I made these reindeer cookies recently for a Christmas dinner that I helped to host. They were a pretty big hit with the party-folk and disappeared in no time. They’re just a simple (but delicious) sugar cookie with royal icing for the outline and red nose. I made these last year and used red smarties instead for the nose which worked just as well, but I couldn’t be bothered buying and sifting through them. The cookie cutter is actually a moose which came in a set from Ikea, but I reckon it looks enough like a reindeer.
These are the pancakes from my childhood. I’ve tried several different recipes over the years but I keep coming back to this version. They are soft, fluffy and not at all eggy like some tend to be. My favourite way to eat these is with a nice strawberry jam and whipped cream. When I was younger they were almost always eaten with sugar and lemon juice, a classic combination.
This time I thought I’d try something different and use walnuts, which I currently have an abundance of. I candied the nuts in a maple based syrup and just poured that over the pancakes. The flavours were good but the whole thing was just crying out for a scoop of icecream. Bananas would also go exceptionally well with this, but I’m not that rich!
This is a very simple and easy to make pasta salad with a tangy light curry flavour. I just used what I had in the fridge, which was red capsicum, purple heirloom carrots, spring onions and corriander. You can use anything you want to give it a little freshness and crunch. Snow peas, celery and cherry tomatoes are all good.
To make dressing for 500g of pasta, combine:
- 1/2 cup locally-sourced olive oil
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp good quality curry powder
Toss together with cold pasta and finely sliced vegetables. You may wish to double the quantity of dressing or halve the pasta for a stronger flavour. The flavours will improve the second day. Store covered in the fridge to prevent drying out.
These have been a family favourite for many years. They’re moist and fudgey like a brownie, but not overly sweet or chocolatey. I like to pack them full of walnuts; which have a soft texture for a nut and complement the flavour of mocha well. It also makes them a little better for you so you can eat twice as many, yes?
I’ve had green apples in the fridge for about a month, and have been feeling guilty about not using them. Today I was thinking about making apple and cinnamon sticky buns, but I was out of butter and didn’t fancy another trip to the supermarket. I was ready to give up on this dream when I spotted some puff pastry in the freezer and decided to experiment.
I love green apples. They are so fresh tasting (and looking) with firm white flesh that stays crisp many weeks after you buy them. Granny Smiths are perfect for cooking with and hold their shape well.
For the pastries I peeled and chopped a couple of apples, which I couldn’t resist photographing.
Then I caramelised them with brown sugar and margarine (I would have used butter if I had it).
I made a super thick custard just using custard powder and milk, and added sugar to sweeten.
I spread some custard on a floured sheet of puff pastry and topped with apple. Then I rolled it up and sliced it into scrolls. It was an extremely messy process, hence the lack of photos. I baked them on lined trays at about 200C for 15 minutes or so.
They taste pretty good I think. Muffy came home and ate about all of them and didn’t throw up after. That usually means success with Muffy.
We had a couple of packets of jelly in our pantry just sitting around begging to be used, so I put these together. I’m a fan of the newish JellyLite range which has interesting flavours like cranberry & raspberry, dark cherry, pink grapefruit or peach & apricot. My hatred for everything ‘lite’ aside, they are pretty good. For these I used orange & mango with port wine and a few berries. Nothing special, but zig-zag martini glasses make everything more fun.
I have made my own jelly flavours before using various citrus fruits, juices and tea; some successful, most not. One that I did like a lot was ruby grapefruit and mint which I should try again sometime, when grapefruits are in season.