God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.J.M.Barrie
Notable Dates in December
5th December – The Great Christmas Pudding Race
14th December – New Moon
21st December – Winter Solstice
24th December – Christmas Eve
25th December – Christmas Day
26th December – Boxing Day
28th December – Bank Holiday (Boxing Day substitute).
30th December – Full Moon
31st December – Hogmanay / New years Eve
31st December – Stonehaven Fireball Festival
December seasonal Foods
What is seasonal in December.
If you would like a selection of Seasonal Organic produce, try Riverford veg, fruit and meat boxes
On the Farm
Things to do in December
In the December garden
What to plant and sow
Out and about
Days and nights draw even.
Recipe of the month.
Crispy, juicy, melty Pork & roots.
Pork – Cooking times.
If unsure, the following is a good rule of thumb:
@175C (170c Fan) 25 mins /Pound + 20 minutes. 35 mins /kg +20 minutes.
Kitchen roll can be useful.
A large cup or mug you don’t use too often.
Get it out the fridge. Weight it, note it, or read the label with the weight on it.
Give it a rinse, Dry it using a kitchen towel, or tea towel (straight to the wash)
Rub liberally with salt. Ensure it is well scored – if you have a butcher, ensure that they score it, if not, do it yourself with a sharp knife. If this is not possible, don’t panic. Ideally, the pieces should be the size of the perfect scratching or crackling.
Leave for at least an hour, or maybe two or more if its big (over 6kg / 9lb) at room temperature. You may cover with something to keep of flies or domestic animals.
I think this goes very well with some carrots, (roast spuds if you are making them, or a bit of mash – potato or root), and lots of greens: depending on how the season is and your taste, Sprouts, Winter cabbage, Kale, Caleibrase or if lucky sprouting broccoli.
Activities, things to see and do in December
With lengthening days arise more opportunities to get out and about. To see what is happening in nature and the countryside. There is also a lot more to see as they year really starts to get going.