First of all I must remember to welcome another follower. The numbers have been stuck at 535 for ages so nice to see it up one......I'm not really obsessed by follower numbers...........much!
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Another horrible wet day yesterday, I did my usual once a month collecting prescription and having cheap pensioners fish and chips thing. It always seems a treat. Also made a Chocolate Meringue Gateau (On recipe page somewhere)and froze ready for taking to SiL's on Christmas day....with the Xmas pudding.
Now I need to buy some Gluten free plain biscuits for a Banoffee to take to Son's for Christmas eve lunch - I like making desserts! We finally sorted out a day for Suffolk children and grandchildren to visit me over Christmas so now I can work out what to cook and also other things to do to fill empty days........I don't need to fill every empty day as I'm happy at home but it's a good idea to have a few plans for my second Christmas alone, which is different to first Christmas alone because the 'novelty' has worn off.
I've put the accidentally bought marzipan and icing on the accidental Christmas cake. I'm a slap it on cake decorator but I always remember to turn the cake upside down so the surface to ice is nice and flat. I just cut some stars out of the remaining icing and stuck them on. Cake recipes will say use warm apricot jam to stick the marzipan to the cake......I never have apricot jam handy so use marmalade, avoiding the shredded peel...............no-one has ever commented so I think I've got away with it for the last umpteen years
On thing I want to do is chocolate teaspoons - just for me. I've made them a few times for the hampers when including drinking chocolate but never tried one myself, I got the silicon mould out of the cupboard to remind me.
DiL is vegetarian and I enjoy eating veggie too so a few days ago I made the veggie layer loaves to pop in the freezer.
This is something I concocted several years ago now, it was a mix of different recipes, freezes well, heats up easily and is tasty and it has no strange ingredients.
This time I made enough for 3 mini individual ones and a larger in a loaf tin using 3 times the recipe
INDIVIDUAL NUT AND VEGETABLE LAYERED ROASTS ( this made 2)
Good handful of dried cranberries soaked in boiling water and cooked in the microwave for a few minutes 'til soft, then drained.
4oz carrots } Boiled and mashed
4oz parsnip} together with some black pepper
2oz unsalted cashew nuts whizzed in the nut chopper thing, but not too fine*
1 small onion } chopped finely and cooked 'til soft in a teeny bit of butter/water in
2 smallish stalks of celery } the microwave then drained
Mix the celery,onion,nuts and breadcrumbs together with an egg yolk
Line 2 mini cake tins with parchment paper and put a layer of the nut mix in the bottom.
Press down tight.
Then a layer of parsnip/carrot mash and smooth down again
Next some cranberries
Then another layer of the nut mix.
Press down firmly again.
I used medium hot oven and cooked them for about 40 minutes until they were firm and golden.
Because I wanted to check that they froze OK I then left them to cool, popped each one still in the tins into the freezer.
They were taken out of the freezer in the morning and left to defrost in
the kitchen and then reheated, with a bit of foil over the top, for
about 25 minutes to serve hot for dinner.
*I really should have read this recipe on my recipe page here rather than my notes in my folder before making it this year....... because as I was using chopped cashews I didn't whizz any to a powder and I'm not sure the celery/nut/onion/breadcrumb mix will stay bound together very well. AND worst of all my hand written recipe doesn't mention the egg to bind the celery etc mix together better and I remembered too late that it could do with a bit more seasoning or herbs added somewhere. So they will probably all fall apart when turned out!
Oh Well, too late now!