Wednesday, 24 December 2014
I think this looks beautiful as a centre piece for the Christmas table. A collection of red fruits and dates would be enough, but I mixed mine with some golden glass fruits which were a bargain find in a second hand shop recently and a painted gold orange. A little greenery looks good too. Maybe a candle in the middle for the evening? The bonus being you can snack on it every time you pass.
Happy Christmas to everyone who has followed my blog this year. I haven't been as frequent with my posts. There are times when I wonder why I'm doing it, but even for my own reminder of recipes I find it useful. I hope there are others out there who do too. So for the moment I'll keep going, so keep reading.
Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year. x
Thursday, 18 December 2014
In the Jar:
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
95 g plain flour
35 g cocoa
75 g plain flour
135 g brown sugar
150 g sugar
100 g chocolate chips
100g white chocolate chips
50 g walnuts or pecans (optional)
150g melted butter
3 beaten eggs
Layer the dry ingredients in a one litre jar, following the order above, from top, starting with the baking powder and flour. Press each layer down before adding the next. The amounts given should exactly fill a one litre jar.
Give to your friend :) Remember to include a tag with the following instructions
For the tag: Combine the contents of the jar with 150g melted butter and 3 beaten eggs. Mix well, and pour into a lined 9 x 9 inch tin. Bake at Gas 4 / 180 C (160 fan) / 350 F for 25-35 minutes.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Looking through my faithful Delia Smith, Christmas book, I was reminded of this lovely chutney which I used to make every Christmas. That was a time before children when I used to make a lot of my Christmas gifts. There is nothing difficult or time consuming about it, so I decided to make some yesterday with the thought of presents on my mind.
The mixture filled 3 bonne maman jars, those jars come in very handy. Add a luggage label and a ribbon and voila.
400g no-soak dried apricots
1 tsp whole coriander seeds
225g soft brown sugar
425ml cider vinegar
1 chopped onion
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 chopped cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
½ tsp of cayenne pepper
grated zest and juice of an orange
Cut the apricot into small pieces. Heat the coriander seeds in a dry frying pan, then bash them in a pestle and mortar until ligthly crushed. Put everything together into a large stainless steel saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer half-covered for 45 minutes or so. You want soft onions and fruit, but you don't want it too thick, and it will carry on thickening as it cools. Rather like a liquid jam.
Spoon into sterilised jars. It's best kept for a month before eating, and is a perfect accompaniment with cheese and cold cuts of meat.