This weekend is the last weekend before Christmas. Apparently it was “Panic Saturday” according to the news, which I’m sure they just made it up because they feel left out after Black Friday. Anyway, if I were in any panic, it’d be about food. Have I got enough to feed my imaginary friends? Is it all homemade? (Although my favourite Christmas food item is Aldi’s Lebkuchen, and I can testify it is as nice as those bought in any German Christmas market.)
So this weekend, instead of rushing to shops and fill more stockings, I set myself a busy schedule in the kitchen. Since I was so busy I hardly took any pictures. So I will just have to swarm you with recipes!
First item: Christmas granola. Good for gifting, or just feast on every morning during the Christmas week.
- 300g Porridge Oats
- 100g Flaked Almonds
- 100g Pistachio Kernels
- 100g Blanched Hazelnut
- 3 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 150g runny honey
- 50g maple syrup
- 50g dried cranberries
- 50g dried apricot, chopped
- Preheat oven to Fan 120'C / gas 1.
- In a large mixing bowl, put together oats and nuts.
- In a small saucepan, mix together oil, honey and syrup. Warm till it's runny but don't allow to boil.
- Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients, mix well.
- Spread over 2 lined baking sheets, bake for 50 mins.
- Mix in cranberries and apricot, leave to cool on the sheets.
- When cooled completely, store in air-tight container. Consume within 2 weeks.
While the granola was cooling, I moved on to my next job which is a firm favourite of Ash’s. Rice pudding! I have 2 recipes for this, one is Raymond Blanc’s very nice riz au lait, which requires very little effort from the chef but 2 hours in a low oven. But as it’s panic Saturday (or Sunday), I’ve opted for my second recipe which requires a lot of stirring but only takes about 30 minutes.
- 60g pudding rice
- 400ml semi-skimmed milk
- 100ml single cream
- 1 vanilla pod
- ½ cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
- Put all ingredients in a saucepan.
- Bring to the boil and turn to a simmer.
- Simmer for about 30mins, keep stirring!
- Done! Eat with jam, or just a but of grated nutmeg on top!