I’ve really enjoyed preparing all of our festive food this year. I started a few weeks ago with a Beetroot Chutney that I first made this time last year, it proved to be delicious again and will no doubt be made again next year. I also tried a Plum Jam recipe, this tasted incredible with the turkey – a truly delicious combination. Also served with our turkey were Turmeric & Polenta coated Roast Potatoes, Glazed Carrots and Parsnips and a Sausage-meat, Apricot and Butternut Squash Stuffing:
The cheesecake in the photo above was a ‘Trifle Cheesecake’ – I don’t think I’ll ever make a trifle again as this was so much better! The base was a simple buttery biscuit base (click here to see a you tube clip that we are reminded of each time we hear the words ‘Buttery Biscuit Base’!), the cheese layer was a killer combination of cream cheese, double cream and custard and the final layer was simply raspberry jelly with fresh raspberries. It turned out to be a huge cheesecake (weighing over 2 kilos!!) – it’s no wonder that it has lasted 3 days so far and there’s still more left for tomorrow. It’s a gift that just keeps on giving!!
Other festive treats have included Chocolate Truffles with orange matchmaker ‘sticks’, Coconut & Chocolate Caramels (the Caramel was infused with cardamom pods, star anise, fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick) and Strawberry Cream Shortbread Biscuits:
Finally, it just wouldn’t be Christmas with out our Biscuit Tree. We’ve made one each year for the past 7 years, it has become as much a part of our family Christmas as our Christmas tree and Christmas crackers:
It’s been a wonderful feast of a festive time and we will no doubt be enjoying the left overs for many more days to come 🎄