Our Christmas happened later as usual, on the Sunday after Christmas. This year it was just the four of us; Kim and I and my daughter Vanessa and her husband Chris. Or five of us if you want to count the baby boy. (Which I do of course!)
(We're all soooo tired!)
Scarface continues to enjoy the Christmas tree.
Food was eaten. I won't give you the full run down this year. I made all appetizers again, it's one of my favorite meals. And the winner was.......Endive Petals with Rosemary Chevre. Delicious. You can find the recipe here. I wanted to use the red endive but it wasn't available.
Here is a super easy recipe for the candied pecans.
Another hit was the White Chocolate and Raspberry Trifle Cake.
Here's the recipe. It's a Donna Hay recipe but I couldn't locate the exact recipe at her website. It calls for sherry but I didn't want to buy any and we don't usually keep sweet wine around the house. I ended up using hazelnut coffee flavoring, the stuff they use at coffee shops. I diluted mine just a bit with some water, I was afraid it was going to be too strong. But everyone loved it.
A big disappointment was Brownies a la Resolution. You can find the recipe here.
The recipe sounds delicious, but it was a bit too cake-like for me. If you try it I suggest you don't do as I did and follow the instructions to bake "until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean." In my experience that's always a mistake when baking brownies, the toothpick should come out with some clinging crumbs. But that's me and I wish I had followed my own advice. On the other hand, if when eating these brownies you tell your brain "Cake!", they taste just fine.
And I think Scarface is telling us it's time to take the tree down.