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…