The build up to Christmas is a time of lists. There are the fantastical rolls that Santa holds on the front of cookie boxes and then there are the everyday lists of things to be done before Christmas. I'm getting good at making the lists, not so good at ticking them off.
I have been making Christmas lists for a long time. As a child I collected the Christmas sections of magazines that were being thrown out. From these I put together a dream list, with a gastronomic focus -cookies, rum balls, candies and cakes. When Mum looked aghast at the list. I refined it a little more. With the help of my inner geek, I broke the list down into ingredients and gave mum a shopping list. I never got any further than the rumballs (adult supervised, of course) but at least I gave it a go.
This year is no different. A few weeks ago I started on the lists again, this time with less of a focus on my appetite. There are decorations to be made, tutorial I have book marked to try, gifts to get finished and a bit of cooking too. Hopefully I'll get a bit further down the list this time.
I have started off with some making mustard and dukkah, figuring with two batches of cooking I can get multiple gifts sorted. After a few years of mustard making, I have my extended family trained up. If they return the empty jars, I will return the jars to them, refilled. It appears to work, and keeps my lists eco-friendly too.
How are your lists going? I'd love to hear.