December 17th, 2016

Christmas Napoleon

These sound fabulous, even this early!

Pinched from lab_jazz - thank you!

Pina Colada Rum Balls

150g Marie biscuits (or similar)
250g dried or crystallised pineapple pieces
4 Tablespoons white rum (I used Malibu)
80g desiccated coconut
60g shredded coconut
2 limes, zest only (I used one lemon)
180g White Chocolate melted

*Additional 50g desiccated coconut to coat the balls

In a food processor, blend the Marie biscuits to fine crumbs. Put into a bowl.
Using the food processor again blend the pineapple pieces and the rum together until they turn into a smooth paste, add to the bowl with the crumbs.
Add the remaining ingredients and work in with a big wooden spoon (or your hands) and quickly mix together.
Roll mix into balls the size of a 20c coin.
*Coat them in the additional coconut and pop them into the fridge until required.
I found the mixture quite stiff so I added an extra tablespoon of rum.
Christmas Napoleon

Hungry now

Italian Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Potatoes

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 55 mins

Total time: 1 hour 10 mins

Serves: 4 - 5

◦butter, for greasing the pan
◦2 pounds russet potatoes
◦¼ cup olive oil (preferably extra-virgin but it doesn't have to be), divided
◦1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips
◦4 minced cloves garlic
◦salt and pepper
◦¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
◦red pepper flakes, optional
◦fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Generously butter an 8x10-inch casserole dish.
2.Peel and cut the potatoes in half lengthwise then lay each half flat and slice lengthwise into ½-inch wide half moons.
3.Place the potatoes in a big mixing bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of oil.
4.Toss with the seasoning, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper and half the Parmesan (plus a few pinches of red pepper flakes if you like).
5.Pour into the casserole dish and scoop out any spices or garlic left in the bowl.
6.Sprinkle a tablespoon of Parmesan over the top and drizzle with a tablespoon of oil.
7.Bake 30 minutes then remove from the oven and toss well. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top and drizzle with the remaining oil.
8.Bake 25 more minutes. Toss well and season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
9.Place them in a serving dish and pour any remaining oil at the bottom of the pan over them and garnish with a little fresh parsley.

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les deux

Egg Nog recipe out of Better Homes circa.... 1975?

I've been making this eggnog on the holidays for years. It's amazing. Contains raw eggs though. I'mmmmma just do this off the top of my head:

-6 eggs separated
-2 c milk
-1/2 c rum
-1/2 c bourbon
-dash vanilla extract
(for virgin nog replace liquor with another cup milk (3 total c milk for virgin)--also delicious)
-1/2 c sugar
-pinch salt
-1 c whipping cream
-cinnamon powder for garnish (or the traditional nutmeg if you prefer --I like cinnamon)

In small mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/4 c sugar til thick and lemon colored.
Stir in milk, rum, and bourbon, vanilla and pinch salt. let chill til needed.

Whip cream in another small bowl. Return to fridge.

In large punch bowl beat egg whites til soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1/4 cup sugar and beat til stiff peaks form.

Pour the whipped cram and the yolk mixture into the meringue. Fold together just a little bit. Serve immediately by ladling into small cups and garnishing with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Note: as you can imagine, this egg nog does not hold up well for more than an evening, so only make it when you're at the party. I've had good success halving this recipe too. It's really a dessert. Very rich.
Bunny is little and fuzzy

Things you certainly couldn't get away with nowadays

Cross your fingers because this week (depending on how brave I am or if I wait until next weekend), I start da DUM DUM - Season 3.

Though the Indian Affairs Affair so far...wolf calls and attacked with bows and arrows and ohforcrapssake tomahawks and smoke signals? Please don't tell me there's a peace pipe scene in this just to cram in every old cowboys and indans stereotype. 
  • susanpr


I know its late, but how about some Hanukkah cheer as well. We have the lights, the potato latkes (pancakes) and draidels to play with with the gelt (golden wrapped chocolate coins) Enjoy