Long before the marquees were erected, Paul and Mary were dusted off and 'soggy bottom' became a household term our family have gamely been competing with others in an annual tradition known as the 'cake off'. Around about October each year cookbooks are consulted and ingredients are mingled in an effort to produce a prize winning Christmas cake. Lots of winks, nods and nose tapping ensue and nobody is willing to share their personal recipe until the day. This year it was our turn to host and as well as the traditional Christmas cake the children had their own category - the Yule log. After much food, fun and frivolity the cakes are dissected and each take their turn to taste and anonymously vote for their favourite.
|The voting log|
Straightforward yes? Aha but there would be no fun in that! Often this is the most corrupt part of the process whereby outrageous voting can occur on all sides. But this year - WE WON! So obviously no cheating occurred at all as I am quite willing to accept the mantle of best Christmas cake maker EVER (well at least in our house...for this year...!)
The 'log off' was of a particularly high standard so we added artistic merit on top of flavour as a bonus section.
Other years have seen the addition of 'chutney off's', 'jam off's and 'wine off's' - and there is always the excited prediction of what we could do next year but will probably never get around to.
There were carols and games.
And, perhaps unsurprisingly owing to our own Kirstie 'I can craft everything or at least get other people to craft it for me' Allsop, pom poms.
All in all the best time is had - lots of friends, too much food and a significant amount of festive (ahem) spirit. Our very own family tradition - and without a soggy bottom in sight!
Hope you are all managing to enjoy what is important to you this year.