Bob Marley “Stir it up little darling” is definitely one of my favorites
The slow rasta beat mixed with the need for warm affection. And we are all in need for some reel contacts in our lives these days.
The cold Christmas time is by far the warmest moment of the year to be close to our dearest and Christmas traditions give these occasion its homeyness. Celebrating the birth of a child is celebrating life itself and forming families is what we love best. So we head for the woods to select and cut the best Christmas tree and put it up in our homes decorated with lots and lots of bling-bling.
The Brits STIR-UP Christmas best by stirring-up all the ingredients for their most needed Christmas pud (-ding) on STIR-UP SUNDAY. With the whole family gathered around the kitchen table, the last Sunday before the season of advent is when you have to start passing the mixing bowl. Each in turn stirs-it up. All flavor of the sweet mixture has time to marry into a feast celebrated round Christmas dinner.
Think you are to late to make your own there is still time to order for instance with Sandra McLaren. Started in a barn as a small business from home in the United Kingdom to feed the family and build a future. Sandra’s Christmas steamed pudding got appraisals from all around. I met her at Bury St. Edmund’s in Essex UK on the local Christmas market. Full of passion and flavor she told me her story and her dedication to only the best ingredients. Raisins, sultana’s, butter instead of suet, dark brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices, the whole mixture a secret she guards well.
Once she got the complements of Gordon Ramsey himself who makes a very nice steamed pudding with his mother in his “Home cooking” series. I have made it once and it was an absolute delight but you don’t want to eat it every weekend because of the risk ending up looking like Santa yourself.
HO HO, MARY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL,
With love from the Dutchcook