We are all packed and ready to leave in the next hour or so.
I've made some portable grub for our long drive down south. It may not be the tastiest of hand pies I've made, but it will certainly save us some pounds and pennies, after all we will have enough expenses with just petrol fuel.
I call these hand pies, but really in the U.K we know them as pasties. Encased in this puff pastry is mashed up new potatoes with steamed curly kale and blue cheese: Stilton to be more precise. Again this is just a made up recipe to use up what we had in the fridge.
I made a couple extra which D ate and commented that they were like 'tangy potato pies and so much better than the veggie pasties you get from the High Street bakers'. Well of course, I thought - how on earth can you even compare them.
Below - piping hot, straight from the oven. But for our journey they have been wrapped in foil and will be eaten cold at some point when we want to stretch our legs.
I've also made a Winter Pasta Salad with the remaining curly kale, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It's so dark and un-inviting that I think I am going to dub it 'Dirty Winter Pasta Salad'.
And there are also a couple of slices of Cranberry Bread to enjoy with our flask of black coffee. Wish us a safe journey. See you in the New Year and of course how can I forget, Happy New Year to each and every one of You.