Saturday, December 26, 2020

Weeking Cooking: What I Baked in December

I am already at that time between Christmas and New Year where you are not really 100% sure what day of the week it is!  Normally it takes a lot longer to get to that point but it has been a strange week all round. I went and got my hair cut on Monday with my current hairdresser as she is moving her business to the other side of the city. Whilst I could drive more than an hour each way it also doesn't make sense to drive past hundreds of hairdresser to get there. I also have always, always gone on Saturday so it is really odd to have gone on Monday afternoon. I also went into the office to work for only the second time since mid-March, and then worked very late a couple of nights so was absolutely exhausted by the time I got to Christmas 

We went to my sister's for Christmas lunch which was lovely as usual. For all that it is summer here, it was actually quite cool yesterday with a high of 18C/64F. It was warm enough to wear a nice top with jeans, but definitely not hot enough for the pool. We were lucky enough to be able to have my entire family there as the borders to South Australia are opened so my mum was able to come over as was my brother, his partner and their almost 2 year old son who was, of course, the centre of attention.

We always have quite a traditional Christmas lunch - we always start with prawns with home made cocktail sauce (which is a 3-2-1 ratio of cream, tomato sauce and worcestershire sauce with a touch of cayenne powder). Then the roast dinner and vegies with ham and turkey, and then Christmas pudding and trifle, which this year was made by my 13 year old nephew.

Anyway, it's the  last Saturday in December, and so this is my normal weeek to share what I made in December, although I think I have shared everything already!

For my team at work I made a couple of little treats for when we had our first face to face meetings since mid March. We ended up splitting the team into two groups rather than coming together as one team. I made them Rocky Road Clusters and also Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies, which are always a bit hit. I posted about making the first batch a couple of weeks ago because apparently I coouldn't follow a recipe properly, but when I made the second batch, I managed to actually remember all the ingredients!

My recipe for Rocky Road Clusters can be found here and the Gingerbread Cookies are here.  I highly recommend the recipe for the cookies. I have made these for the last 3 years and they are delicious.

The only other thing that I made this month was the Chocolate Caramel Flan which I made for our family dinner with my husband's kids. This is the recipe that I made a few weeks ago but to make it festive we filled the hole in the cake with fresh berries.

I need to find some new things to make now! Not sure where I am going to get my inspiration from but it will come from somewhere I am sure.

Weekly dinners:

Saturday - Family dinner (Spicy chicken wings, roast beef fillet with peppercorn, glazed ham, roast vegies etc)

Sunday - Left overs

Monday- Beef and noodles stir fry

Tuesday - Pork ribs with baked potato and coleslaw

Wednesday - Spaghetti Bolognaise

Thursday - Prawns with 3 different types of butter sauce

Friday - Nothing - way too full from lunch still

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  1. I am forever asking, what day is this? It's been that way since I retired but it's especially bad during holidays. Love the sound of your Christmas dinner. Lots of good food. Yummy on the chocolate caramel flan.

  2. I say this every week, we often have the same thing on our weekly menus. We had chicken wings this week too!
    I need to get rid of all the excess baking in the freezer before I make anything else.
    Christmas here was quiet as everyone I know stuck to the rules and did not have anyone outside of their own households for the holidays.

    1. Maybe we should have a chat at the beginning of the week to see what the plans are!

  3. Wow. The flan is especially beautiful.

    I saw a mince pie on Great British Baking Show, Holiday Edition, and now I want to try it.

    1. I can't believe I haven't had a mince pie yet this year! seems remiss of me!

  4. I know what you mean about being confused by what day it is! How lovely that you were able to see family. I'm hoping we can see friends soon -- we did the zoom thing.

    1. We were lucky. I guess it is a reward for being in strict lockdown for months and having very few cases now BFR!

  5. Merry Christmas everyone! Cheers

  6. How tasty! I love reading through this. Merry Christmas to you! I agree with you that it's that time of year where I'm not certain what day of the week it is.

  7. Your Christmas treats look delicious! I tried making my mother's and grandmother's chocolate fudge recipe (no nuts) but it came out very soft and had to be refrigerated to cut it. No matter how simple the recipe, I seem to have trouble making candy!
    Our adult children quarantined and got tested according to the rules so we were able to have just our small immediate family plus our daughter's fiance. I certainly hope we can all have a normal holiday season in 2021!

  8. Oh my, I have completed so little baking this month, not my usual...I still have the ingredients, I just need the mojo...

  9. I’ve no idea what day it is, I went back to work yesterday and was convinced it was Monday, today I thought it was Thursday! The flan looks delicious!

  10. Ages ago a little Portuguese restaurant had the best caramel flan. I haven't thought about it until I read this post. Happy New Year Marg.