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Christmas August 12, 2017

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Our traditional Christmas theme dinner was held on Monday 5th December 2016, with Kerri hosting and making the dishes together with Jacinta.

Entré

To start, we had maple, honey and spice-based ham with glazed pears.

Mains

The main course was pork, with parmesan & herb potatoes and cherry tomato & broad bean salad.

Dessert

 

There were two amazing desserts: choc-cherry pavlova and Christmas snow-globes.

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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

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

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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.

White Chocolate Ice-cream Pudding with Pistachio Praline (Christmas) December 7, 2014

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Christmas Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (3 of 3)This was the final dessert in our Christmas spread, and is based on this ice cream pudding recipe from Baker’s Corner.

To the icecream mixture I also folded in a raspberry sauce (see below).

Note: the ratio of water to sugar in the praline recipe were incorrect. I made mine with 1 cup of sugar and approx 1/3 cup water. You can stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves but then it must not be stirred.

This made a very sweet icecream – next time I would add the raspberries but without any extra sugar.

Ingredients – Raspberry Sauce

  • Approx half a cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2-3 tbsps water

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved, bring to the boil and stir until liquid is reduced by about a third.
  2. Cool and fold into icecream when adding the white chocolate.

Gluten-free Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (Christmas) December 7, 2014

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Christmas Theme - Kerri's Dessert (2 of 2)One of the highlights of our Christmas spread, this recipe is based on a Southern Buttermilk Spice Cake recipe from About Food.

Instead of brown sugar frosting, it was cream cheese based. Use equal parts cream cheese and butter, with enough icing sugar to get a frosting consistency.

Also, it was made with this gluten-free flour mix, xanthan gum and extra baking powder.

Christmas December 7, 2014

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As is our Christmas tradition (see 2013’s or 2012’s for example), we had a Christmas supper, with Kerri hosting and Jacinta also providing tasty treats on Monday 1st December. No dinner courses – just dessert!

Dessert

Christmas Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (1 of 3) Christmas Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (2 of 3) Christmas Theme - Kerri's Dessert (1 of 2) Christmas Theme - Kerri's Dessert (2 of 2) Christmas Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (3 of 3)

Above you can see the amazing spread of deliciousness. There was Jacinta’s sweet potato tarts and eggnog panna cotta with balsamic raspberries, Kerri’s sugar cookies with raspberry jam and spice cake with cream cheese frosting, and to finish we found room in our tummies for Jacinta’s white chocolate ice cream pudding with pistachio praline.

Candied Citrus Peel (Christmas) January 25, 2014

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Christmas Theme - Andrew's Dessert (2 of 2)This was made for the Christmas supper. and was based on recipes from allrecipes.com and Epicurious.

Ingredients

  • Mandarins
  • Oranges
  • Water
  • White sugar
  • Dark chocolate
  • Caster sugar
  • Dark chocolate

Method

  1. Prepare the peel first. Slice about 1cm off the top and bottom of the fruit, then cut the fruit into eight even vertical segments. Using a very sharp knife, cut the peel away from the pith and fruit so that there is basically just a strip of peel. You may need to “shave” away the pith a couple of times until it’s thin enough.
  2. The next step is blanching the peel, which makes it softer and removes some bitterness. Place the peel into a large saucepan of cold water, and bring to the boil. Place a colander over the sink. As soon as the water reaches boiling point, pour the contents of saucepan into the colander. Blanch the peel twice more, or stop sooner if the peel becomes floppy.
  3. Put 1 cup of white sugar to 1.5 cups of water in a medium-sized saucepan, and heat until the sugar has fully dissolved. (Note that you’ll need to do multiple saucepans for different batches of peel.) Reduce the heat to low, and add the peel to the sugar syrup (it should all be submerged), allowing it to simmer very gently for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the peel turns translucent it is done. If the syrup starts to brown, remove the peel and begin again.
  4. Allow the peel to cool and dry a little on a wire rack for a couple of hours. Then place each segment of peel on a chopping board, and slice into thin strips. At this point you can roll it in either caster sugar or dip it in melted chocolate.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Christmas-spiced Baklava (Christmas) January 25, 2014

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Christmas Theme - Andrew's Dessert (1 of 2)This was made for the Christmas supper. The original recipe is from here (based a Donna Hay recipe), however there were some changes:

  • Instead of walnuts, hazelnuts were used.
  • Instead of ground cinnamon, mixed spice was used.
  • A quartered glace cherry was placed on top of each piece.

Irish-creme Liqueur (Christmas) January 24, 2014

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Christmas Theme - Laura's DrinksThis was made for the Christmas supper. It comes from the Australian Women’s Weekly Christmas cookbook (2008).

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1.5 tablespoons chocolate topping
  • 350mL Irish whiskey
  • 460mL cream
  • 395g (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon coconut essence

Method

  1. In a large jug, dissolve the instant coffee into the boiling water, add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  2. Keep in air-tight (sterilised) bottles for up to six months in fridge.

Makes 1.25 litres.

Coconut Truffle Snowmen (Christmas) January 24, 2014

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Christmas Theme - Laura's DessertThis was made for the Christmas supper. It comes from the Australian Women’s Weekly Christmas cookbook (2008).

Ingredients

  • 360g white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons Malibu
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 3 unsalted pistachios
  • 9 dried cranberries

Method

  1. Roughly chop the white chocolate. Place it in a small saucepan with cream and Malibu and stir over a low heat until smooth.
  2. Remove mixture from heat, pour into a container and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  3. Make six balls made from 2 teaspoons of mixture each, and six bigger balls from 3 teaspoons of mixture each, then six large balls from a tablespoon of mixture each. Place these on a tray and refrigerate again until truffles are firm.
  4. To make the snowmen, roll ruffles in coconut. Then stack three different sized balls to form snowmen. Secure with wooden toothpicks to  keep them in shape. Use pieces of pistachio for nodes and pieces of cranberries for eyes. Ribbon can be used to make scarves.

Makes 6 snowmen.