To prolong that festive holiday feeling we went to the cinema en famille yesterday. It's rare that we can find a film that Mum, Dad, two teenage boys and our 8-year-old 'extra girly, fashion loving, happily-ever-after-seeking' daughter all want to see - but this time we had the perfect candidate ... Paddington. It was a wonderful mixture of cute, funny, magical, nostalgic, a bit Christmassy, not too schmultzy. Completely, definitely my new favourite film.
It's a film -
- about how a pair of dust busters can save your life,
- which features the glorious Julie Walters 'not being surprised at anything since the invention of the microwave',
- which introduces the game of playing Top Trumps with the ingredients list on a packet of your favourite biscuits,
- which reminds us of the importance of always having emergency rations under your hat ... BIG hat = BIG rations,
- starring Nicole Kidman as a leopard-skin-wearing, evil cat burglar taxidermist,
- headlining marmalade sandwiches ... and the occasional meat paste ones.
But most crucially, it's a film about home and the importance of being made to feel welcome in a new home - 'in London nobody's alike, which means everyone fits in' ... that gets top marks for a beautiful sentiment from me.
Oh yes, and it's also a film about how every family should have a Marmalade Day once a year.
So from 'marmaladeandme' to you - here's my interpretation of a Marmalade Day ... Find someone you love and watch the Paddington movie together. Then when it's over and you are feeling as warm and fuzzy as a bear after a blow-dry, indulge in this Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding to complete a perfect, chocolate box experience ... it's made with Paddington-worthy marmalade sandwiches after all.
And here's how to make this Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding -
- First, make marmalade sandwiches
- Whisk together a cream, egg, sugar mix
- Pour the mix over the sandwiches
- Top the sandwiches with mixed peel and grated orange rind for orangey crunchiness
- Pop it in the oven
- Once cooked you get a puffy, creamy base with a crispy, golden, citrus topping. Heaven.
This is an ideal festive leftovers dish too. Leftover turkey is a given, but I also always have a supply of other leftovers -
- mixed peel - from Christmas cake & pud
- cream - from always thinking that we'll use more than we actually do. Note : You'll see from the recipe that the pudding itself doesn't use much cream but I can say with confidence that you will pour SO much cream over this when you are eating it. Trust me - I'm not a cream person but with this dessert, it's impossible to avoid.
- white sliced bread - it's the only way to go for a turkey sarnie and once it's gone past its best, the last few slices need a new use for sure.
There are loads of things that I love about this Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding -
- It's very quick and easy to make.
- Stale bread never tasted so good.
- It freezes surprisingly well. Pop it in the freezer before cooking (at the end of stage 5) then defrost before cooking.
- It's also particularly yummy served at room temperature. I wasn't expecting this either. True story.
- And perhaps most importantly, it's the first recipe on this blog to include marmalade. Now that alone, must make it worth giving it a go ...