December 30, 2005

Hamper for mum

Tomato & lentil soup
Chicken & mushroom lasagne
Brocolli & cheddar soup
Butternut squash & sweet potato soup
Apple crumble
Smoked mackeral spread from the Cheshire Smokehouse
Malted brown rolls

My mum never eats anything except ready meals (albeit the quality sort); she seemed really chuffed with this as a present.

December 25, 2005

MIL made this scarf for me for Christmas.

I've not been sure about Eyelash (bit too trendy this year) but it's much softer than I realised. So cold at the mo it's been worn quite a bit.

December 23, 2005

Dark chocolate truffles & peppermint creams

(on a Spode saucer)

Present for MIL and for mum

200g dark chocolate (fairtrade)
175g double cream
2 squares of dark chocolate, grated
teaspoon unrefined sugar

Break chocolate to pieces. Boil cream to rolling boil. Pour cream over chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted. Allow to set for 1hr 30 mins. Scoop out teaspoon-full, roll to a ball and roll in mixture of grated chocolate and sugar. Put in sweet case or on clingfilm. Set in fridge overnight.

1 egg white
450g white icing sugar
1-2 tsp peppermint essence

Mix all together until glossy. Roll into balls, place in sweet case or on clingfilm. Set in a warm place for 24hrs to dry.