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Yuletide Greetings – a bit late

December 27, 2012

The house is quiet at the moment – Rella is working and Halo and Arlo are watching ET on the telly. Goodness knows where the beloved is – since he’s had some time (and a suitably modern telly) the raspberry pi has taken over a significant amount of his waking hours.

The kitchen table is littered with Christmas accouterments: candles, chocolate biscuits, chocolate, more chocolate, wasabi flavoured chocolate (“I’m not eating it”, said Halo) Christmas cake, wasabi flavoured peas (which, according to the packet account for a quarter of the beloved’s necessary daily protein intake), Turkish Delight (from Turkey no less) and beautiful dangling moomins which turn round in the heat of a candle (thanks Boo).

We have made inroads into the Christmas cake which is iced with the very malleable and not at all strange potato icing (a third of a cup of finely mashed potato – no salt – and as much icing sugar as is needed to make it look like icing mixed in) and has been decorated this year again by Arlo in a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings christmas-cake-LoR

I’m not sure that it’s very Christmassy, but that hasn’t stopped us before.

I researched elvish writing  and came up with a Tolkein language translator and consequently our cake has “yuletide greetings”, “merry Christmas” and  “happy new year” written in Elvish round the side. What more could you want? (You could learn Elvish I guess – more of that world here)

But in fact what’s needed is an almond macaroon –  always handy, simple recipe: 100g ground almonds, 100g granulated sugar, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon of almond extract, whole almonds.

Mix all the ingredients together, roll up into small balls, place on a sheet of rice paper on a baking tray and press an almond into the top of each. Bake in a moderate oven (190 ish) until golden (about 12 minutes) if you like them chewy in the middle or bake in a cooler oven (about 150) for about 18 minutes if you like them harder and less coloured. Remove from the try and leave to cool on a wire rack – or eat them immediately.macaroons1 macaroons macaroons2 macaroons3

That’s Christmas done and dusted for another year then.

(Happy birthday Al!)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2012 12:40 am

    Wasabi flavored chocolate? That sounds delicious; where did you find it? The cake looks great too!

    • December 28, 2012 9:59 am

      Lindt makes a version – it’s chocolate and it tastes of wasabi,which I wasn’t expecting – (I’m not sure why I wasn’t expecting it). 🙂

      • December 28, 2012 10:00 pm

        Interesting! I’ve seen spicy chili-infused chocolate before, but never wasabi. I really want to try some!

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