MOROCCAN MEATBALLS WITH COUSCOUS

These meatballs have lots of spices added, but the fruit (dried apricots and dried prunes), almonds and honey are really what give the dish its Moroccan flavour – and of course the couscous.

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HOMEMADE CHEESES – MUSTARD & FRUIT

Like everyone else I buy prepared cheeses from the supermarket, but when you realize how easy it is to make these two versions and how much better homemade ones always taste,  it does make me wonder why.

PUMPKIN FRUIT CAKE

I’ve posted recipes for lots of different fruit cakes since I started this blog, but have just realized that a Pumpkin Fruit Cake recipe is missing from the collection.  Mum and I have both made the pumpkin version over the years, we didn’t use wholemeal flour, but either way the pumpkin is a nice touch to the traditional cake.

OLD ENGLISH BREAD PUDDING

Bread and butter pudding was a family staple in our house when I was growing up as I’m sure it was in many homes.  As this recipe says it’s a pretty cheap and foolproof dessert and the great thing is that you can use a variety of breads, stale cake, scones, rolls or even biscuits as the base.  I’ve always thought lashings of cream poured over the top adds to the delight.

Bread & Butter Pudding - Old English

INDIVIDUAL SAGO PLUM PUDDINGS

Christmas Mincemeat doesn’t have meat it and Plum Puddings don’t have plums in them – makes you wonder how these dishes got their names, doesn’t it.  This year I’ve decided not to make a large Christmas Pudding I think I’ll make individual puddings instead.  This old recipe uses sago, you can substitute tapioca if you need to.

Christmas Individual Sago Plum Puddings

CHRISTMAS MINCEMEAT

I’ve always wondered why this is called Mincemeat when it obviously doesn’t have any meat in it, but as you can see from this very old recipe it’s been called that for a long time.  Mum used to make a batch each Christmas for her fruit mince pies and while buying them from the supermarket is not a lot easier now, they somehow don’t have the same flavor.

Christmas Mincemeat compile

CASSATA CHRISTMAS PUDDING

The easy way to make a Frozen Christmas Pudding is just to soak fruit in brandy and stir it through softened bought ice cream and then re-freeze it.  While this recipe does use bought ice cream it takes the frozen pudding concept a bit further by separating the three colors in  neopolitan ice cream adding cake and Marsala soaked fruit which turns it into a Cassata  Christmas Pudding.  Now I’ve found it in Mum’s collection I’m thinking of making it myself this Christmas.

Frozen Cassata Christmas Pudding 4 compile