The break so far has not been great in terms of enough sleep or reading,* but it certainly has afforded me some time to try out some new recipes and mess around in the kitchen. So I made Christmas dinner, and the turkey wasn't quite as good as last year, but the sausagemeat stuffing (first time trying that) was really rather tasty. I also made some Jamie Oliver recipes - jerk ham (fabulous), homemade mulled wine (far too sweet - I think a smaller amount of sugar syrup and no vanilla pod next time), and some truffles with an experimental mix of ginger wine, cardamom and allspice - they were tasty, but I need to work on my presentation, certainly. Which is true for my life in general, I suspect.
* I've managed to re-read Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones' Diary, which is much sharper and darker than I remembered and much, much, much less like the film than I remembered. They toned down all the bigotry of Bridgets' relatives (a lot of casual racism that seems pretty realistic), and really toned down how integral her friends are to the book and indeed how little Mark Darcy really is in that book. So there you are.