Frozen White-Chocolate Christmas Bombe

Ready to serve

Thanks for all your comments about how you spent Christmas.  I loved reading how you celebrated. As promised, here is my mother’s white chocolate bombe recipe.  I’m not sure how long she’s been making this but I’m sure it’s been on our table every Christmas for at least 25 years.  Back then my mother was […]

Mum’s Buche de Noel and it’s Gluten-Free

Buche de Noel

A few posts ago I told you about my family’s traditions of celebrating Christmas and how one of these involved a Buche de Noel. Buche de Noel is a French Yule Log or Christmas log and is traditionally served late on Christmas Eve as a family gathers together to await the arrival of Santa, bounding […]

Mum’s Cherry Chutney – Perfect with Turkey or Ham

Cherry Chutney

When I was growing up there were a lot of traditions to be observed.  Christmas had the bulk of these traditions. On Christmas Eve my mother would be up at around half past five to begin a day spent in the kitchen and in the climbing heat. In the early evening my father would gather […]

Three Turkey Stuffings

Three turkey stuffings

When I was growing up we always had a hot roast turkey on Christmas Day.  It didn’t matter if it was a heatwave with temperatures over 40C (104F), (as it often was), there were no cold-cuts on our Christmas table. One year my father thought we should try something a little different and that meant […]

Chicken Korma Curry and…Mr Competitive Moves House

All packaged and ready to go to the moving victims.

Do you remember my friend, Mr Competitive?  The one who was running the swimming club and rang me on the eve of a very important ‘meet’ to ask if I could ‘assist’ him by swimming in one of the races?  And being the kind and generous soul that I am (naive would be more to […]

A Gluten-Free Christmas Cake

A Christmas Cake guarded fiercely by Santas

I mentioned in my November In My Kitchen Post that I had dried fruits, glace fruits and nuts soaking in brandy and orange juice in preparation for making two Christmas cakes.  Here is one of the cakes and this one if gluten-free but if you don’t need to have a gluten-free cake all you need […]

Hazelnut Meringue Torte – A Gluten-Free Dessert

A lovely light dessert to enjoy after a heavy main course

Yes, there was dessert at the Sunday lunch.  On the Saturday I made a Hazelnut Meringue Torte that is also gluten-free.  You need to make it a day ahead as it’s best served around 12 hours after making it.  I like being able to make desserts a day ahead as it takes a lot of […]

Pork Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Makes about two cups

Earlier this week I posted about my family’s birthday get-together.  I mentioned I had made pork satay skewers with a peanut dipping sauce and showed an image I had taken on my i-phone of the cooked satays. From the wonderful comments it became clear that quite a few of you were interested in the satays […]

Gluten-Free Choc-Nut Cake

Gluten-free chocolate nut cake

September is always a busy month for my family; so busy that as usual, this year we didn’t have time to get together to celebrate my sister’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday, my father’s birthday, my niece’s birthday and a nephew’s birthday that had been even a little bit earlier than the others. So in October […]

Passionfruit Meringue Semifreddo and…The Visions

Should serve 8-10

At the beginning of next year, my Archie will turn 21.  As is custom, he’ll have a 21st birthday party. Planning is now underway.  The greatest hurdle has been in trying to find a venue.  As there will be more than a few guests we are not able to have this event at home and […]