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Festive Punch (Christmas) December 24, 2015

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Christmas Theme - Pam's Drink (1 of 2)This was one of the drinks for the Christmas dinner. This was a mixture of a couple of recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1.5 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale
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Christmas December 24, 2015

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On Monday 14th December, we had our traditional Christmas-themed get together. Unlike previous years, where we solely made Christmas sweets and nibblies, this was a full Christmas dinner. Franca hosted, and cooked together with Pam.

Entré and Drinks

Christmas Theme - Pam's Drink (1 of 2) Christmas Theme - Pam's Drink (2 of 2) Christmas Theme - Franca's Entree

To help get us into the Christmas spirit(s), Pam served some appropriate drinks: a festive punch and Christmas pudding vodka. A little while after, we then begun the meal proper with Franca’s watermelon and fetta salad (note how the melon is in the shape of stars).

Mains

Christmas Theme - Pam's Main Christmas Theme - Franca's Main (1 of 3)Christmas Theme - Franca's Main (3 of 3) Christmas Theme - Franca's Main (2 of 3)

The main course was a joint affair. Pam made a delicious roast pork belly, and Franca made us garlic bread, roast lamb and a mulled wine gravy.

Dessert

Christmas Theme - Franca's Dessert Christmas Theme - Pam's Dessert

To conclude, Franca served up a pumpkin-spice cheese cake, and Pam presented us with a passionfruit, lychee and coconut yule log.

Frozen Champagne Mousse With Mini-Meringues, Champagne Truffles and Orange Segments (Champagne) December 23, 2015

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Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (2 of 2)This dessert platter was the final part of the Champagne Dinner.

Meringues

The recipe is based on Nigella’s basic meringue.

I added approx 1 tbsp of finely grated orange zest after all the sugar had been incorporated. I also piped mine onto trays rather than using a spoon. These meringues were the best part of the dessert and I will make again.

Champagne Mousse

The recipe comes from SprinkleBakes blog.

I didn’t love the texture. Probably wouldn’t make again or if I did I wouldn’t freeze it.

Champagne Truffles

The recipe is from Martha Stewart.

I replaced cognac with Cointreau. I also found that the truffles kept absorbing the sugar so they didn’t look as lovely as those on the web – tasted good though!

 

Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (Champagne) December 23, 2015

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Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (1 of 2)This was part of the dessert in the Champagne dinner.

I looked at heaps of recipes online for these cupcakes but this was the one I settled on because it used whole eggs rather than egg whites. I also made it with gluten free flour. The batter looked and smelled delicious but they were pretty hard and dense and not light and fluffy like I had hoped once they were cooked – perhaps that’s why most other recipes used egg whites or perhaps it was the gluten free flour. Either way, I’m not in a rush to make these again.

Champagne December 23, 2015

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On Monday 2nd November (the night before the Melbourne Cup), Laura hosted the Champagne dinner. Laura did the savoury courses and Jacinta made the sweet ones.

Entré

Champagne Theme - Laura's Entree (1 of 2) Champagne Theme - Laura's Entree (2 of 2)

To begin the meal, Laura served us champagne chicken liver pate, and Nigella’s champagne risotto.

Main

Champagne Theme - Laura's Main (1 of 2) Champagne Theme - Laura's Main (2 of 2)

Laura’s main course was chicken with champagne and mushroom sauce and a delicious champagne and strawberry salad.

Dessert

Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (1 of 2) Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (2 of 2)

To conclude the meal, Jacinta made champagne cupcakes with strawberry frosting and a dessert platter of frozen champagne mousse with mini meringues and truffles.