I was already thinking about Christmas earlier this year, so it seems only appropriate to extend the conversation to food. Or at least the food at Christmas that I really like, which is cake.
Part of the fun of Christmas is having the time and occasion to make a dessert a little more lavish, a little more rich than you would traditionally go for. Spending weeks marinating pudding or fruit loaf in some absurd rum mixture is a good example of that, although my family tends to make other desserts instead.
Which is the part where I come in.
Last year Mum kept rattling on about how much she loved marscapone, which has never been one of my favourite cream cheeses. But since she was so insistent, I had a look around for what else could be done with it.
The answer: add more cream, some sugar, a bit of maple syrup, and mix the shit out of it in a bucket. It was great and I kept grabbing a small cup for a few days, dropping a bit of fruitcake (Dad loves it) and then a dollop of my homemade concoction on top.
I've been thinking about giving pastry a crack this Christmas so I can try making my own apple pie. Alternatively, I'd like to learn how to make a chocolate mousse from egg whites. On the side, I'd get a pudding bowl and line it with ladyfingers that have been soaked in something (frangelico and coffee would be ideal, but I'll settle for frangelico and milk).
The mousse would then go in the middle, with a few berries to cut through, and then I'd cover it up with ladyfingers and then wrap it up and let it sit in the fridge for several hours. Before promptly getting fat.
Christmas desserts are the best.
What do you like to chow down on over Christmas? You can talk about anything. I just picked cake because cake's great.