Wet, wet, wet.

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

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About Gilraen

My blog is simply about my life. I moved countries for the first time in 1993. I lived in the Netherlands, UK and NZ. The initial idea was to keep my overseas friends up-to-date with what was going on in my life. The blog, like me, is always changing and evolving.
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8 Responses to Wet, wet, wet.

  1. draliman says:

    Oh no, sounds like a bit of a nightmare. I’m lucky enough to live away from any rivers but I know that many people in Cornwall (and elsewhere in Britain) were flooded out of their homes on Christmas day.
    I’m glad that you enjoyed the main part of the day and that the ham worked out!

    • Gilraen says:

      It was not the most cheerful christmas find ever no. But really nothing much you can change about it. I’ve been hearing a lot about the floods as well. Pretty horrific. Our mini flood is minor compared to that. Nothing but a headache, nursing that one at present 🙂

  2. Hope you didn’t come home to more flooding – it really sounds awful. But your Christmas meal sounds very successful so well done you! And I hope a flood free New Year

    • Gilraen says:

      Yes there is more wzter in the garage, but the good thing is that it is no longer coming in. Our shed is still the lowest point though and it is not moving out. SO tried, but it is a bit of a mission. Now everything is high enough it is a nuisance, not a problem anymore.
      Highest point in the rivers is tonight, so we should be OK for a while now.

  3. Oh I’m so sorry to hear this. However having met you both and having read your blog over time I get the distinct impression that you are both copers – folk who get on with it. Can I just say that the food sounds woooooonderful 🙂

    • Gilraen says:

      Food was great and we were quite proud of what we made.
      Oh yes we’ll manage, Got everyting up from the floor and at least things are safe. Just waiting form things to dry out. Then we’ll decide the next steps. Nothing much else we can do 🙂

  4. miekje says:

    We also had a glazed ham! Different recipe but great flavours. Ours was only 800 grammes, a baby one. Served with pineapple slices roasted in the glaze, roast potatoes and cauliflower gratin. We even had some ham left over for sandwiches we made for on the Eurostar 🙂
    Your story makes me want to rush to our garage, which is about 1.5 miles away from our house. Good luck with it all.

    • Gilraen says:

      Sounds wonderful. We had so much ham left over! Still some in the fridge. Most of the left overs were snacks on new years’ eve.
      The garage has dried out now. Next is sorting stuff out with the owners committee to get the joints where the groundwater comes up repaired. But at least it is dry again.

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