As we only hd to prepare the main course for christmas day SO and I could start up in easy going mode. Mind you cooking a ham can only be described as leisurely anyway.I had prepared apple compote the night before. Easy to do. Only takes time to prepare the apples. The compote itself is just add water, a little sugar and cinnamon and simmer for 20 minutes and you have the best apple compote. Fit for two nieces that do not want to eat much and have not got their aunts and uncles adventurous streak in food (yet).
SO prepared potato croquettes, which need some time in the fridge to solidify. In between I put the ham on for cooking. As this was a mission and a half we decided to go nerdy and put in thermometers – multiple yes. In the end we used three, killed two of them we think. I put my trust in the mist old fashioned meat thermometer, the one that continued working. Getting the ham out of the pot something as the pot is high, but we managed well.
In the end we made the glazing too and that was poured on at SIL/BIL. Additionally we made, brussels sprouts gratin, vegetable souffle terrine, maizecakes, and some carrots (for the nieces), plus aforementioned potato croquettes and ham. We sort of figured it was a bit much when we saw it all stacked on the kitchenfloor ready for transport. Oh well, we do not mind overfeeding the rellies. So off we went or so we thought.
I’d gone upstairs to get changed, SO just went to get the car from the garage and park in in front of the house. He did but came back with a look on his face that was not a happy one. Our parking and shed are underground in a large communal garage. Given that we live about 4m below sea level you can imagine that the floor of the garage is build at groundwater levels. With the high water levels in waterways (they’ve even started the emergency steam pumping station) and the rain meant that things had not gone according to plan. Our area is about 3-6 mm below the rest of the garage. You know the are where the water flow, lowest point. So our stuff was flooded. Never happened before like this. It was in our shed. about halfway in.
So we called the family saying we’d be late and started getting the water out. We used a scoop to get it into a bucket and were not happy. We moved everything that was on the floor up and discarded cardboard boxes that had drowned. One od our posters that was stored downstairs is a goner. All our other paintings were packed in plastic and thankfully safe, despite the fact that they had stood in a 2 mm layer or water. We took them upstairs into the house though, just to make sure that the plastic could dry without damaging the paintings and prints. One of our neighbours was worse off. His house goes down into the garage area and was flooded indoors. He had a water vacuum cleaner, borrowed from a plumber. He used it to clean his house and that of the neighbour and then we borrowed it. We also cleaned as much as we could from the neighbours area.
Took us about an hour including a crash between SO’s elbow and my head, because we were too busy doing and not watching wat exactly. painful but nothing but my pride damaged. We were knackered, got changed and then went on to the christmas dinner.
To be honest by that stage we would not have minded staying in and remain grumpy because of what happened, but as it turns out being with family was the right thing to do. We had a lovely dinner where MIL/FIL made the starters a prawn cocktail and vegetable broth) then our slightly over the top but certainly well received ham and bits and bobs. and an icecream bombe by BIL/SIL. We were well stuffed afterward. Also cheered up a bit.
Unfortunately when we got home more water had come up in the garage. We’ll check again today