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Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday Baking

Holiday baking has pretty much been non-stop and the sad news is I still need to do FIVE more NEW recipes before the end of the year!  I believe it is crunch time and at the moment I am feeling pretty cooked out after baking for three days and making Christmas dinner last night! 
Brown Sugar Pavlova w/Custard Cream & Berries
One of my favorite recipes of the season has been my very own creation and I am calling it 'Christmas Rocky Road', if you feel like making it here is the recipe to enjoy:

Christmas Rocky Road
2 cups dark chocolate chips or chocolate pieces
1 cup milk chocolate chips or pieces
1 tablespoon of butter
8 candy canes crushed
10 chocolate cookies (biscuits) crumbled
3 cups marshmallows (mini or large ones cut up)
Place a heatproof bowl over boiling water and place chocolate and butter in the bowl. Stir once the chocolate has started to melt until completely smooth and then remove from heat. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and spread into a baking dish. I sprinkled extra crushed candy cane on top. Place in the refrigerator to cool, once hardened cut into slices. Enjoy.

Christmas Rocky Road

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Roasted Cornish Hens & Sweet Potato Risotto, Chocolate Orange Biscotti, Self-saucing Brandy Pudding

Roasted Cornish Hen w/Sweet Potato Risotto & Cranberry
NINE more to go...I am getting there!  With 2 Christmas parties to cater and Christmas dinner I should have no problem finishing my challenge.  The last three recipes were Roasted Cornish Hens w/ Sweet Potato Rissotto & Cranberry Sauce, Chocolate & Orange Biscotti and last night I made Self-saucing Brandy Pudding.

Chocolate Dipped Orange Biscotti
The Cornish Hens were delicious and definitely would do this recipe again, would have been really nice with sweet potato mash and maybe some greens.  I am not that impressed with the biscotti, but unless you have a nice warm drink to dip in let's face it biscotti is just so dry!  As for the brandy pudding, it was lovely but was a little low on the sauce, so I think with a bit more sauce and maybe even some nuts or something else in there it would have been even better.
Self-Saucing Brandy Pudding

Friday, December 17, 2010

Easy Hors d'oeuvres

Dates wrapped in Prosciutto 

Yesterday I had the pleasure of catering a jewelry party for my mom, isn't it nice to be home!  My mom is a jewelry designer and launching a new concept of people having parties to come together and learn about the jewelry, have some fun and hopefully make some purchases!  Feel free to check out her website

Crackers w/Brie & Fig Jam
The only new recipe was the 'rocky road', however I did alter it a bit (added dried cranberries instead of glace cherries and almond flakes instead of macadamia nuts!)  As for the other deluctable eats, they were Leila originals: Mozzerella, Cherry Tomato & Pesto Bruschetta, Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper Tartlets, Salmon & Cucumber Crostini, Proscuitto wrapped dates and cracker w/fig & brie.
It was a lovely afternoon and a pleasure to cater for my mom. 

Tonight I am determined to make another new recipe, cornish hens w/sweet potato risotto & cranberry sauce.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chocolate Souffle

We touched down late on Tuesday, December 7th and headed to Richmond where we will spend most of the next 2 months.  I had a good 24hours of NO cooking while we travelled, so I figure I must be good to go!  And I have already had several requests for cooking engagements. 

My sister wants a tablenosh dinner, my mother has me booked for 2 events, we have a Christmas Eve Party and my aunt may need my help for their Christmas party!  I have 13 more NEW recipes to do before the end of the year and it sounds like I will have plenty of opportunities to get them done.

Tonight I made recipe #87 which was a chocolate souffle from Delicious Magazine, special Desserts Edition.  It was good, but I think could have been a little sweeter next time, I think the chocolate was a little bitter.  As far as the texture goes, I think it was about right or at least tasted good to us :)!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Recipe # 80

The days are going by quickly and I will probably go into frantic cooking new recipes mode soon!  Last night I cooked Snapper for the first time in lemon, butter and a bit of garlic, following a Donna Hay Recipe.  I served the snapper over a 5 grain fritter w/tomato & avocado salsa and pan-fried garlic prawns.
(I also did a blackberry peach cobbler for dessert, I made up the recipe so have to count it as my own - which is an idea for next year...Leila's 100 original recipes!)

Anyhow, the snapper was beautiful, moist, flavorful and was nice with the salsa and combination of other flavors.  We have our Christmas Party coming up on Friday, so I think I will try to whip out some new canape recipes and a new chocolate recipe as well!  Stay tuned and let me know if you want the actual recipes and I will put them up!