Monday, 15 November 2010

Snow what?

It may be a little early to be contemplating the installation of Christmas decorations in Mid-November but I can't help thinking how early Christmas started for me last year. Last October my family learned that my mum had only a few months left to live, so knowing how much she always loved all aspects of Christmas - shopping, decorating and baking to name a few, I pulled the decorations out at the end of October. However this year, although I wish for those trees to sparkle right now, I am impatiently waiting for the turn of December. I did, however, succumb to a little Christmas festivity and bought a snow-globe. Ground-breaking? Of course not. Exciting? Yes! I've never owned a snow-globe before. Son requested one of his own...until I reminded him that he already has three.

So even though this year is bound to be fraught with emotion, I'm wishing for the lights to sparkle brighter, twinkle stronger and the decorations to be even more beautiful. They have a task this Christmas time - to be seen from further afar than ever before.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Chocolate, Chocolate!

Today was another day for lunching. This time I decided to make only chocolates, although they did take quite a bit of effort and time to put together!

I made vanilla flavoured mascarpone chocolate cups with crumbled wafers and almonds and velvety, orange, brandy flavoured truffle cups with honeycomb. I'm thinking of more to make for Friday when I'll be seeing an old friend and her new baby.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Ladies Lunch

One of the many things I love to do; is to bake. I made some cakes and cookies for lunch with some of my family.

I made chocolate cupcakes topped with a caramel buttercream, swirls of caramel sauce and zig-zag chocolate sticks. I also made red velvet cakes finished with cream cheese frosting.

I baked some almond cookies. They were filled with American style frosting and strawberry jam then decorated with chocolate.

I'm thinking of making some chocolates for lunch tomorrow. Maybe truffles and mascarpone chocolate cups...yum!