As we muddle through our lives on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, there are always certain times when we are brought closer together, through our experiences. I feel closest to you when I am cutting my boys’ hair, making pastry, going for a walk… And making the Christmas pudding. I have found a silver lining to our distance from each other, and that is that I have had to figure out a way to get the wrapping tight without a second helper…
You merely need to place the elastic band around the parchment paper, then tie the string while it is nice and well-behaved. After cooking, place the elastic band again and restring, or wait until Christmas time and do the string then.