I opened one eye, peered down, and found that I had lost the five pounds which I had gained over the holiday season - and I didn't even have to slightly move to one side (a cheat, but it gives an instant weight loss) to achieve it!
Modern thinking is that if we lose weight quickly we are more likely to regain it. So surely five pounds in a couple of days must be too much, too quickly?
Perfect excuse to make something I haven't had for probably more than forty-five years. A lovely suet pudding, with golden syrup!
I blame it on Dom at Belleau Kitchen he set the ball rolling before Christmas when he posted his brilliant Layered Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Suet Pudding. It was totally delicious, simple, yet spectacular. So it is his fault.
I set to and made this golden syrup (vegetarian) suet pudding...
...it may look vile, but it smelt fabulous, instantly transporting us both back to our childhood days and stick to the rib puddings. However, this version was light as a feather and totally yummy.
I had a very small slice and some custard. Heavenly.
Okay, so I now have to go and jog for an extra half an hour - but oh my goodness was it worth it. I don't even object to having to clean my teeth straight away, lest tooth rot set in.
George had two big helpings, with lashings of custard. I think he liked it.
Thank you Dominic - you may make a cook out of me yet.
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Notes from home for Jonny, and thanks for the message
Swimming with elephants eh? Lucky you! (The only elephant you are likely to find around here is your old Ma, especially after that suet pudding.) Please tell me that someone took photographs of your swim - and that you'll send me one.
The bridge over the river Kwai, plus a visit to Cambodia - no, can't compete with that either! Again, photographs please!
When will you be returning to Shanghai? Enjoy the rest of your holiday and let me know if there is anything we can send you.
Still no baby news.
Everyone keeps asking after you - we had lunch (I had soup and half a roll - in anticipation of the syrup pudding this evening) at the pub with Davina and Harry today; what a shame we hadn't heard all these exciting things before we went. Never mind, it will be a great excuse to pop in again!
Your bed has become Bennie's bed, she spends a couple of hours on it every afternoon, doing what cats do best, snooooozing. As you can see the Christmas decorations are on there too, waiting to be put back into the loft.
Thinking of you,
Lots of love,