And he was so neat and tidy! To think that all these years I figured piping the icing detail and adding the candies was MY job (since I used to do that sort of stuff at a bakery), but now I know better. IKEA just needs to come up with more designs because the MotH wants to do a village next year.
No snow on Christmas eve and Christmas this year which actually works out for the best when taking the dogs for a walk. We’ve got the whole week to do just that, but while the sun is out and the weather behaves, a bit of exercise helps for every calorie consumed. Happy Holidays!
Christmas eve starter: Roasted Spanish piquillo peppers stuffed with whipped salt cod on chickpea puree. Christmas breakfast: overnight bagels (held in the fridge and boiled/baked as soon as I woke up) with smoked salmon and cream cheese. And freshly squeezed oj – what a treat!
Dreaming of Christmas? Making gingerbread is probably the furthest thing from any sensible cookie baker’s mind (shouldn’t it be sugar cookies now?), but apparently I am the only one greedy enough to bring these 2 holiday favorites together at the onset of spring. My love for these spiced cookies translates into baking them throughout the year, and topping them with a tiny mendiant turns plain cookies into a treat that goes well with afternoon tea.
The recipe that I always turn to is by Joy of Baking. The cookies bake up crisp and store well for a week in an airtight container. I cut the dough into 3 cm x 7 cm strips (approximately 1.5 by 3 inches) with a serrated pasta wheel. The recipe yielded about 6 dozen after combining and rolling out the scraps.
Goodbye July. I couldn’t let National Ice Cream month come to an end without one last blurb on what’s new in the freezer, but I wanted something different from the Magnums and Daims that I’ve hoarded in the past few weeks, even if it meant posting a couple of days late. I’m glad I waited. How could Peanut Butter Love be anything other than peanut-o-licious? And how much more “comfort food” can gingerbread + ice cream get?
I haven’t yet tried the gingerbread sandwiches (the back of the box says that it’s perfect on a cold winter day with tea…I won’t wait that long) but I did tear into the PBL cone. Peanut butter ice cream with a soft caramel center, topped with chocolate and caramelized pecans. It’s good enough to like, but not enough to love when compared to Magnum’s double peanut butter. Honestly, Magnum should throw some coupons my way or something…