cheesecake too.
And while he did I set about collecting a few parcels from both the local sorting office and a bit further afield in Walthamstow - more on that to come soon. It was Small Business Saturday and my plan to do both chores in the same hit was scuppered by traffic, as the King's Troop were parading through the village. I missed them as I'd aborted my attempt in the car and headed back to the post office on foot. It was a lovely day, and I was glad of the walk, especially when met with a view like this.
It's made from heavy gauge carbon steel and has a patented silicone seal base. My other quick release tin has a spring catch, which if I'm honest I'm never sure if it's done up or not, which probably doesn't help the leakage. But no more. This has a silicon seal - the red bit - on the base and it seems to work.
It did need a bit of an extra push to get the cheesecake out, but then again it was completely cold as we left it in the tin to travel. It seemed the safest place for it to be. And it arrived in one piece, although I added the sour cream and lemon curd topping at the table. I also left it on the base, which I probably wouldn't have done at home, but plates were at a premium with eight of us for dinner.
And it seemed to work. No baking tray underneath it and no mess in the oven. MOH is a perfectionist baker and didn't approve of the plain chocolate digestives I bought for the base. I rather liked them though. And the cheesecake was good.
And after dinner of turkey, ham and all the trimmings - including rationed pigs in blankets - and then christmas pudding and/or baked lemon cheesecake, we did the other Christmas thing, and opened our presents. And like many families, that brought the usual chaos and mess.
So quite a weekend, and for us Christmas really has come early this year. And it'll be coming again at the more usual time of year! It was great to spend time together and the Family Fortunes board game was great fun too, although Vernon Kay has nothing to be afraid of. How do you celebrate Christmas with your family?
* With thanks to PushPan who sent me their new tin to try, as usual all views are my own. That mess above though, I had very little to do with that.