Someone asked me this week, was I following my Christmas Countdown List ? It’s only today that I can say I am up to date, my freezer only got it’s clean-out this week, and I am embarrassed to say the wheelie bin is almost full. I definitely used the rule, When in Doubt, Throw it Out. The Christmas tree arrived during the week and it is a magnificent specimen, bought home the day it was ‘picked’. Love the smell of fresh pine throughout the house. So the decorations are now...read more
Whether you’ve made a great cake or bought one, make it look fabulous with one of these topping ideas. Glazed Fruit Topped Christmas Cake This is a last minute, 3 days ahead maximum, cake topping. It doesn’t last for ever, so do this if the cake will be eaten within a day or two after decorating. Ingredients – a selection of the following, enough to cover the top of your cake whole blanched almonds brazil nuts or pecans pecans dried really plump, apricots glace cherrie...read more
An all-time Christmas favourite that can be whizzed up in the food processor. Shortbread makes a perfect gift; package in a serving bowl with cellophane, in a glass storage jar, or a beautiful box. Tie with gorgeous ribbon and a small decoration. 300g plain flour 60g ground rice 125g caster sugar 250, butter, chilled, diced into small cubes Mix the dry ingredients together in the processor and give a quick pulse. Add the butter cubes, and using the pulse button, wizz until the dough just starts ...read more
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. The list continues: CLEAR OUT THE FRIDGE AND FREEZER this week ready for all the Christmas goodies you will be buying in the next week or so – my fridge has heaps of half-eaten jars of pastes, pickles and bits and bobs …....read more
These are really crunchy cheesy crackers. Great to have with drinks, and they also make fabulous gifts for friends. Package them for giving in a mason or cliplock jar, and add a christmas trim. You can double the mixture if you have a good-sized food processor which will manage the quantity well without overmixing it. Ingredients 100g cold butter, cut into small cubes 125g parmesan cheese, grated 1/2 tsp salt a little white pepper pinch cayenne pepper 160g plain flour extra sea salt, chopped fre...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.