Well its that time of year again and I am sure a lot of you are getting ready to make some amazing eats! So what is on the menu at your place this year??
Holidays!! Whats on the menu at your house??
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2 fruit cakes, one using the family recipe... lots of premium dried fruit and nuts ( no unidentifiable technicolor bits and pieces lol) the fruits rehydrated with spiced rum overnite then held together with a minimum of a spicy egg rich batter. Placed in "the fruitcake tin" then in a cool dry place and spritzed with rum or brandy every few days.
The second I am quite proud of and thanks to Ishbel can tick an original English pudding off my baking bucket list.
Thanks GF! I owe you one.....cannot wait to rip into it!
Since Friday have been making the dough for all of the mandatory Christmas cookies I bake for both family and friends plus the fisherman's "guys" at work.
Shortbread cookies cut into holiday shapes, baked then decorated with royal icing and sprinkles and "stuff".
Prolly the most time intensive as well as messy 'cuz the Grands all lend a hand lol.
Almond flour raspberry thumbprint cookies.
Then everyone gets to choose either a cookie or a candy for the list.
This year is chocolate fudge with and without nuts, pralines, peanut butter fudge, chocolate peppermint truffles, Mexican Wedding Cakes (cookies really) and toffee.
If I have the time will prolly do a Yule log cake for my brother's Christmas Eve party.
Then there is the rib roast with the traditional sides but haven't decided when to do it.
Christmas Day or NewYears?
Jury's still out on that one
Smoking a ham on the traeger pellet smoker, making mashed potatoes and gravy from the pan the ham will sit in to catch juices. Maybe 7 layer salad, haven't decided on dessert yet... keeping it simple so I am not in the kitchen all dang day(well out on the deck and in the kitchen, hope it isn't below zero that day).
So excited for the Christmas eve. I'm in charged to do the cooking. I'm still thinking about what to prepare. I'd love to have
- Chilled Seafood Platters – Oysters, Prawns, Moreton Bay Bugs, Smoked Salmon, BBQ Octopus and Salt & Pepper Calamari and blueberry cheesecake for dessert!
Speaking of oysters.... it has been several years since all of the bay's we frequent have been given the all clear to harvest the oysters.
The fisherman has been to his newly discovered reef a couple of times so far and it seems he has an exclusive on the area.
Not the best we have ever had but excellent for the price lol.
Was talking to my daughter about that very thing.
The cookie doughs are prepped and waiting for the massive 2-3 day baking marathon ( want everything ready to wrap and gift on the 23rd) so my daughter is going to take some pictures as we bake.
So by the end of the month I should have some pix to share.
All the Mexican Gma's in the neighborhood are going to wherever they keep the secret family recipe (don't wanna even think lol) gathering all the chickadees back home and firing up the huge steamer pots.
It's tamale time in Texas!
The men are banished to wherever they go (gathered around a drum fire sipping whisky and talking football I imagine) while the ladies mix the masa and spice the shredded pork soak the husks and gossip.
A bit of whisky sippin going on there also lol.
At the end of the day the kitchen is spotless, the tools are put away for next year and the tamales divided up.
I always know when the next door neighbor has been to her family's annual get together....
She shows up on my doorstep to barter for my lemons lol.
IMO mine is always the better end of the trade lol.
I want to be at everyone else's houses this year.......YUMMY!!! I love to hear what you all are doing! I have yet to get the time to organize my meal this year but as of Tuesday next week I will have the time and I will post here. You have all given me such wonderful inspiration......thank you and keep it coming