Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
Oh, I do love winter. My week held; a comforting coffee and chat courtesy of Liesa when I popped into Handmade Heaven to drop off some orders. I also bought some of the snuggly flannelette pyjamas she has in the shop for the little buttons and I am predicting a comfy night's sleep for all.
Good food this week was a knockout batch of Apricot Chicken. One of those old favourites that is yummy and delicious on a cold winter's night. Your Mum probably made it for you when you were a wee one.
COAT 1.5kg of chicken pieces in flour.
COMBINE a 405g tin of apricot nectar with a packet of French Onion soup mix in a small saucepan.
STIR until it thickens.
PLACE chicken in a casserole dish.
POUR nectar mixture over chicken.
BAKE in a moderate oven for 1.5hrs.
GARNISH with toasted almonds and fresh green herbs.
Which brings me to tonight. Whilst we don't have a friendly fire to sit beside, Mr Button does have the heater roaring and we are wrapped in blankets and sipping tea as I am working on this post. It is a picture of domestic bliss. Ahh, there really is no place like home!