The Albertine may have gone, but look what has come out just in time for Christmas Day.
We are having Christmas with my mother-in-law who is the most wonderful cook. Always a very traditional lunch: turkey, ham, mountains of vegetables (including the old fave, tomato and onion pie). Instead of plum pudding she makes a rather sensational sago plum pudding with custard. All I am contributing is the ham and some ocean trout tartare on blinis, both of which I am yet to make but if they look okay tomorrow I will take some photos.
Here is the glaze I use for the ham. It is one that I snipped out of a newspaper years ago and works a treat:
Heat the oven to 180. Put some foil or baking paper in a large roasting tin and put the ham on top.
Pour over a couple of cups of cider. Bake in the oven as is for about 45 minutes, basting every so often.
While that is happening, mix together:
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teasp hot English mustard
2 teasp Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of marmalade (sieved)
Take the ham out of the oven and using a sharp knife make a criss cross pattern over the ham. Insert a clove into each diamond. Spread with the glaze and return ham to the oven for about 30 minutes until nicely glazed.
We will all fall into a screaming heap over the next few days and enjoy the fact that there will be no shearing and no trucks of lambs to load. Trying to fit Christmas into our busiest time of the year is quite a challenge. The exhausted husband stepped in the door half an hour ago and asked why we weren't either going to or having Christmas drinks when all he's done over the last week is complain about how flat out he is. In other words, Lambchops why have you not organised some entertainment for me this evening??? I am just loving a glass of wine on the verandah and the serenity, thanks...