Red-Currant Jelly – Gelee de Groseilles

    This is a recipe by Elizabeth David from her recipe book French Provincial Cooking (a book which Mum considers to be not only vital and essential, but also a crucial addition to anyone’s recipe book collection). Note the adjectives and synonyms (for repetition) for that’s how fundamental and important this book is in […]

Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer Christmas Cake

  “The piece de resistance”   Rudolph is an original cake design planned and constructed by Mum and I. He stands 44cm tall and his body is made from a rich fruit Christmas cake, with chocolate antlers/ears, chocolate tail, and chocolate covered candy canes for the legs, chocolate eyes, and a marshmallow covered in red […]

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Truffles

    These truffles are very simple to make and are a great way to use up any left over Christmas cake. The mashed up Christmas cake base of these truffles gives them a close textured fudge-like consistency, (just like cake-pops) and when covered in chocolate the Christmas cake tastes delicious. We used Whittaker’s 50% […]

Quick Raspberry Trifle

    Preparing a quick raspberry trifle on Christmas Day is a firm family Christmas tradition. This is so we can fulfill another more important task – the tradition of eating the trifle for Boxing Day breakfast! (we do serve the trifle with fresh fruit as well – blueberries, strawberries, and extra raspberries). Another tradition […]

Strawberry Santa Christmas Pavlova

    Placing these Santa’s on a pavlova is a great idea for Christmas and this one was made by my Aunt for dessert on Christmas Day. It wouldn’t be a proper Kiwi Christmas without the Pav!   The Strawberry Santas have a filling of cream cheese and this was a nice taste combination with […]