I've been having so much fun these last few weeks really getting to know my new kitchen. As I found the last time we moved, every oven has its own eccentricities that must be accommodated and this one is a little bottom heavy on the heat so it took me a while to get into my stride.
The first successful cake came in the form of a gluten free Chestnut and Chocolate Cake with a chocolate topping.
I adapted the amounts to what I had in my cupboard (250g chestnut puree, 60g butter, 2 eggs, 30g chestnut flour). The result was a very moist and delicious cake that I will definitely repeat and it wasn't crumbly as most gluten free cakes, which was pleasing, and I think it went down well with our guests.
We absolutely adored this braised cabbage recipe with bratwurst sausages from the German Christmas market. It's not easy to sell the idea of cabbage to a thirteen year old but it was a big success!
I finally caught up and made my Christmas cake. I purchased some different coloured glace cherries and some gorgeous candied citrus peel from the health food shop and it was such a cheerful looking mix.
I went for a square cake this year - not quite as diverse as last years effort but I realised I'd never made a square one before. I'm enjoying thinking up ideas for how to decorate it in a few weeks time but first it needs a bit of feeding and maturing.
Cranberries were on offer when I purchased them for Thanksgiving so I used the extra amount to make a homemade cranberry sauce to serve with Christmas dinner after being inspired by Gail's post on making cranberry jam.
I used half the amount of sugar to fruit and added the juice and zest of an orange and a bit of water, cooked it down and decanted into a jar - so simple! I wonder why I have never bothered before.
This weekend I made some simple chocolates to go in Cameron's advent calendar which consisted simply of sprinkles and white chocolate (Cameron's favourite kind). I purchased a new chocolate mold recently with a Lakeland birthday voucher and the different shapes are fun to work with. They are a bit rustic but I'm quite pleased with the wintery look of them.
If you got this far through the post then well done! And Happy December! You'll notice I have spruced the place up for advent. I'm so excited about the coming of Christmas and all that it brings. I'm enjoying day dreaming about where to place our decorations in the new house. It's all good fun!
What's going on in your kitchen at the moment?