... and so it begins
The Christmas china is out - well, the mugs have been in use for a couple of weeks now but the rest came out this morning.
Nothing like having your porridge [ oatmeal ] in a seasonally appropriate bowl
This afternoon, David and I got stuck into the first of the edibles:
namely the mini Christmas puds...
the simplest Christmas 'recipe' ever
and just in case there's a deprived individual out there who's never had these yummy little comestibles, here's the 'how-to':
First drive or walk to the supermarket and buy the cheapest no-name generic brand Light Fruit Cake, 200 -250 grams of white cooking chocolate and some glace cherries ...
every year I put the leftover cherries up the top of the pantry in some sort of sealed container and the following December I inspect the remains, determine that they aren't fit for human consumption and go buy more. So if you need any you know where to find 'em.
Once you're home again, clear the decks, and assemble a sharp knife and a mixing bowl. Oh, and a half cup measuring cup.
The first bit's sooooooooooo difficult :]
open the package and crumble the cake into the bowl
Add a half cup [ imperial ] of orange juice, brandy or a half/half mixture of the two. Mush it up well.
Around here it's juice because I'm too cheap to go out and buy a bottle of plonk that I won't drink when OJ does just as well
Roll into small balls - maybe an inch in diameter
pop into the fridge for half an hour or so to firm up
when you're ready to proceed, chop the glace cherries [ red and green ] into very very small pieces
This is the fiddly bit and also where I take over for obvious reasons
Then melt the white chocolate gently in the microwave or over a double boiler
Now you have to move fast before it sets again
Drizzle a small amount on top of your puds and place one red and two green cherry pieces on top [ it's supposed to look like holly ]
I'd strongly recommend doing them in batches of about a dozen at a time unless you are superhumanly fast !
I've also seen these done with white icing [ frosting] instead of the chocolate but I like the choc ones best
Anyway that's it. Done !