It had potential. It really did. My "alternative Christmas cake" that is. The recipe was basically a carrot cake with some added spices, brandy, nuts and dried fruit so in theory it should have been a match made in heaven.
The reality however is that it has the consistency of a Christmas pudding with a carrot cake topping (albeit a nice one) and an overwhelming flavour of cardamom. It gets a big fat yuck from me. Oh well, onwards and upwards. I should have taken note of Kirstie Allsopp's flop with that dodgy lavender and rosemary shortbread she made for a country fare which I saw on TV today. That too was a disaster. Tradition tends to win for a reason.
Today I wanted to wear a dress with some colour in it, so my china blue Cos dress made an appearance. Combined with a skinny rib M&S polo neck the outfit ticked my two most important boxes of warmth and comfort. Polo necks are going to be returning big style and they are a great layering piece, turning a slightly lighter weight dress into something more wearable over the winter. So if you like the look and/or the idea, have a think whether you have anything in your wardrobe with which you could do the same.
Sorry about the slightly blurred photo. There are various reasons for it which I won't bore you with but on the whole I quite like the slightly out of focus, softer look. It makes me think that I can still get away with a £10 face cream from Boots when the reality is that I probably should be taking much more extreme measures.
Actually, I may be wrong about the cake. My husband has just tried it and said "I would be dead chuffed if I had made that cake." Hmmm.