Smoked swordfish patè

imageThis is absolutely divine! I love how indulgent this seems…or maybe is. It is always a favourite of mine at this time of year and it goes perfectly at any Christmas party. I see this everywhere in Italy at Christmas time and decided to use it instead of smoked salmon. The results were just amazing and I munched my way through it on a cold Christmas afternoon. It also only took about 2 seconds to make, perfect!

Ingredients:

100g smoked swordfish

1 tbsp lemon juice

6 tbsp single cream

1 big pinch of pepper
Method:

Put all ingredients except the cream in a bowl. Add 3 tbsp of cream and whizz with a hand mixer until combined. Add the rest of the cream until it is a smooth consistency. If you feel it is too thick you can continue to add a little cream a tbsp at a time. Serve on a small serving dish with some crackers.

Salted peanut & marshmallow rocky road.

imageThis really does taste as good as it looks. Salty chocolate and soft marshmallow..mmm just what I need after the week from hell I’ve had. Let’s just say there’s some serious Italian sickness bugs going around and I’ve managed to catch them all!! So after not being able to even think of food for the past week ( not exactly the Xmas diet I was looking for ) I suddenly got all festive again. The Christmas songs went on and my little reindeer came out to play. This honestly takes two minutes to make, it’s ridiculously easy and the reward is well worth making….well not much effort at all.

Ingredients Makes 12

300g good quality dark chocolate
1tbsp runny honey
125g butter
200g salted peanuts
100g mini marshmallows
1 tbsp icing sugar
17 x 22 cm foil tray

Method

Add the butter,chocolate and honey in a saucepan and melt slowly over a low heat. Add the peanuts into a freezer or sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin ( you want some little pieces and some larger ). Once melted turn the heat off and add the peanuts and marshmallows. Spoon the mixture into a foil tray and leave to cool slightly before placing in the fridge for 2-3 hours or over night. Cut into little squares and sprinkle with a little icing sugar if desired.

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White chocolate, candied orange and amaretto trees.

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Well it’s officially December ( so no one can moan at me for talking about Christmas anymore ) and I have to apologise for our lack of posts recently, but December will be jam packed with lovely little recipes. This is my most absolute favourite time of the year. My apartment is filled with Christmas fragrance so every time I get a whiff or walk in the door I get a whoosh of happiness. Little glass bowls of chocolate coins and reindeers are dotted around, the fruit bowl is filled with clementines, the banister is wrapped in garlands and little red berry fairy lights and I am armed with mince meat, Christmas pudding, spices and indulgent liqueurs ( Baileys being my number one ) to make beautifully decorated and simply devine treats all dusted in glitter of course!

These little trees are so fun to make and are perfect with a cup of tea or a little shot of amaretto to sip in the evening when your all wrapped up and cosy. You can of course choose any shape you prefer and you always change the candied orange to cranberries, dried apricot or anything that takes your fancy.

Ingredients

225g butter, softened
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp amaretto liqueur + a little one to sip whilst baking
280g plain flour
Pinch of salt
100g white chocolate chips
50g candied orange bits

Method

Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk and amaretto. Sift the flour and salt into the mixture and add the chocolate and orange and combine. Shape into a ball and cut in half and shape into two separate balls. Cover in cling film and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190 degreesC and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Roll each ball out separately between two sheets of baking parchment and cut out the trees with your cookie cutter. Place on the baking tray and bake for 12 minutes or until golden. Let them cool for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired. I mixed 3 tbsp of icing sugar with a little amaretto and drizzled with a teaspoon over the cookies then added edible glitter. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!