I have come to the conclusion that there are two approaches to most things: mine and that of the rest of the world.
Naturally I wonder how so many people can be so wrong.
I'm a marathon kind of person. No I don't run them.
I like to get everything organized then do vast quantities of the same stuff.
When we lived in the U.S. and still did that whole 'gazillion Christmas presents to our thousand closest friends and family and spent the GNP of 2 small countries' bit, I did all of the wrapping (and yes, I did fancy wrapping) on one exhausting weekend; all day; both days. If it didn't get in the queue for wrapping then, it didn't get wrapped. (We don't do presents any longer. We do food, wine and one wee holiday.)
Some people would make a loaf of Cranberry bread to enjoy; then, perhaps, make a Pumpkin bread some evening when they had a few free minutes.
I spend all day in the kitchen, make 8 of each and freeze them. If I'm going to the effort of getting everything out (as in, out of the cabinets; whew, such an effort!) I like to make it worth my while.
The same with Christmas cookies. I used to spend an entire weekend making 8 or 10 different kinds. Now, knowing that we can/shouldn't possibly eat them all, I limit myself to 3 kinds.
I still allocate my time efficiently enough that I'm scrambling to get the last batch out of the oven before dinner.
What's that you say? Start in the morning? Don't be foolish.
I calculate in my head how long it will take me, then work backwards from the latest possible finish time to get my start time. Then I delay starting for 20 minutes, to make it interesting. Pressure, remember?
Susan, from Food Blogga is hosting a Christmas Cookie Party.
I posted these recipes earlier in the month and promised the photos this weekend.
I baked yesterday; late yesterday, of course,
To start with I have one new recipe.
After much negotiation, mon mari convinced me to give up one of my chocolate favorites so he could have his absolute most favorite ever.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar (icing / confectioner's sugar)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
1. Cream 1st 3 ingredients
2. Pat firmly into 8 inch (20cm) square pan, building up edges a bit
3. Bake at 350F (180C) for 20 minutes
4. Beat rest of ingredients together until frothy
5. Pour over crust and bake 25 minutes longer, just until no imprint remains when touched lightly in center.
On the left of my little Christmas plate, are the
Ginger Chocolate Chip.
On the right are the Peanut Butter Oatmeal.
Both recipes are on my first Christmas Cookie post.
On to other loose ends:
I did part of the Seasoned Eatings recap in my last post but had not yet made the recipe that Val, of More than Burnt Toast, sent to me, along with the lovely Ice Wine.
Now I have.
My first handmade chocolate truffles! (Sprains shoulder patting self on back...pat,pat,pat)
The three rather perfect-looking ones are what's left of the ready-made samples Val sent.
The rest, incredibly delicious looking truffles, I shaped with my very own hands.
6oz (180gr) good, dark, chocolate (I used 72%)
1/2 (125ml) cup whipping cream
2 tbs (30ml) ice wine
finely chopped almonds
good cocoa powder
Finely chop the chocolate. Heat the cream to boiling and pour over the chocolate, stirring until all chocolate is melted. Stir in wine. Cover surface with film and freeze for 2 hours.
Scoop into small ball with melon baller. Freeze again for 10 minutes. Roll in almonds, then cocoa.
Want to know what I had for breakfast this morning?
Yup, 3 cookies (1 of each) and 2 ice wine truffles washed down with a cup of rich dark hot chocolate. I thought bran flakes would be over-doing it….
Still a few days left to bear your foodie soul. Search your closet/pantry for skeletons. Remember, confession is good. It can, but doesn't have to, be an actual recipe. It could just be the description of the, um, food or a story of the, um, event; holiday related or not….
Really, any dirty little secret you feel like sharing! You have until Christmas to post – the round-up will be just before Dec. 31. The usual rules: post, link to me, send me an e-mail with permalink. Click for details!
Come on, tell! Share the pain…you'll feel better! And so will we!