Dec Xmas Cooking & Celebrations

Xmas toy

There is nothing like a bit of Christmas cooking to get you into the Christmas spirit and after out Inspire Christmas class I had to start thinking about my own Christmas cooking.

I always like to host an Xmas open morning tea for friends to drop in to – I had to make the Devil of a Cookbook 30 Sec Fruit Cake & one for a friend (It is a tradition I give him this Xmas cake every year now) Anyway for some unknown reason I managed to mess up the recipe that only has 3 ingredients!! I realised I had added too much flour & decided to add in some brandy & I always add some almonds in place of some of the fruit. Anyway I had so many compliments from guests asking for the recipe I had to admit it was a kind of made up/ mish mashed recipe 🙂

XMAS CAKE

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cake 2

Must have awesome plates for any celebration :-)

Must have awesome plates for any celebration 🙂

 

XMAS tree

Xmas biscuits

I had to make my friend Kel’s Speculaas Dutch spice biscuits – there is a recipe in the Devil of  Cookbook too but here is Kel’s recipe if you would like to try them.

I also did some Christmas cooking with my friend Nat, we made a flat pack gingerbread house for Nat to take interstate to assemble with her family close to Christmas. We made the most delicious terrine from the festive flavour cookbook & Christmas puddings – (they make ALOT!!)

Terrine

Xmas puddings 2

 

Arwen’s Black Forest Trifle

We made this delicious trifle at our recent INSPIRE Christmas cooking class

INSPIRED TRIFLE IDEAS:
This is a favourite recipe my friend’s Mum used to make for us. The original recipe used 2 packets of port wine jelly instead of using the cherry “juice” to make the jelly.
You may also like to add cherry liqueur to the jelly 🙂
There are so many different combos for a trifle, use any kind of fruit – fresh figs, pomegranate seeds, passionfruit, mango, berries, kiwi fruit, then make a jelly to go, with that fruit even a wine or sparkling wine jelly.
Match it with your style cake a plain sponge, or try chocolate, orange or pistachio.
Then flavour your custard to match or use a lemon or lime curd for something different.
Top with fresh whipped cream & something for a bit of crunch your favourite nuts, biscuits, toasted coconut, chocolate.

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Devil of a Cookbook Sponge Cake Recipe

Arwen's Black Forest Trifle
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Cuisine: Christmas
Serves: 12
 
The orginal recipe was one that my friends Mum made for us when were young - then we started having it for our family Christmas!
Ingredients
  • Black Forest Trifle
  • 1 chocolate cake or chocolate sponge
  • 1 x 600g jar morello cherries, keep the liquid
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine power
  • 1000g cream
  • 100g flaked almonds, lightly toasted or coconut flakes
  • 50g dark chocolate, or to taste
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  • Chocolate Custard
  • 1000g milk
  • 100g Corn Flour
  • 150g dark chocolate, good quality (add more to taste)
  • 150g sugar, or to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 40g unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Black Forest Trifle
  2. Heat 100g of the liquid from the cherry jar for 3 mins/100 degrees/speed 1, add the gelatin & mix for 5 secs/speed 5.
  3. Add the rest of the liquid & mix for another secs speed 5.
  4. Using a strainer pour into your chosen glass trifle container or individual glasses (8).
  5. You can either add the cherries now & place into the fridge to set or place the cake in to soak up the cherry jelly & place the cherries on top & into the fridge to set. In a clean TM bowl whip your cream with the butterfly around 20 - 30 secs /speed 3.5-Time will vary depending on how fresh your cream is. Place the cream to one side & without needing to clean the bowl, place all the custard ingredients to the bowl. Cook for 15 mins 90 degrees speed 4 or until thick.
  6. Pour the chocolate custard on top of the cherry jelly & cake. Place into the fridge. Once it has cooled completely spread the top of the custard with cream & sprinkle with almonds & grated dark chocolate & or toasted coconut flakes & fresh cherries. Can be made the day before, although the cream is best done on the day of serving.
  7. I like to use the sponge cake from the Devil of a Cookbook replacing use 40g of cornflour with cocoa powder.

