CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…29th November-5th December…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas …


Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… it is going to be a busy few weeks… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…X…

Even Santa’s checking out my blog and probably thinking he has got to get the elves to rewrap the presents so they are environmentally friendly …He knows those kids are on the ball…

All my Christmas goodies are now cooked and being fed, sweet mincemeat, Christmas pud and Christmas cake this year…I used a Nigella recipe this year instead of my tried and tested recipe…so far it smells and looks good…

The Recipe…just in case you haven’t made yours yet…

  • 775gm mixed fruits of your choice I used raisins, sultanas and a few cranberries.
  • 175gm butter
  • 250gm brown sugar
  • 250gm pureed chestnuts
  • 125ml dark rum
  • Juice and  zest of an orange
  • Juice and zest of a lemon…I used Lime(2)
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 250gm plain flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spice

Put the fruits, butter, brown sugar, chestnut puree, rum and orange and lime juice and zest in a pan, heat and simmer for 10 minutes allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Then add beaten eggs, flour and spices stir to combine.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake on 150C/33F FOR 1 3/4 hours. The cake should have a slightly cracked top and the tester will be a little sticky…Spoon over 3 tbsp of rum let it sink in cool and rewrap.

Repeat the brandy twice until a week before Christmas to allow the cake to dry before adding marzipan and icing.

Let’s see what this week started with…None other than Chocolate Mousse …well it doesn’t get better than that then does it?

It does seem that there is a day for everything and some of them are pretty silly…I also think that National Food Days should show a genuine civic engagement instead of greedy corporate interests.

There are however some exceptions and chocolate mousse is one of them…

Tuesday: The Christmas Recipe was Gravy…

Gravy can be made in so many ways…you can deglaze the meat pan and make your gravy which is quick and easy and the way I make mine most times…or it can be made extra special for Christmas and I think we all love just to have that little bit of decadence at Christmas and why not with an extra special gravy…

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a little twist…(a-la-cardinaL)

Culinary terms/food ending in L…was quite easy…Pete was on a roll as well…I think he is secretly enjoying this challenge especially when it taxes my grey matter like the letter V is…Pop over and say hello to him as he has some lovely thoughts on being grateful even after the year most of us have experienced. #recommended read.

Thursday: #A Christmas Special #A Vegetarian Menu.

The first of my special Christmas menus today was a vegetarian menu…Next week it is a traditional Christmas Menu and the week after A menu for 1…

Fruity Friday…does Christmas with Chestnuts…

Are Chestnuts a fruit?

YES, they are!

If we want to be correct and proper most nuts are the seeds of a fruit, but true nuts such as chestnuts, acorns and hazelnuts are fruits in and as of themselves…Peanuts are the exception as they are legumes and therefore technically a vegetable…A source of plant-based protein they have many health benefits…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Archives – The 13 Trolls of Christmas! by Carol Taylor

Sally has shared one of my favourite Christmas posts…The 13 trolls who were really naughty boys, their mother, however, was even scarier, a lovely Christmas memory of mine and one of my favourite Christmas Carol’s,,, Silent Night which has been recorded many times… so much so I find it hard to narrow it down to an absolute favourite …you will find out in Saturday Snippets which ones are my favourite versions…Thank you once again, Sally you are an absolute star for sharing this post…Hugs xx

Saturday Snippets:

Christmas is coming and fast…I love all the Christmas tales and trivia…My cake, pudding and mincemeat are all done…This year as my Nigella bread was/is so successful I decided to deviate from my normal cake recipe and follow Nigellas Christmas cake recipe…This one contained chestnut puree I will let you know of course when it’s cut how it tastes but it looks and smells good and getting fed(Brandy)…

Now we are in December you can safely say that Saturday Snippets will have a sort of festive theme to it…No surprises there…If you have Christmas Jumpers you like to share with us I, of course, have a corner for those…any Christmas favourites I am happy to put in “The Christmas Corner”…so don’t be shy ..share away…

That’s all for my weekly roundup a little longer this week…Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe and well …xx

18 thoughts on “CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…29th November-5th December…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas …

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    Oh wow Carol what festive feast a delightful post. Live Christmas pud, my gran used to make it in the days of sixpences 😊 and the lucky person who got it in their serving.
    Thank you for sharing these recipes Carol.
    I chicken out at making them. But like the more expensive ones lol from M&S 😉 and they also last and are great the following year lol.
    Have a wonderful holiday season and happy baking and cresting. 💕💜💚💕🎁⛄🎄

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sue…I love that you have a lovely memory of your grans puddings and I remember the sixpences as well…I hope you have a wonderful festive season and a very happy Christmas…Stay safe and well 🙂 xx

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  2. OIKOS™-Editorial

    If the elves ever will visit you blog, Carol, they will never again leave, and Santa has to hire new camerades. What another great round up, with so many wonderful thing making Christmas much more funny. Thank you, Carol! Have a beautiful week! Michael

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  3. Cathy Cade

    I used to have a cookbook of historic recipes (now with my son) which included a recipe for mincemeat using minced meat (which is how it started off – preserving the meat longer in sugar and masking its flavour when it went off.
    I was so disappointed when it tasted exactly like the stuff I bought in jars.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I was aware of the origins of mincemeat how ever how lovely to have had a cookbook of historic recipes my oldest one is a really old Mrs Beetons, cookbook…Interesting though , Cathy to hear that using meat preserved in sugar that the taste was the same.

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