First Winter Scene

It’s frosty and it may have even snowed a little last night.  The view looks nice in white:

First Winter Scene Nov 2010

The gnome (who cracked his head and was subsequently filled with concrete by head gardener) is looking very pensive across his kingdom:

Pensive Gnome

This morning I’m preparing for one of my very favourite courses – Dinner Party Dishes.  I haven’t had much time to host many dinner parties this year so very excited about today.  One of the side dishes is brussel sprouts with chestnuts and cream.  It’s yum.

Brussel Sprouts today

Creamy brussel sprouts with chestnuts

For 6

20 brussel sprouts

10 chestnuts

100ml cream

pinch nutmeg

sea salt & black pepper


  1. Cut a slit in each chestnut and place them on a dry baking sheet or roasting pan.   Place in a hot oven (190C) for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool and peel.  Slice the chestnut.
  2. Cover the sprouts with just enough cold water and bring to the boil.  Simmer for 5 minutes and drain.  Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Cut the sprouts into round slices.  Place them in a pan with the chestnuts, cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Heat and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes, allowing the cream to reduce and thicken.  Serve as side dish with beouf bourguingnon and potatoes.

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