christmas

Sophie’s Surprises (Ginger scented truffles)

This is another of Mum’s truffle recipes, see the post below for more, oh and the one below that!  These are truffles for your more mature audience.  The ginger makes a big statement.  A big christmassy statement!  I love em!

Double the lot I think.  And not just for Christmas, these are great with coffee and would be lovely after dinner.

1/2 packet of gingernuts, 1/4 cup icing sugar, 1/2 cup coconut, 150g cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of sherry (or green ginger wine), 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 100g preserved ginger, 150g of good dark chocolate (Whitakers if you live in NZ please)

Crush the biscuits in the food processor, add the icing sugar and whizz again.  Pour into a bowl and add the coconut, cream cheese, sherry and the ground ginger.  Wet your hands and roll the mixture into small balls and put into the fridge until they are firm.  Roll the balls in the melted chocolate and set on baking paper.

 

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Christmas truffles of minty goodness

Photos will follow later but this recipe is an urgent request from my daughter, hopefully tonight I’ll get the full complement of Christmas goodies on here. Poor blog, lying fallow for so long.

Oddfellow Truffles

1 packet of chocolate thin biscuits

1 packet of oddfellow pepperments

1 tin condensed milk

Before starting you need to realise that oddfellows are hard.  Very hard.  Very not good for your processor blade.  I will not take responsibility for any blades which are damaged (as mine was last year).  Crush the biscuits in the food processor, then crush the oddfellows.  Take out of the processor and examine the poor blade and say to yourself “well this is how you must suffer in the name of Christmas and scrumminess, sorry blade”  Add the condensed milk and mix.  Roll the balls in coconut (or be decadent and roll them in dark chocolate) and dribble white icing over the top (or white chocolate)

Posh Nosh and the asethetics of plating!

The always elegant Emily Duncan recently posted this on her FB page.  I believe it to be stupendous, and one of the vital things one must think about at this time of year.  Plating – Christmas it is all about the look of the food isn’t it rather than the actual taste?  Or not.  Anyway here is the vastly superior  Hon. Simon and Minty Marchmont offering helpful and not at all snarky advice on how to plate aesthetically.

Stars Richard E. Grant and Arabella Weir. Aired February 25, 2003

You know it’s Christmas when …

Love Actually is on the telly.  It makes me cry, every time.  I know, pathetic, but it’s one of my faves.  I really love the opening and the ending.  Here is the script of the very start.

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world,

I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport.

General opinion makes out that we live in a world of hatred and greed

I don't see that.

Seems to me that love is everywhere.

Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy but it's always there.

Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives,

boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.

When the planes hit the Twin Towers,

none of the phone calls from people on board were messages of hate or revenge,

hey were all messages of love.

lf you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.'