Thursday, 22 December 2011

Yesterday's Solstice celebrations.

Yesterday we celebrated the Winter Solstice.

Dave and I rose early and drove up onto the moors to greet the sunrise.

Unfortunately it was quite overcast, though the view of the low lying mist in the valleys was quite beautiful.

No sun to be seen however.

Solstice 2011

 A very different picture to last year's snowy but clear Solstice Sunrise.

Solstice Sunrise 2010

We took a nice scenic route home driving through Teesdale and over Harthope Head (One of the two equally highest public roads in England) back into Weardale.

The rest of the day was spent preparing for our annual Solstice family meal.

The menu was -

Nibbles to begin-
Rye sourdough, chiabatta and prawns served with dips.
(Garlic - recipe from "The Takeaway Secret", olive oil and balsamic vinegar, mojo sauce ) along with olives, artichokes and spicy tomato and lentil soup shots with parsnip crisps.

Main course-
Organic roast chicken, organic roast silverside and belly pork with blackpudding.
Stuffing balls (Pork, sage & onion and pork, rosemary and cranberry)
Pigs in blankets
New potatoes
Roast potatoes
Roast parsnip
Yorkshire puddings

 A choice of cinnamon panacotta served with mulled fruits or Nigella's sticky toffee pudding served with either cream or ice cream.
The mojo sauce was very garlicky and was a big hit with everyone, I used smoked paprika which also gave a bit of a kick to it. I can definitely recommend it.

I have spent today recovering from all that cooking in preparation for cooking Christmas lunch, though thankfully that will only be for four of us rather than the ten I cooked for last night!

Love Linda xxx 


  1. How wonderful that you celebrate the winter solstice. Glad you had a fab night.

  2. Sounds wonderful, have a lovely Christmas.

  3. I love that ou celebrate the winter solstice, that sounds like a great tradition. Have a lovely Christmas!! :) x

  4. Hi, just wanted to pop by to say thank you for all my wonderful gifts. have a great christmas xxxx

  5. What a lovely tradition! Enjoy your christmas celebrations!

  6. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!


  7. Great post.
    Happy New year!

  8. A wonderful place to celebrate the solstice and what yummy food too! Hope you have a wonderful New Year! xxx

  9. Hi...just popped over via The Felt Fairy to say I am joining in the Monthly Make...hope to keep up with you through 2012...Happy New Year...

    Kirsti xx

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    Drop me an email when you get a min xxx


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