Saturday, December 22, 2012

Advent Calendar Day 22

It's raining - again!

I just opened the door to let in the cats after their early morning dash outside and they were SO happy to be let back in. They are soaked to the skin and Charlie is leaving wet footprints wherever he goes.  He was also so hungry, so he's happy  and more than ready to pick a winner for the latest giveaway.

So he has picked a name - and the name he has picked is Chey.

Chey wins a copy of  The Good Greek Wife.

Chey please send me your postal address and I'll get your prize in the mail to you.

Today's  giveaway is to win a copy of The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife. This book came out in 2007

He thought she was his mistress . . .
Recuperating on his private Greek island after a car crash, Andreas Petrakos had no memory of the previous year. The last thing he remembered was his passionate affair with beautiful Rebecca Ainsworth.
. . . when actually she was his wife!
Becca returned to the island because Andreas had asked for her. But she had to hide the truth from him. So what would happen when he recalled throwing Becca out - on their wedding day - for a reason only he knew?

And today's question is - well, I think it's time we looked at  some special treats coming up seeing as Christmas is nearly here. So  I'd like you to tell me about what you're lookiung forward to eating and drinking over the holidays.

Yes, I know there's the traditional Christmas dinner -  but what else do you have as as real treat while you're relaxing and enjoying yourselves  over Christmas?

Do you love mince pies - and  do you have them cold or warm? With cream ?  Ice cream?
Egg nog or perhaps some mulled wine?
Are you like my  DH who loves nuts  and actually enjoys cracking them and picking them out of the shells himself?  (I love nuts  - but I prefer it when someone else  has done the work!)
Do you buy in lots of chocolates and sweet things - or do you prefer the savouries like crisps,  cheeses,  spicy things?

I have to admit that I don't enjoy the dried fruit mixtures that are so much a tradion  at this time of year - so I don't have a single mince pie, Christmas cake - or even a Christmas pudding  - in the house.  But I do have homemade shaortbread and oaty cookies  made with golden syrup.   There will be cheesy biscuits too - and lots of different cheeses  with chutney and pickles. Those are always part of  our  meal on Christmas Eve - lots of variety and taste, but little cooking!

Oh and of c ourse there ios a bag of special treats for the cats - tasty dinners and some bags  of catnip to drive them crazy with delight in front of the fire!

So tell me the special treats in food or drink that you enjoy and your name will go into the prize draw for the giveaway book.

And now I must go and get dressed - and DH and I will be heading out for our traditional Saturday morning  - it might be nearly Christmas but  we still have a large coffee and the cryptic crossword puzzle  waiting for us.  WE've completed it every week  for 5 months now - we can't let it beat us before Christmas!


Mary Preston said...

We've been making treats such as coconut ice & chocolate crackles.

We always crack out own nuts at Christmas too. They taste like Christmas.

JulieM said...

I don't like dried fruit so that rules out mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake. My husband loves them though and gets through loads. He also buys lots of nuts.

I love to have a box of chocolates all to myself. My husband gets the ones I don't like.

Weirdly though my biggest treat at Christmas is turkey and real chips on Boxing Day. Our chip pan only comes out of the cupboard at Christmas, and fried chips are gorgeous.

Maria Perry Mohan said...

I have grown to love gajar ka halwa at Christmas. It is a pudding made of grated carrot, milk and sugar and nuts and raisins can be added. It is gorgeous. There's also boiled green peas cooked in ginger and garlic. I had them in an Anglo Indian friends house one Christmas and fell in love with them.

PrincessFiona01 said...

I have a Christmas Fruit Cake in the oven at the moment. But I don't eat fruit cake so I will be making a pavlova for Christmas Day.

Catherine said...

Hi Kate
Toutiere is my favourite Christmas treat. We usually have it Christmas Eve. It is a traditional French Canadian meat pie flavoured with cinnamon and clove and nutmeg. We serve it warm with assorted relishes and a warm tomato sauce but I like it plain best of all.

joye said...

I love pumpkin pie and it seems the only time of year I eat it is at Christmastime. Also, the only time I make Fruitcake Fudge-an old family recipe that includes everything in a fruitcake but the cake! it is in the fudge. yummy
If anyone wants the recipe, I will be happy to send them a copy.


*yadkny* said...

My moms tamales are always a treat for us during the holidays:) Can't wait for those! I've never actually had a mince pie before... would like to try one though.

chey said...

My favourite Christmas treat is shortbread.


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