My beautiful Mum died 36 years ago, after a 10-year battle with breast cancer. She was a beautiful, giving soul and I miss her every day. As the Festive Season approaches I am reminded again of how Mum loved everything about Christmas and I think she was just as excited as the kids. We didn’t have much money to spare but Mum and Dad always made sure we were surrounded by love and Mum made sure that Christmas was special for everyone.
My memories of November/December growing up, was finishing school for the long Summer holidays here in Australia and of course – Christmas! Mum would make a Christmas cake and Christmas Pudding in a cloth. We would all take a turn of stirring the pud on ‘Stir Up Sunday’, the Sunday before Advent, which is 4-5 weeks before Christmas for luck. In those pre decimal currency days (before 1966), she would add threepences and sixpences coins to the pudding to bring good luck and wealth in the coming year to the person who found it in their slice of pudding. The tradition dates back to the 1300s.
The Royal Australian mint explains that decimal coins introduced in 1966 are made of different metals which are not suitable to be mixed with food.
My love of the festive season was nurtured by her, and I keep the tradition of making a Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding each year as well as other goodies.
Festive baking reminds me of my Mum!
The Christmas cake is made and last week I made our Christmas Pudding which over the last couple of years I’ve cooked in the slow cooker with great success.
This year I’ve used the Pudding recipe from Mary Berry’s Cookbook and then cooked in slow cooker for 9 hours. It will then be reheated in the slow cooker for another couple of hours on Christmas Day.
You can find the recipe here :
I had some pudding mix left over as my pudding bowl was a bit smaller, so I made some mini Christmas Puddings in muffing trays. My taste tester, my darling husband declared they were delicious. He will now have to wait until Christmas to have more LOL:)
Last year’s Festive Baking
I made a full Christmas cake, cut into four and then iced them. With a ribbon and Holly they make thoughtful and delicious gifts.
Do you have a family recipe that brings back memories of your childhood or the Festive Season? I’d love to hear about it.
I’m also joining Denyse for her Wednesday Words & Pics link up.