Christmas Treats

Stuff I Made for Christmas

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Well, it’s over! Christmas is done and it’s time to start planning food for New Year’s Eve.

This isn’t going to be a long post at all nor will it provide recipes (except for the rocky road) as I have provided the recipes for most of these before…but I will tell you that the Christmas Cake is a Nigella Lawson one and can be found in her “Nigella Christmas” book – it’s to die for (the cake – not the book although the book is pretty special too)…with cocoa and Tia Maria, it has to be the best fruit cake I have ever tasted.

The Christmas Tree ice cream cake was a hit with the kids – young and old –  home made vanilla ice cream with green food colouring – and the Greek Shortbread recipe has previously been posted (way back at Easter…my fist blog post, I think!)

The Rocky Road is something I have been making for years and am not really sure of quantities but it’s around 200g milk chocolate – 75g dark chocolate – 25g butter – 50g mini marshmallows (pink and white) – 100g macadamia nuts – 25g dried cranberries – 50g shortbread biscuits (cut into bite sized pieces)…Melt chocolate and butter – combine marshmallows, crushed macadamia nuts & shortbreads as well as cranberries and add to melted chocolate. Pour into pan and chill for at least 2 hours – awesome!!!

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Christmas Day was lovely and personally, I don’t think I over indulged (in food or alcohol) – a first for me!

Boxing Day was an altogether different story – lots of great left overs and the Vodka and Pomegranate was being poured by 11am – now that is me!!!

Hope it was a great one for everyone – Happy New Year to all 🙂

Awesome Rocky Road!

Awesome Rocky Road!

Home made ice cream cake - so much fun!

Home made ice cream cake – so much fun!

Christmas fruit Cake with Cocoa and Tia Maria

Christmas fruit Cake with Cocoa and Tia Maria

Walnut Shortbreads with Icing Sugar

Walnut Shortbreads with Icing Sugar

Make it Chocolate Please!

Chocolate Brownies

Monday is an unusual night for me to get home, cook dinner then bake something. No matter what my head thinks I should do or would like to do, my ass keeps dragging itself (and the rest of me) to the couch. My head kept telling me to go for a run, as exercise has been seriously lacking in my life lately…but my ass said “No!”…  and considering the aforementioned lack of exercise, my ass’ voice is gaining volume by the minute.

As if a chocolate conspiracy had mounted an all out attack on me, my partner casually dropped the “I feel like something for dessert and it needs to be chocolate” bomb and there I was, pulling out what I needed for these delish brownies! My ass it seems, responds favourably to chocolate brownies but not going for a run – funny that innit considering how fast it got itself off the couch and to the pantry!

This is based on a Donna Hay recipe but I used dark muscovado sugar instead of plain brown sugar and added chunks of  dark chocolate to the top of the mixture before baking – as if this wasn’t rich enough!

Damn! I wish I were that rich!

So they were delish and I only had one…and that’s the truth!

Ingredients

250g butter, chopped

200g dark chocolate

1 3/4 cups dark muscovado sugar (or brown sugar)

4 eggs

1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted

1 1/4 cups plain flour (all purpose flour), sifted

1/4 tspn baking powder

Extra chocolate chunks

Method

Preheat oven to 160C (325F). Place the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth. Allow to cool slightly.

Place the sugar, eggs, cocoa, flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add the chocolate mixture and mix until combined.

Pour into a 20cm square tin lined with non – stick baking paper. Roughly chop chunks of chocolate, all different sizes and scatter over the top of the brownie mixture.

Bake for 40 – 50 mins or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before slicing.

My ass' best friend!

My ass’ best friend!

 

 

 

Happy 100th

Lamb with Pomegranate and Coriander Served with Chargrilled Veg, Feta and Flaked Almonds…Turkish Delight Syllabub for Dessert.

Happy 100th to me!

When I started this blog, one of my biggest fears was not that my food would look terrible, nor was it the fear of no one liking my blog…it was the fear of typos!

So, I called my blog ‘pantryobession,’ At first I thought I was being rather clever as I am very much obsessed with my pantry being well stocked…but then I realised with horror that one typo and I would be forever known as ‘pantyobsession’ – not that there is anything wrong with being obsessed with panties…or is there? I don’t know!…and if I was obsessed with panties, that would be an entirely different type of blog and any food used in that blog, would not be for eating…just sayin.’

You have no idea how carefully I type the name of my blog…

It occurred to me whilst driving this morning that this should be a very special post. I began to formulate a post in my head, full of wit and charm and indeed I made myself smile, laugh out loud even, at the whimsical style of the words which would grace this page…and then I got home, unpacked the groceries and forgot everything!

Oh well, same old style I guess!

I’ve had an amazing time posting and have been exposed to some wonderfully inspiring people and food. There’s so much good shit going on out there! It’s been awesome to be a part of it.

If you’ve been reading, you will know of my deep love for Nigella Lawson. Tonight’s meal was one of her recipes or should I say, one that she could easily have stolen from my mother. You see, Nigella wasn’t the one who ignited my love for food, and great ingredients and cooking – my mum did that and for that I love her dearly. Nigella just cooked very similar food to my mother and she confirmed time and time again, cooking methods and combinations of flavours and how to enjoy food without stressing over it, as my mother had done.

So, how could my 100th post not pay homage to two great women and wonderful cooks? It simply could not be any other way for me.

Almost forgot to tell you what we had…Lamb with Pomegranate seeds bashed over the top and the juice squeezed all over the lamb and topped with coriander. Served with chargrilled zucchini and baby bell peppers with crumbled feta cheese and flaked toasted almonds and finally for dessert we had a Turkish Delight Syllabub…with Cointreau, rose water, orange blossom water, lemon juice, sugar and double cream and it was simply wonderful!

Thank you to all you crazy bloggers who have followed, commented and liked my blog. It’s been great fun and inspiring! I’m looking forward to whatever happens next in this virtual food world of ours.

Turkish Delight Syllabub and Lamb recipe can be found in Nigella’s book “Nigella Bites” … Enjoy!

Just wonderful

Just wonderful

Chargrilled Veg are the best

Chargrilled Veg are the best

That's me plated up

That’s me plated up

OMG!!!

OMG!!!