17 January 2012

{better late than never!} christmas goodies


Before I launch into this post, let me wish everyone of you a Happy New Year! :-)

You may think that it's far too late to be posting up anything about Christmas.  I thought so too initially.  And the longer I left it, the less irrelevant it seemed.  Until today.




There were a lot of firsts for me when it came to Christmas gifting last year - these mainly revolved around giving homemade goodies as Christmas presents.  I've never felt that what came out of my kitchen was ever good enough to give away as presents (Christmas baking somehow different from cooking a meal for friends) - although every year, cookbooks and food magazines were earmarked and mental notes taken whilst watching the likes of Nigella and Donna whip up what seemed like amazingly simple yummies to be wrapped up prettily as presents.







However, 2011 was different.  It was the year I blogged about food.  And to do so, I increasingly found myself cooking and baking recipes I would normally deem too difficult so that I could blog about it.  All the hours spent in the kitchen finally gave me the guts to decide that this was the year for homemade Christmas goodies.  That and the fact that we were still a one-salary household.  Although I'm not entirely convinced that going homemade was necessarily cost-saving!  Ah well...

Spritz Cookies









So there I was.  After multiple exhaustive online recipe searches and an entire booklet of mini post-its, I managed to come to my final list.  It was made up of a few 'firsts': marmalade, onion jam and spritz cookies.  I decided to throw in a couple of repeat recipes as well, just in case my first attempts bomb out - deciding on chutney and granola (with slight variations to when I first made them).










Many photos of the final products were taken with every intention in getting a post out before Christmas. However I completely underestimated how much time it was going to take baking, preserving, bottling and wrapping up goodies for 15 people!  With all that plus the usual madness and chaos which is the lead up to Christmas, meant that I kept putting off the post.  Sitting down to sift through photos, touching them up and writing a decent post was so NOT what I wanted to do after all that.




So here we are, just past mid-January.  Looking through all the photos that I took of my Christmas goodies efforts, with the initial thought of deleting them all.  But as I went through one after another, I decided, what the heck. As far as I know, there were no rules about posting up something Christmas-sy almost a month after the event.  And even if there were, tough ti**ies!  I'm doing it.  I've done it.


Mini Marmalade

Happy new year - again!  If you've had a great 2011, here's to an even fabulous one for 2012.  And let's be there for each other so that 2012 will be a memorable one, for all the right reasons! xoxoxo

PS: Will post the recipes for these soon!!

21 comments:

  1. These look great, so adorably wrapped up! And I don't mind reading about them in January... gives me plenty of advance inspiration for next Christmas ;)

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    1. Thanks Mika! I'm already thinking about this year's wrapping...and I think I know what I'm going to do! (I'm a bit of a geek like that) :)

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  2. Happy New Year to you!!! Lovely to see your Xmas goodies, and so well presented! You can also remind us of them again at the end of this year :-)

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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    1. Good idea Alessandra! Now hopefully, I'll manage my time better for the next Christmas and be able to post something up BEFORE Christmas! :)

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  3. I just have to comment on your handwriting! SO CUTE. A perfect compliment to those gorgeous labels! (and delicious baking!)

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    1. Awww thanks. I don't often get compliments on my handwriting - I blame too much spent on keyboards rather than pen/pencil! :)

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  4. Wow, it all looks wonderful! So nice to see the final products after reading your late night tweets leading up to Christmas ;-) Well done xx

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    1. Yes it was crazy wasn't it? I was up till 4am making my last batch of baking on the 22nd. Now that I've done it once, here's hoping I can manage my time better for the next Christmas! And thanks by the way - it was your Citrus Marmalade recipe that I used (and that everyone loved)! :)

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    1. Thanks! Just read your post on Madeleines. Salivating...

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  6. These look fantastic. Thanks for going ahead and sharing - put's my efforts to shame. I am sure that people appreciated your good taste and efforts.

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    1. You tweeted on being on a jamming and preserving mission. Was envious that you had access to such a variety of lovely fruits to be able to do so! Whereas I'm at the mercy of what's been sold at the markets.

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  7. Love all these goodies !
    Your baked goods as much as the wrapping are so pretty !

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    1. I think I might have enjoyed the wrapping process a bit more than the baking Viviane! :)

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  8. Good on you for still posting these lovely gifties, they look gorgeous and of course you should share them! I'll be doing the same as soon as I can get all of my photos edited, but who knows how long that will take, could be next xmas by the time I'm done!

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    1. You can DO it!! (Sorry, just watched Waterboy). I'll be looking out for your post Christina - somehow stretches out the holiday 'mode' a little to still be able to read Christmas-sy posts. :)

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  9. Wow, these look delightful Shirleen - and Christmas shouldn't be limited to December anyway! I love your handwriting too!

    Hope you are having a great January so far :-)

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    1. I totally agree Mel!;)) And yeah, January's been great - a hive of activity with more baking for Chinese New Year. Happy summer...and gong xi fa cai to you! :)

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  11. Hehe, xin nian kuai le! Do you bake your own CNY goodies? Oh my... would love to learn how to make some of those one day.

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    1. Xin Nian Kuai Le and Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too Mel!! :) I've only made 2 kinds of CNY cookies - both of favs. Will be posting the recipes for these up soon. Seriously, if I can make them you can too (I've seen what you can do on your blog!). :)

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