This is a rerun from Day 16 of this blog. Day 16! I can hardly remember it being a demanding newborn. But really, this is a recipe I’ve been making since I was about 16, and before that my mom made it, and my grandma, and great aunts, and regular aunts, and I’m pretty sure it was/is in the Art Gallery of Windsor Cookbook, circa 1970something. (My relatives on that side were/are from Windsor, and so a handful of our family recipes can be found in or came from that book.)
Everyone has a few things that taste like Christmas to them – or Hannukah, or Festivus – and this is one of those edibles that can’t not be made in December. It’s so ingrained in our holiday psyches that I can’t really tell if it’s something I’d eat or not if I was introduced to it now (the ingredient list may make me shudder), but every year we make an enormous potful.
And I took a few photos of the process, but really it was just a mess of chopping, like the produce department exploded all over our countertop. I used to say don’t cheat and use the food processor, but this time we totally did – for everything but the cauliflower, which sort of bangs around and turns to little teeny bits with a bunch of tree trunks banging around. (Which reminds me – last time I was on the plane I watched Jamie Oliver make cauliflower “rice” in the food processor – have you seen it? Brilliant!) Anyway, I decided we needed to make a pot of this at five after three, and it was done by the time W got off school at 3:30. Like, enough for many, many jars and containers for keeping for ourselves and spreading around – it’s a good sort of thing to keep in the fridge and grab a jar of to take to a party, or to replenish the buffet table without having to reheat/assemble anything. And we’ve been known to eat it for dinner (see day 16) with crackers.
It’s Friday! That means festive free stuff! London Drugs has provided $100 gift cards to go shop for fun new kitchen toys – like a KitchenAid stand mixer or food processor – two of my personal favourites, two small appliances I’d have a hard time living without, and I say this as not a particularly gadgety person. Also? I think there’s a misconception that girls don’t like getting kitchen appliances for Christmas. I disagree. There are many many ladies out there (men, too) who’d prefer a KitchenAid stand mixer to some old diamond. Myself being one of them. Just sayin’.
Hey! All these recipes I’ve been posting here? The folks at London Drugs compiled them into a 12 Days of Recipes digital cookbook! You can download it here.
AND of course enter to win a $100 gift card to spend at London Drugs. To enter, comment here – remember when I used to ask what you had for dinner last night? I still want to know – but I also love hearing peoples’ holiday baking plans. Or what it is that Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without.
* This post was generously sponsored by London Drugs as part of their #LDHoliday campaign, but the words and thoughts are my own. Thanks, London Drugs!