gingerbread men for Sylvia's class Christmas party. We kept a few of the good ones aside which Sylvia decorated with icing and M&Ms. She then arranged them on a silver plate, wrapped in cellophane, tipped more M&Ms in and tied up with silver ribbon. We decided it looked quite professional! I am not sure what her teacher thought. My sister who is a teacher says she gets so many chocolates it isn't funny! Teacher presents are hard but I think homemade at least has a bit of heart in it.
vegan fluffy pancakes, layered with nutella and topped with raspberries and Smalt cold smoked maple syrup. Sylvia was wary of the smoked maple syrup but we were both really impressed with how good it was with the pancakes. They were so filling that I was glad she helped me with the stack.
NanoRoom Cat Room Set, ice cream scoop, lunchboxes, Fairy Tales for Feisty Girls, tree decorations, a diary, a garden kit, magnetic cat hooks, a new cat drink bottle etc,
cranberry nut rolls to eat withe jarlsberg cheese for Christmas Day brunch. I didn't remember to get cranberry sauce or oranges for juice. Luckily I had a couple of oranges that we had used for pith. We combined the juice with some passionfruit drink and soda water.
We still have nut roast and lots of sweet food. Below is a sample of sweet food. Included are the chocolate mince tarts and the panforte that I made on Christmas eve. Not included are my mum's caramel tart and Christmas cake, and my aunts toffee date pudding.
- I was happy to hear a nut roast was part of Christmas dinner in the Miffy rabbit cartoon Christmas special.
- I loved the UK Christmas No 1. We Built this City on Sausage Rolls is just brilliant and lots of fun to watch. Good one LadBaby. And the profits go to charity.
- One bizarre part of the holidays was catching up with family and friends whom I had not seen for ages and hearing too many holiday accident stories. A broken foot from scrambling over rocks at Kakadu. A broken nose and split lip from a fall in Dubai airport en route to UK and a badly dislocated shoulder and lots of bruises slipping on rocks on the way back from a waterfall in Hawaii. Ouch!
- As usual we enjoyed watching some British Christmas adverts. The John Lewis advert with Elton John receiving his piano is just beautiful and the Irn Bru Snowman advert is disturbing. I keep having the line "he nicked my Irn Bru, he's let go of my hand" in my head as the boy falls from the sky.
- Sylvia borrowed a graphic novel from the library that she told me was about a detective called Eggnog Holmes. It turned out to be Enola Holmes but I wish it was Eggnog Holmes, which is so much more amusing.
- I was pleased to stumble upon the gorgeous story of the Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell. I sometimes would listen to it with my parents on the radio but have not heard it for years.
- There seemed to be lots of articles about being thoughtful about the way we celebrate Christmas - or perhaps I was more in tune to them. One that I really liked was Dreaming of a Green Christmas: here are 5 ways to make it more sustainable in the Conversation.
How to make a Christmas Cheese Tree
You will need:
One large chopping board or flat platter
About 50-100g of cheeses - these should be different colours and textures. I recommend a red leicester, a camambert or blue cheese, some good cheddar (we like a smoked one), swiss cheese, a cheese or two with add ins like herbs or dried fruit.
Assorted vegetables (I used cherry tomatoes and raw asparagus) and pretzels (unless you want gluten free). You could also use pickled vegetables, olives, sundried tomatoes, dried fruit or fresh fruit such as grapes or chopped apricots.
A few fresh herbs - I used basil, parsley, thyme and chives from the garden
Small star cookie cutter, if you have one
Crackers, to serve.
How to assemble:
Chop the cheese into dice, going for smaller ones for the top layers. Chop vegetables or other add ins into dice.
Arrange cheese, vegetables, pretzels etc on platter or chopping board in contrasting lines of descending width so it resembles a tree. Check that it is shaped nicely along the sides.
Place some pretzel sticks (or vegetable or pickle sticks) for the trunk.
Use star cookie cutter to cut a star for the top - we laid a few stars on top of each other to give the star lots of points. We used sliced swiss cheese as it was easy to cut into a star without crumblng.
Finely chop herbs and sprinkle over the tree and around.
Put any extra cheese cubes in a tub in the fridge or serve alongside in a bowl. Serve with crackers.
On the Stereo:
White Christmas, Bing Crosby