It’s been a crazy week.. came down with the flu and all my planned uploads went for a toss! Lesson to learn never plan 🙂 Just do it…So today was a marathon session in the kitchen. It is after all Christmas Eve and there’s so much to do…It started with baking these super delicious buttery cheese, rosemary and buttermilk scones. Would go perfect with the bacon and cranberry jam I planned to make later in the evening.
It’s been a year since I had my first mulled wine in Europe and I so miss not spending Christmas there. We travelled through Paris and parts of Germany and I must say it was the best holiday I’ve ever had. Nostalgia pushed me into the kitchen and there i was looking up recipes to create a mulled wine that would go well with the Potato Salad, Bratwurst and Sauerkraut I had decided to make for dinner.
All this week I have been pulling out trays after trays of gorgeous rich cookies that have been distributed all over town. Sadly apart from tasting them, my husband hasn’t really had his share of the goodies. Ours is an insulin-dependent household and this cookie recipe has been created specially for him.
When I read this recipe thanks to Pinterest, I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out. It had crackers, caramel, chocolate and almonds! Sounded delicious enough to try out, what i however didn’t expect is the completely blow-your-mind-out crunch, texture, taste and flavour. The salt from the biscuit base enhanced the flavours of the chocolate and the caramel added that perfect crunch! Truly an amazing find. Also make loads of these, they get wiped out faster than it takes to put them together.
I was putting together a Christmas basket for a friend’s dad, when I realised i have nothing chocolaty in it! It had your Gingerbread Men, Rocky Roads, Beer Flavoured Caremalised Onion Jam, Sweet Bacon Bites and a bottle of Fresh Herb Mix for the roasted chicken, but nothing with my favourite ingredient.
The last time I made these crunchy chocolate biscuits, I bought ready-made biscuits, but this time I had a ready stock of my star shaped short crust cookies.
As a child I would make sure I was taken to all the places that would host gingerbread houses. I was in awe of the magnificent structures, some made with sugar, some from candies and still others from cookies. It was a human marvel. And then came Santa, the big man with a red clothes, a flowy white beard with a bagful of lovely gifts. He charmed me off my two little pink boots. I hated growing up and losing Santa to reality. But the love for the gingerbread man only grew with time. And then I learnt to bake these wholesome warm and crisp cookies on my own. The best day of my life!
This time the first batch of cookies was baked for a niece and nephew’s Christmas party. It was a Saturday afternoon in the first week of December, when the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves emerged from the oven as the cookies started to crisp up. And then came the pleasure of icing the gingerbread men and giving them some colour and style to meet the kiddies pleasure.
No sooner does the month of December roll in, than the mood starts to get all festive. The clothes gets warmer and brighter, the kitchen has a brand new aroma wafting through it, rolls of cinnamon and orange peel take up kitchen space, the consumption of butter goes higher and the waistline forgets the 20s….The greens, reds, silvers and whites adorn the dining table and the cookie boxes never look dull, boring or healthy 🙂 My life revolves around my love for cooking. And as I love to bake and grill, there’s no better time than Christmas to pop the best bakes out of my oven.