Having spat the dummy on the Christmas chocolate mousse (nine raw eggs - yuck!) and was assured that D1 and D2 would join me in eating a trifle if I made one and which up until two years ago was a staple for Christmas dinner. D3 and all her works are lactose and gluten intolerant and she is bringing a gluten/lactose free cheesecake - see previous entry regarding my disbelief regarding the 'cheese' bit.
Anyway, I have discovered a nice thick custard which is exactly the right thickness to save me having to make custard from milk and custard powder. I was never sure of the amounts to make the correct thickness so this new discovery has saved me lots of work, dirty saucepans and trepidations in case I have the proportions wrong. The cake and jelly are easy but sherry? I searched the bottle shop and was not able to find any so I asked one of the assistants.
It turns out that we no longer have Australian-made sherry; it can only be sherry if it was made in Spain so the alternative is something called Apera. I tasted it before I poured it over the cake and it tasted as though it had been watered down but since I used almost half a bottle that is probably a good thing..
I have prepared the stuff for the salad and D1 went over to Cottesloe and brought back enough glutened sausages for those of us who can eat them and D3 is bringing gluten-free sausages for her family. So except for mixing up all the salad things - already washed and chopped - beating the cream and chopping the jelly we are all ready for tomorrow.
As a Christmas present for myself I splashed out on one of those automatic vacuum floor cleaners. The one I bought has very big wheels and can do both the tiles and the carpets and move from one to the other although it gets a bit confused when it encounters the fringe on the big Persian rug. I am going to have to work on that problem and it may be that I will have to haul out the Dyson and vacuum it the traditional way.
And I have ordered some matching earrings to go with the diamond chains I bought as an early Christmas present to my self. This pair will have black diamonds to compliment my mostly black clothes and white diamond earrings. There is no way a person can have too many Christmas presents. 😻