Eating with friends before Christmas

Sausages baked in the oven doused in good quality red wine make a delicious wholesome meal. Delicious sausages from my local Canonbury butcher;apple and pork and duck and apricot. I served them with a mash of carrot,potato and swede, seasoned well and added milk and butter. Trying to keep it seasonal, I added a steaming dish of steamed leeks. Best sausages I’ve eaten in a long time. Pay the butcher a visit on the corner of Highbury Grove and St Pauls Road in N5.

I followed this with an apple tart from Nigella Lawson. I made the sweet pastry the day before (my best so far) and kept it covered in the fridge over night. Just before my guests arrived I melted:

60 gms of butter very gently with 60 gms of castor sugar, beat in an egg with a few drops of vanilla and then grated in a Bramley apple. I poured this into the baking case and baked in a hot oven for 12 mins, followed by 15 minute on 180 degrees. See the photo below.

About swimmingjenny

I'm new to blogging. I love the idea of keeping an online diary about my life in London. I like the idea that similarly minded people can peep into my life and find things to laugh about and nod in agreement (or not). I've lived in London for 21 years and come from Melbourne. This blog increasingly is becoming a diary of my growing baking interests. I've made a deal with myself to bake a loaf of bread every week and so for the last 2 months I have. I love to cook especially for friends. I have my own inner city allotment just 5 mins cycle away at King Henry's Walk and try to subsist in Summer. Please feel free to comment; I love to engage.
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