Tuesday, 11 December 2012

TT: The Festive Season Begins!

We all know it's my favourite time of year. I've decked the halls and pressed play on the endless joyful tunes of Christmas I'm all set to bring in the merry cheer.

So it all began in late October where I baked my grandma's famous Christmas cake and have since been greedily feeding it with festive rum.

And now I have just had the annual Christmas dinner with the friends. Bring on the kitchen utensils and Christmas spirit and I'm ready for a day cooking for my favourite gals.

I was a little preoccupied with playing hostess and laughing away the night to spend too much time taking photos - alas I completely forgot to snap the ham before the carve. Speaking of ham - it was a new recipe - quince paste and pear - deeeelious!

So the table was set, the red and green bunting was hung, the candles lit and the songs a buzzin. It was a table fit for such an occasion and we were definitely full of the Christmas spirit by the end of the night.

And le masterpiece of a dessert - YAY!!!!!! I did it - I defeated the beast that is the croquembouche! Lifting that cone up and seeing this success was truly a joy.

Enjoy the snaps.

Found these adorable tins and simply felt the urge to bake some Chrissy goods for my friends.

What to do with all that egg white left over from making creme patisserie? Make pavlova of course! I went for the pav stack instead this year, topped with refreshing mangoes.

And here it is!!! Can't wait to make it again and still can't believe that I did it.

Cheers to Christmas and can't wait to tell you more of my festive adventures.


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