December 12th, 2010

Holiday - Xmas Red Balls

Movies and Music

We watched Robin Hood on PPV last night. It wasn't the best movie ever, but it wasn't bad. One: Cate Blanchett [g]. Two: the cinematography was gorgeous. Three: it actually looked like 1199. Four: really strong cast, and after seeing him in a few movies, I'm becoming quite fond of Mark Strong. However, at the end, there was one hug gaping plot hole Collapse ) But overall, worth the two hours. Nice soundtrack too.

The new Loreena McKennit CD is great! This is more like her older stuff that she's done for years, so I'm really enjoying it. I'm particularly fond of The Star of the County Down and Brian Borus March, which sort of reminds me of a slower version of the dance music in the Firefly episode where Simon and River are kidnapped.

A friend got me Black Narcissus, the remastered Blu-ray version for Xmas, and I can't wait to watch it!
Holiday - Xmas Glow

Of Sausage Rolls and Devonshire Cream

Sausage Rolls - forgotten favourites, is what they are. They were a staple of the holidays when I was little (my great aunt always had them) and, of course, when we lived in Canada. When we lived in Monterey, there was an elderly couple from the UK in our Scottish Dance group that always had homemade ones at their Xmas party. I haven't had any now in years. I suddenly remembered them last week. So guess what we're having this holiday? I've never made them myself, but they're darn easy from the looks of the recipes I found.

Then there's Devonshire Cream. MMMMM!!! Sometimes you can get little jars of it from England, but not often and it's expensive. I was making something or other earlier in the year with marscapone cheese, and was surprised how much it tasted like it. So we had some in the fridge, and mum made cream scones today, so I gave it a shot. Wasn't too bad at all. Not quite the same, but close enough in a pinch.

As soon as Nin is home from work, we're going to Cracker Barrel with mum and Glenn to get a ham for Xmas dinner and to actually eat dinner. And mum wants to look at the holiday stuff they have in the store. Trying to decide between chicken and dumplings and chicken fried steak.