FESTIVE CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION

This is definitely a tempting slice, but I’m not sure it needs Festive in the title, I think it would be good any time of the year, not just at Christmas. It’s a great combination of chocolate, fruit and Amaretto biscuits and doesn’t need baking – how can you go wrong with that?

WHITE CHRISTMAS FUDGE

Now the calendar has ticked over to December I’ve realised that I’d better get onto Christmas planning. What’s more important food or presents? How good is it if you can combine the two. When my children were at school I used to make a variety of sweet treats to give to their teachers. I’d put them in a jar or basket decorate, it with with Christmas ribbon and problem solved. One of those treats was White Christmas, made with copha and milk powder. This White Christmas is a step up from that as it uses white chocolate, butter and icing sugar and is great for all those who don’t like copha.

‘UPDATED’ ASPARAGUS ROLLS

When I look at this recipe all I can think of is Mum’s asparagus rolls, that she made for afternoon teas and suppers. They were much, much plainer than these and although we grew asparagus in our backyard, hers were always made with tinned asparagus spears and definitely didn’t have ham or mayonnaise. They tasted good, but I’ve never had much inclination to make them, think I’d give this ‘updated’ version a go though.

CHICKEN KIEV

The Women’s Weekly published this recipe in one of their liftout features back in 1999. I thought it might be of interest as it gives step by step instructions on how to assemble the Kiev. It also came with a couple of useful tips about deep frying it – use a wide-topped deep frying pan, which is half full of well heated oil. If the oil is not hot enough the Kiev will absorb too much oil. Obviously an electric deep fryer takes away that worry.

RAISIN ‘N’ SESAME POPOVERS

Melbournians are this week celebrating the easing of our 5km travel restriction and after four months are meeting family and friends in parks within their new 25km range. Everywhere you look there are small groups enjoying each other’s company and a picnic lunch. I thought these Popovers could be good to make and take along. It’s been very hard, but well done everyone for getting us through this……

BEEF ROLL-UPS IN CREAMY SAUCE

This another recipe from the Kraft Vegemite booklet. The vegemite is used in the sauce and not in the filling, which means you can add as much or as little as you like. I have doubts myself about using tinned vegetable soup for the sauce and don’t see why you couldn’t use mushroom instead.

PEACH AND PASSIONFRUIT TIRA-MI-SU

We’re still a few months off luscious ripe peaches or nectarines being in season, but I think you could substitute tinned peaches in this recipe if you want to make it now.  Tinned peaches mightn’t be quite as good, but I think you’d still end up with a pretty good tiramisu dessert.