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Tweets on 2010-12-30

  • I completed 204 tasks with Remember The Milk in 2010 #rtmstats http://rmilk.com/ #
  • RT @dr_nick: why would anyone NOT be on the donor register these days? there but by the grace of god go we… tinyurl.com/torswish #
  • Continuing with evening plan of watching brutal CSI and writing Christmas cards. Is still 12 Days of Christmas after all. #
  • I've licked too many envelopes in the last hour. Ptui. Urgh. Blech. #

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Tweets on 2010-12-28

  • RT @charltonbrooker: ACHTUNG. My 2010 Wipe review of the year starts on BBC2 tonight at 10pm; continues for 59 mins & 15 secs, then stops. #
  • RT @qwghlm: Travel insurance I've just bought includes indemnifying against the bar tab if you score a hole in one at golf #unnecessary #
  • Our cat, our Xmas tree, & time-lapse on Vimeo http://bit.ly/gO9V2I #
  • Always plunge your lemons in hot water before you squeeze them. http://bit.ly/hHDs6r #
  • Lembit on CDWM at 5pm. One to watch through cracked fingers (and thumbs), I expect. #
  • @jamesgraham It's much easier to save inexpensive things. #
  • Twatt, Orkney. Not to be confused with Twatt, Shetland. http://bit.ly/hKLto3 #
  • Yay, #onlyconnect final! #
  • Eek… it's RAINING outside. #
  • Wow, it is hammering it down out there. If it had been a few degrees colder we'd have been knee deep by now. #

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Tweets on 2010-12-26

  • Yesterday, kitten apparently ate a chicken/Stilton infused cocktail stick. Today, he seems totally fine. #
  • Good grief @corfmeister is speaking v fast. Sounds manic. #
  • @jonathanfryer it's for people using the Selective Tweets app on facebook. Only their tweets with #fb show up as status updates on facebook. #
  • Heh. "I don't get *books* for Christmas!" http://bit.ly/eN6enb #
  • @Meryl_F check with neighbours, has inlet frozen? take hairdryer not blowtorch to supply, phone water board to see if outage #

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Christmas cooking

Way too much!

Still not quite over my cold so spent quite a lot of today sleeping too.

Still, turkey dinner went OK. In addition to the trimmings we had:

Homemade, slightly burnt, panettone for breakfast:

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Based loosely on this recipe.

Christmas lunch starter was a Pea & Parmesan Tart:

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Based loosely on this recipe, but with an extremely crumbly olive oil pastry.

The trimmings with the turkey dinner were: sausagemeat stuffing, roast potatoes, carrot and maple syrup purée, braised red cabbage, sprouts, bread sauce, cider gravy.

For pudding, I attempted my own version of Dan Lepard’s Mont Blanc layer cake.

I still can’t do meringues, even with the Kenwood! I can’t get them stiff enough before I worry I’ve over-beaten them, so they end up spreading in the oven and are bigger than planned.

So, in my version, the meringues are sandwiched together with dark chocolate and a cream of cream, chestnut purée and marscapone all whipped together.

Still looked rather good, if a bit blurry by the end of the mealtime:

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(no, we didn’t manage to eat all of that in one sitting. I flaked after lunch and and a four-hour snooze, then we had pudding.)

It’s been a very Kenwood Christmas!

Oh, and also – the emergency spare pudding, which kept P together while I snoozed:

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Was this recipe. (makes more than the 4 cupsworth expected)

