When a blogger goes quiet for a while it is traditional to start the next post with an apology. Since I doubt very much that the dearth of ramblings in this little corner of the internet has impacted anyone adversely I am sure that my beloved band of readers will forgive me and allow us all to move on.
So, nearly Christmas: how on earth did that happen? For me, the majority of presents are wrapped, the lights are up in the living room, giving it a pleasingly grotto-esque feel, but we haven't yet started prep for the lunch we are cooking on Christmas Day. We'll be getting on to that tomorrow. How about you?
If you're looking for something a little different but incredibly indulgent to nibble - perhaps on those grey old days between Christmas and New Year, then I have a lovely recipe to commend to your attention.
Basically, you hollow out a loaf of bread, fill it with layers of seared steak and a garlicky mushroom duxelle, smear the lid with mustard before replacing and then press it for a good few hours. The result is a kind of cross between a beef Wellington and a steak sandwich. Fabulous.
More precise instructions to be found here. You're welcome - and merry Christmas!