Christmas nut roast. (You can see it above next to the potatoes.) Below is my Christmas lunch: nut roast, potatoes, roast pumpkin, roast carrot, peas, cauliflower puree and green beans. Most delicious. Though I must say that Christmas dinner was even more chaotic then usual. My mum did some crackers, dip, fried cheese and prawns for a starter. Even after a game of backyard cricket, I think a few kiddie appetites were lost to the main attraction.
Christmas eve. It was chaotic. I used my usual fruit mince and added some finely chopped dark chocolate. An excellent addition. It is quite subtle but there is just enough hint of chocolate to really make the fruit mince special. For Sylvia, who is not at all into fruit mince, I added jam instead of fruit mince to a few pastry cases to make jam tarts.
panforte didn't come out until Boxing Day on the dessert buffet when my dad's family visited. As well as panforte we had caramel tart, pineapple delicious, summer pudding and ginger roulade with toffee. Then Christmas cake, mince pies and chocolates. And cherries. 'Tis indeed the season for feasting.
E and I also continued our Boxing Day movie tradition and saw Les Miserables. It was indeed quite miserable but epic and beautiful to look at. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were fantastic. I particularly enjoyed it because not only did I see the musical on stage when it was first performed in Melbourne but I also spent a summer reading Victor Hugo's novel when I was a student with more time on my hands. A grand tale of redemption and love.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Christmas day presents and pudding
Two years ago: Nut roast parcels and potato snowmen
Three years ago: Christmas Day panforte and more
Four years ago: Christmas, Leftovers and Vegan Mayonnaise
Five years ago: My Christmas Nutloaf
Cream cheese pastry (for mince pies)
From Belleau Kitchen
makes slightly more than 1 and 1/2 dozen mince pies
200g plain flour (I used 285g)
50g ground almonds (I used 30g)
75g cream cheese
1 egg yolk
Place flour, sugar and ground almonds into food processor. Add butter and process briefly until mostly combined. Then add cream cheese and egg yolk. Process briefly until it comes together into a ball (well mine sort of did but was still very very soft). Knead briefly using a generous amount of flour. Shape into a disc and wrap in clingwrap. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Roll out on a well floured board with a well floured rolling pin until the dough is about 0.5cm. Cut out circles to fit a patty cake tin, fill with fruit mince and top with stars. Bake for 20 minutes at 170 C. (I think I did slightly more but was too distracted to remember clearly.)
On the Stereo:
Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume VI: Christmas