It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas If you’re following the Cooks Room Christmas Countdown, you should be feeling well under control. Make sure to schedule a few hours this week to catch up with a friend, or just chill-out and indulge yourself. Check out my Pinterest page for some Christmas decorating and craft ideas. https://www.pinterest.com.au/annjmcdonald/christmas-ideas/ The list continues: CLEAR OUT THE FRIDGE AND FREEZER this week ready for all the Christmas goodies ...read more
How much of last weeks to-do list did you accomplish ????? Print off each weeks list and have it in the kitchen, or on your desk, so that you can cross off the tasks when they’re completed SUCH A GOOD FEELING ! Deck The Halls Everyone knows it’s bad luck to leave your decorations up a minute beyond 12th night – January 5, but there doesn’t seem to be an exact date for setting them up, any time from December 1st to Christmas Eve works. Our family has always adhere...read more
Regardless of how you feel about it, Christmas is upon us, and I for one, love absolutely everything about it. The store decorations have been up for ages, the carols are playing, and all the retailers are having Christmas Sales – I always thought they were only after Christmas ! So often Christmas is more of a chore than a pleasure and when the day finally arrives, all you want is, for it to be over ! BUT NOT THIS YEAR, you will be super organised. This is the first of our weekly Christm...read more
I love all the traditions and memories that Christmas celebrations bring to our family. Growing up with a mother who loved to bake, October and November were the months for preparing the cakes and pudding, a much more arduous job than it is today. All the individual fruits had to be thoroughly washed, dried and stoned, unlike the easy-to-open packets available today. The fruit was soaked in either Sherry or ‘Hospital’ Brandy. When the day came to make the cake and pudding, the butte...read more
Women’s Weekly Three-in-One Christmas Cake Mix This is my favourite cake and pudding recipe, I’ve been making it for years. It’s such a versatile mix. The basic fruit mixture will make one very moist cake (22cm round), one steamed pudding, and about 20 fruit mince tarts. Prepare this basic fruit mixture up to a month ahead, the longer the fruit soaks, the better. This year I have made 1 quantity of this Basic Fruit Mix and am using the entire mix to make Christmas Cakes. The mix h...read more
Having run a successful catering business in Sydney for more than 20 years, providing the highest standard of food and service for private and corporate clients, I have more than a few tricks-of-the-trade to impart to help make your entertaining easier. Sharing good food with family and friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures – entertaining should be easy and fun for everyone, including the cook.