Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Christmas baking has taken my kitchen by storm, and I’ve already started testing recipes for preserves and chutneys to give as gifts. I’ve made red onion marmalade before, and it has always been very well received. A deliciously sweet, yet savoury preserve that is perfect in cheese sandwiches, or dolloped on your morning eggs.

(more…)

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Ah, Christmas! It’s my first Daring Bakers Challenge and I am so excited that it’s a Gingerbread House! Woo! But it’s also a daunting challenge considering a quick Google can bring up the most incredible structures (Exhibit A).  So, I went for a rather simple house plan (I got my templates here (top of the list)) which made things alot easier than attempting to design this house myself!  I used joint Challenge-Setter Y’s recipe (which is a recipe by Beatrice Ojakanga from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book).

(more…)

Read Full Post »

A yummy last-minute alternative to the traditional Christmas cake.  Quick, easy and delicious.
(more…)

Read Full Post »

Another great foodie Christmas gift and they are so easy to make. And they look (and taste) alot better than that crappy photo above would suggest. Santa is on his way with a shiny new camera – things will look alot more enticing after Christmas! The list of steps in this recipe make it look like alot of hassle but it really isn’t. Just keep a watch on the clock when they’re in the oven. This is a recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, (with a much better picture) with the Christmassy additon of cranberries. I got about 70 biscotti from this recipe.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Homemade foodie treats make really great Christmas presents. My good friend, the great and fabulous Catherine, and I have decided to make little food hampers for friends and family this year and, with a bit of planning, this can be an inexpensive way to tick a few names of the buy-for list (and earn some kudos for your culinary skills!).

Chutneys really aren’t much effort to make and can be prepared well in advance of Christmas, or the week before if that’s all the time you have. Wash and keep any suitable jars you come across during the year – smaller is better in this case. If the jars are big, you are just making work for yourself! A quick search of eBay will give you all you need: plastic covers for the jars (and rubber bands to hold them in place), squares of coloured gingham and some rafia twine (or ribbon or whatever you can get your hands on). We printed our own labels, but you can easily buy plain or christmassy labels for your gifts. The recipe I used here is Nigella Lawson’s from How to be a Domestic Goddess.

(more…)

Read Full Post »