 

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails/Mocktails

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Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails/Mocktails
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Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails/Mocktails Delicious as a sorbet or a drink
Ingredients
  • 100g sugar
  • 800g ice
  • 350g strawberries
  • 1 lemon flesh only
  • 100g water, optional
  • 20g rosewater, or to taste
  • sparkling wine or soda water to serve
Instructions
  1. Place sugar & zest into TM bowl & chop for 10 secs speed 10.
  2. Add strawberries & lemon. Chop for 5 secs speed 7. Add the ice & rose water, chop for 1min 30 secs on speed 10 stiring with the spatula if needed. You may need to add the water to keep the sorbet mixture moving around..
  3. Transfer to a Thermoserver & serve imediately or freeze into ice cube trays for later.
  4. To make the cocktail/mocktail place a generous scoup of the sorbet (or a couple of the frozen ice cubes of sorbet into a cocktail or champagne glass top with sparling wine or soda water.
  5. Or I have been told that vodka (to taste) with the soda water & sorbet is great too!!
  6. Cheers!!
Notes
Place leftover sorbet into icy pole makers for a quick delicious snack for the kids.
Or place leftovers into ice cube trays keep them for another day of cocktails/mocktails or chop them up again in the Thermomix before serving, you may need to add a bit of liquid to help keep them moving in the TM bowl. Suitable to make in the Thermomix Model 5 & TM31 too.

 

What better way to celebrate the epic foodie year of 2015 than to start a food blog?!

Yes, it’s been on the “to do list” for a rather long time & finally it’s here – my food blog!!

Over the next few days/weeks I am going to recount my epic foodie adventures from this year; there have been highs, lows, laughs & tears – but I wouldn’t change a thing!

2015 The year of the gourmet food journey – It started in Jan with my French recipe challenge, over 50 delicious recipes cooked in the Thermomix – click here to see them all 🙂

This year I’ve been lucky enough to earn Thermomix trips to the Gold Coast in March & Paris in September with a few quick stops and food tours through, Nice, northern Italy & London. I had 4 trips to Melbourne including 2 lunches at Heston’s Fat Duck restaurant. I’ve attended multiple cooking classes; I’ve run both healthy & decadent cooking classes, met amazing chefs & waiters/waitresses, submitted recipes for a local Garlic Feast cookbook. I even auditioned for Masterchef!! And another dream came true – I have been recipe testing for my Thermomix foodie hero Dani Valent – author of  my 2 favourite books – the In the Mix Cookbooks. (Sign up to her newsletter to get awesome free recipes!)

I bought my digital SLR camera in March & in the 2nd half of the year completed a TAFE photography course & 2 food styling & photography courses. (One with JJ from 84th & 3rd & 1 with Michelle Crawford from Hugo & Elsa) I have bought too many cookbooks to count, washed too many dishes and tasted the most amazing food ever!!  At times this year I was known as the crazy Thermomix lady with 4 Thermomix!! I have delivered over 80 Thermomix this year to lots of happy customers too!

Crazy Thermomix Lady

To say I am completely grateful is a huge understatement -through all these adventures I’ve had my family, friends & Thermomix customers by my side to enjoy all the delicious foodie fun, wine, coffee & the instaspam. Yes I may currently have a bit of a food baby, but I am happy right here, right now in my food coma, looking back on the most epic foodie year I have ever had! Plus this year is not over; the saga continues………..

I will be at the Taste of Tasmania on the 29th & 30th Dec 2015 presenting a 1 hour cooking segment with my friends using delicious Tasmanian cheeses, see you there for more delicious fun!!

 

 

Exhibition 2015

We had to choose 2 of our photos to exhibit as part of our unit – realise a creative project. So here are mine. I even learned how to mount the pictures for the exhibit.

Let them eat cake

I made the Devil of a Cookbook sponge cake recipe. I also made raspberry, rosewater & rhubarb jam to go with it. I took it into TAFE for a studio shoot. None of the other students or teacher minded helping me eat it after I had taken a lot of different shots!

Cake

Taste of the sea

I took this photo on our Prep Prop Style Shoot workshop in August.

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