Monthly Archives: December 2014

Fresh Prawns with Dill Vinaigrette Served in a Festive Ice Bowl | And a Merry Christmas

Fresh Prawns with Dill Viniaigrette in Ice Bowl Making a festive ice bowl to present this simple recipe of poached Prawns with Dill Vinaigrette for buffet style entertaining should pull a few oohs and aahs from your guests. Ice bowls as a table centerpiece always look quite spectacular and perfect for keeping these cooked prawns nice and chilled. The ice bowl is decorated with fresh rosemary, fresh cranberries and thinly sliced orange. As everything is edible you can place the cooked and chilled prawns directly into the ice bowl for serving, unlike the Bougainvillea ice bowl, where I set a glass bowl within the ice bowl. You can find instructions and tips on how to make the ice bowl in a earlier post. Continue reading

Christmas Menu Tasting at Cafe Amsterdam

With Christmas around the corner and with our wonderful weather, spent a perfect evening under the sky tasting a truly delicious Christmas menu at Cafe Amsterdam, Bahrain. I love Christmas food and was very much looking forward to the evening ahead.

cafe amsterdam
The Menu:

Scallop Ceviche place on a bed of Tomato Tartar with a Chilli Dressing, loved the little beads of Olive Oil Caviar surround the dish. This was a firm favorite among the diners.

Beautiful presented Pork Belly Bruschetta served on a gorgeous wooden board, very tasty indeed, for those that enjoy pork. Continue reading

Make-Ahead Desserts for Easy Entertaining

chocolte torte with strawberriesFor easy entertaining I have pulled a few desserts from the archives that you might like to try over the holiday season. This is a busy time of year for many and you can make each dessert a few days ahead, leaving you with plenty of time to attend to your guests and other preparations. And, if you haven’t made your christmas pudding yet, I have included a last-minute christmas pudding recipe.

Chocolate desserts are always popular and you can make this Squidgy Chocolate Torte two days ahead and keep covered and refrigerated until needed. Decorate with strawberries a few hours before serving. When cutting this dessert for serving, it’s a good idea to run the blade of a knife under warm water and carefully wipe away the excess water with some paper towel. The warm blade should glide through the chocolate torte, leaving you with clean and evenly cut slices.
Christmas Pudding Ice Cream-0119Christmas Ice Cream Pudding is a delicious way of using left-over christmas pudding and you can make this very easy frozen dessert two or three days ahead. You can make your own vanilla ice cream or make it really easy and buy a good quality ice cream instead. Make individual servings using small pudding moulds or one large family serving.

Christmas Pudding-2

Since I came across spherical moulds some years back I love using them for my Christmas Puddings. You can make this Last-minute Christmas Pudding a week in advance or even the day before. Store the christmas pudding in the refrigerator until needed. You can also use a regular 600ml pudding bowl with the same recipe.

chocolate date cake-1256If you love chocolate and dates you might like to try this ultra rich Chocolate Date Cake with Tahini and White Chocolate, you can make this dessert cake a day or two ahead of time. You can serve the tahini and white chocolate topping as a warm pouring sauce rather than cooling and spreading on top of the cake. If using the topping as a sauce, make before serving, which will only take a few minutes.

Pavlova-0025Make these Mini Pavlovas a week ahead and store in an airtight container (between sheets of greaseproof paper) and keep refrigerated. Top the pavlova’s with fresh cream and fruit of your choice an hour or two before serving.

 

%d bloggers like this: