This post is going on early today as I sit here waiting for the thirty minutes 'simmering time' for my ham before I transfer it to the bottom oven of my Aga. Friend W had given me a nice recipe for roasting it entirely but I find on reading my Aga book that the oven is probably too hot to do that, so it is recommended I simmer it slowly and then roast it for a little while at the end, which is what I am doing.
Friends are coming tomorrow and staying overnight. I am trying to get well-prepared so that I can spend time chatting to them rather than doing things in the kitchen. They are driving over from the Lakes and the weather forecast for tomorrow suggests there may be snow coming in from the West so I am hoping they beat it all the way here.
Mind you, snow is relative isn't it? I was speaking by telephone to a friend in Boston (Mass) last evening - they have eight feet (yes, I did say eight feet) of snow and another storm is forecast for today when another four feet could accumulate. They seemed quite matter of fact about it, saying that as long as they kept the path to the front door clear the mail would be delivered.
I think we over here get in too much of a panic about snow. I remember waking up in Moscow to a very heavy snowfall and going out to find the roads quite clear. Eventually our bus came up behind the reason - a giant snow-blower was sucking up the snow and throwing it into the Moscow River.
So far today (9.17am) it is a lovely sunny day with a light breeze. I suspect a very cold wind but at present I don't intend to open the door to find out (I am still clad in a dressing gown).
Enjoy your Saturday.