First job in the kitchen today (Christmas Eve) was to make the filling for the chocolate cheesecake – the base had already been made and was nice and chilled in the fridge. But why, I now ask myself, didn’t I read through the list of ingredients properly? Yes, I had a tub of cream cheese, but I needed two! Everything came to a standstill while my Christmas Pixie went down to the shops for me. Once that second tub was in my hot little hands I got busy. The filling was soon made, the melted chocolate mixed through, the whole lot spread on top of the base, and back in the fridge it went. I’ll sprinkle some chocolate Flake Bars over the top just before serving.
And while I’m dealing with melted chocolate I completed my cherry balls. These are yummy, glace cherries wrapped in almond paste, then dipped in chocolate. Very moreish indeed.
My favourite, chocolate cherry balls
There was still some melted chocolate in the bowl, so in went some strawberries, followed by some dried apricots, to use it all up.
More chocolate goodies
I can’t really be trusted with melted chocolate, as I got it everywhere, all over my fingers, on the bench too. Using melted chocolate is a bit like my disastrous episode with a hot glue gun, which I now steer well clear of - glue everywhere, and burnt fingers.
Here’s a little bit of Christmas to finish with, two Santas (both purchased) guarding a jar full of Christmas baubles. Our kitten Gemma had to be persuaded NOT to jump up to get the berry twigs at the top.
We are delighted to see the large pohutukawa tree over our back fence is starting to flower. Not quite in full flower yet, but the crimson flowers are a sign that summer is here and Christmas is just around the corner. Goodness me, it’s tomorrow!
The Pohutukawa, known as New Zealand Christmas Tree.
Wishing all readers and bloggers a very Happy Christmas. It’s been so nice to have made contact with so many of you through your comments, and I have been lucky enough to have a few face to face meetings too. Safe travels to any of you on the road over the holidays, and Happy Stitching too!