We’ve been living in London for less than a month now. We were renting an apartment from a friend while he was overseas. Suddenly we got a message from him. He was coming home early! This left us once again with nowhere to stay. I was upset. I was going to have to pack again. Then I decided to try and get some perspective. Rock star and I have chosen to pursue this dream. We’ve chosen not to take the normal path where we could have a job, a home, a kitchen, a mortgage.
I’ve been planning this post for a while. I thought that after giving you a few tips on how to bake gingerbread, I would then show you how to assemble your gingerbread house. However, as I checked my facebook the other day I noticed that Sweetopia (one of my blogging heroes) had just done an amazing post on how to make a gingerbread house. So I thought instead, I would send you over to Sweetopia to see how it is done.
I’ve been making gingerbread houses for my entire married life. It’s one of my favourite Christmas traditions. Actually I normally make 3 or 4 each Christmas, and every now and then I make one even though it’s not Christmas.
There’s something about the combination of the gingerbread, the royal icing and the sweets/candy/lollies that makes me feel full of Christmas spirit. I don’t think my gingerbread houses are the best in the world but I love building and decorating them. Eating them is also a favourite past time of mine.
So I have a bit of a reputation in my family as being a Christmas Tyrant.
Being a Rockstar wife has it’s challenges, but most of the time it’s a pretty awesome gig. Let me give you an example of my last week. These are just some of the highlights
Saturday –Fischen, Germany
Get up and admire view out window.
Walk into town with Rockstar to local bakery for coffee and pastries. When you are a Rockstar wife in Germany it is necessary to eat a lot of pastry. It’s what good Rockstar wives do.
Go for a Spa and Sauna at the hotel for a few hours.
Read a book while boys go to a gig.
Finish book and realise my laptop battery is flat and there is no power converter or English literature available at this time of night.
Go to bed at 9pm
Sunday – Fischen, Germany
Walk into town for more coffee and pastries
Go for a walk in the mountains and drink from a stream. I normally am not a fan of walking unless it’s for coffee, however on this occasion I had a stick. This made walking much more interesting. Plus we got to see this amazing tree.
Relax from walk in the spa.
Go for a sauna
Monday – Hohenschwangau and Ulm, Germany
Drive to Neuschwanstein Castle. (The Disney castle is based on this one).
Tour Neuschwanstein Castle.
Go to Christmas Markets and drink Gluhwein. (OK so we don’t do this every week but it was pretty darn awesome to be able to do it).
Tuesday – Fischen and Munich, Germany
Go for Spa and Sauna. Hang out by the pool reading.
Drive to Munich and check into hotel.
We were meant to be going backstage at another band’s gig but unfortunately the gig was cancelled at the last minute.
Go out for a German Meal of Pork Knuckle and Dumplings at traditional German Beer Hall (a bit too much meat for an ex vegetarian).
Wednesday – Munich, Germany and Manchester, United Kingdom
Wander around Munich for the day with Rockstar. Check out the amazing window displays.
Consume a number of coffees in an effort to stay warm. Consume a number of pastries so the coffees don’t get lonely in my stomach
Go to Munich airport and kill time until we board our flight.
Fly to Manchester and drive back to our current home
Thursday – Lancashire, United Kingdom
Make a Christmas Pudding to send home to Australia.
Friday– Liverpool, United Kingdom
Go Christmas shopping (yes I have almost bought all the presents – high five for me).
Perform First Aid on an 86 year old lady who has fallen over.
Wait for Ambulance.
Go to the band’s gig (that’s the stamp on my hand I got at the venue).
So that’s this week.
Three of the band members have returned to Australia for Christmas now so it’s just Rockstar and I for the next couple of months. During that time Rockstar is planning on songwriting and I’m planning on baking and doing a ridiculous amount of Christmas craft. I’ll be blogging about a couple of these shortly. In the meantime I’m off to order my last few Christmas presents online.
At the end of this post you are going to either love me or hate me. If you’re willing to risk it then read on…
On November 5th it was Bonfire Night here in the UK. The band and I decided to go to a local park where they were having a giant bonfire and fireworks. Of course being November in England it was an extremely cold night and, as I may have mentioned before, I don’t do cold well. I needed a reward for braving the cold.
So after the fireworks were finished we came home and lit a fire and made the MOST AMAZING hot chocolate I have ever had.
I don’t think this is an exaggeration.
This hot chocolate it so super amazing you will find your days are spent thinking about it and your nights are spent dreaming about it. Even now I keep drifting off reminiscing about how great it was.
Now back to reality.
It’s very simple.
1.5 L (about 2 pints) full cream milk (if you use skim milk you’re doing it wrong – this hot chocolate needs to be consumed in all it’s fatty goodness)
- A packet of Marshmallows (200g)
- and 200g of fair trade chocolate – we used 100g dark (85% cocoa) and 100g milk chocolate.
This should serve four people (or if you’re particularly thirsty it could serve just one)
Before you start you should boil the kettle – this is so you can pre-warm your mugs.
- Now break the chocolate into pieces and place in a saucepan with the milk – remember if you eat it before it goes in the saucepan it will make your hot chocolate less chocolately – I’ll leave it to your discretion though.
- Put the saucepan over low heat and stir continuosly with a wire whisk. Don’t let the milk boil.
- When the chocolate has melted add half the marshmallows
Mmm melted goodness.
This would be a good time to prewarm your cups.
- Keep stirring until the marshmallows have melted.
- Then, when they have disappeared into the hot chocolate milk, take the saucepan off the heat.
- All you have to do now is pour the hot chocolate into the cups and serve.
Wait a second… something is missing. This hot chocolate looks naked.
Naked hot chocolate is wrong. There is but one cure –
- add the rest of the marshmallows.
Now sit in front of the fireplace and drink it slowly. Feel it warm you from the inside out.
It is at this point you will decide whether you love me or hate me.
You may love me for opening up to you a whole new hot chocolate experience – the possibilities of this recipe are endless – different ratios of milk to dark chocolate, using white chocolate, adding chili or cinnamon or coffee or Bailey’s.
Some of you, however, will hate me.
Because as you drink this gorgeous concotion you realise you’ll never be able to go back to instant drinking chocolate again.
You have been warned.