Tweets on 2010-12-25

  • RT @owenblacker: RT @zatytom: Awesome: Taiwanese News on That Vince Cable Coalition Fiasco: http://j.mp/gbDCN1 (vua @b3ta_links ) #
  • RT @willhowells: RT @simonblackwell: As is traditional in our house on Christmas Eve, watching 'A Muppet Vera Drake'. #
  • RT @dwbullock: RT @pinknews Ricky Martin considering adoption http://bit.ly/gpTAan but who would want him? #
  • Snow Cats « Flickr Blog http://bit.ly/gTvihx #
  • There must be a lot of Christmas websurfing going on in my street, my internet connection has slowed to a crawl, making Youtube unusable. #
  • How To Use Up Egg Yolks http://bit.ly/i9j3LN #
  • OK, sat down and wrote the cooking chart. I have lots still to do. Have I bitten off more than I can chew? #
  • This morning, the postman got me out of bed to deliver an unexpected hot water bottle from @helenduffett which I filled and took back to bed #
  • Thanks, @helenduffett! Modern hypoallergenic latex-free HWBs are weird, but still cosy warm. #
  • So, loads more cooking to do. Quick peek at my email suggests loads of LDV to do too. There's nothing much on telly today, right? #
  • @bykimbo are you talking about spelling or how QI said you make them go away? #
  • @GaryDelaney whir on the stir? </cheryl kerl> #
  • Gazing upon my works and mightily despairing. Who on earth is going to eat all this food?! #
  • @bykimbo there was a much less savoury suggestion than even last night's dinner :) #
  • @dr_nick just the two of us and I'm not eating! #

  • Kitty's Sleeping With The Fishes http://flic.kr/p/94jJ4i #
  • @alexwilcock avoid! avoid! #
  • "Do you dream in chocolate?" NO! No-one does! #
  • -7.7 at the bottom of the garden. Dread to think how cold it us up the tower. Off to ring for Christmas. #

  • Happy Freezing Christmas http://flic.kr/p/94sGo7 #
  • Nothing quite says Christmas like trying to prise whole cloves out of the dishwasher filter using a carving knife. #
  • @Psythor enforcing family tradition of No Presents til After Lunch. #

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Tweets on 2010-12-24

  • @Meryl_F use Kenwood to make pastry. Don't roll out too many times. Packet puff. #
  • @JChris_J yes, but do yours eat birds? #
  • RT Have you listened to the @PodDelusion's LIVE CHRISTMAS SHOW? If not, what's your excuse?! http://is.gd/jiUus << have been ill / busy. #
  • RT @mpntod: RT @marcusbrig: If you haven't already – do this… stick in a post code and enjoy… http://bit.ly/cRV3WQ #
  • I love the way Tommy Sheridan pronounces "Murdoch". #
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. NB, cats don't count. http://chzb.gr/dOaGMy [vid] #
  • Sheridan pronounces Murdoch like Taggart pronounced Murder. "Like there's more than one deid" #
  • @JChris_J Ortolans? #
  • Rampant inflation at FooPets. I used to earn 500 FooGems every time I went to feed eKitteh. Now it's up to 600. #
  • @jamesgraham pulse-based diets produce a lot of greenhouse gases. #
  • Wrapping any old tat to augment the sad-looking, few, high-value (*) presents under the tree. (* high to us, anyhoo. Not burglar-worthy.) #
  • @oneexwidow It's still doing it. Grr, #
  • Chuckling at Lord Barg getting stroppy on #bbc #iot #
  • @kayray are you sure the rainstorm was the determining factor? #
  • Aargh! forgot the parmesan! #
  • Oh, he didn't just pronounce "canals" as can-ARLS ?! #bbc #iot #
  • "Sarah Teather sticks to the script" – I don't know if that's not actually more depressing than going off-message. http://bit.ly/f05xpp #
  • Wow, they had batteries in 250 BC. (BC not DC) http://bit.ly/hODm2z #
  • @MoyseyUK they almost came to blows at one point. Racist! #
  • I am perilously close to having a Mirandaesque Chart for Christmas. Still, have made the starter and an emergency pudding already. #
  • Well, I suppose it's the second emergency pudding as actually there's a shop Xmas pud that appeared in the cupboard recently too. #
  • Shouldn't speak too soon, but yesterday's alcohol based cold-remedy turned out to be very effective and I felt much better today #
  • Can't understate the benefits of getting just enough drunk to sleep like a log. #
  • Now, however, I am absolutely exhausted and wondering whether I need to drink to sleep again? #
  • @oneexwidow OK, ta for trying. #
  • @rfenwick mixing two separate, heart-burn causing liquids is just so arduous. #

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