Christmas came early (with pesto tarts)


I’ll be out of town for Christmas this year … more about that later … so the House sisters celebrated early with a brunch over the weekend.


My sister’s gorgeous bloke cooked bacon and egg rolls on the barbecue, my mum and dad drove down from Newie, the dogs wore reindeer antlers and DD braved the mob.

Braved isn’t an exaggeration. We are not a shy and retiring brood. Only the strong and very loudly spoken survive.

There were some awesome gifts exchanged: among other gorgeous things, my sis gave me a lovely Peter Alexander nightie and the kids RoboFish, plus Mum gave the girls and I tickets – OMG – for a cruise to Tassie (plus Nerf Rebelle bows & arrows, which were gleefully received by the Hunger Games afficionado eldest).


While the kids flung themselves about in the pool, the adults sipped on Moet and nibbled on yummy smoked salmon blinis my sister had put together.

I contributed a luscious bottle of Sam Miranda King Valley Prosecco, double choc chip muffins and pesto & tomato tarts created using fresh ingredients from my new garden. Everything was rather delish – even the fussy youngest had four of the tarts – so I thought I’d share a couple of recipes …

RECIPE: Double choc chip muffins


125g softened butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 packet choc chips

1/2 cup milk

2 cups self-raising flour

METHOD: Mix together butter and sugar. Add cocoa powder, stir and milk, stir. Add flour and choc chips, stir until combined. Spoon into patty cases and bake at 180C until a knife comes out clean (about 20 minutes I reckon).

RECIPE: Tomato & pesto tarts


3 sheets puff pastry

2 punnets of cherry tomatoes, sliced, or 3 roma tomatoes, sliced

Lots of homemade pesto (basil leaves, parmesan, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, you know the drill …)

Extra parmesan to sprinkle on top

METHOD: Defrost puff pastry and cut each sheet into 9 squares. Spread generously with pesto, leaving 1/2cm around the edge. Arrange tomato slices on top, sprinkle with parmesan. Bake at 200C until golden.

Where do you celebrate Christmas? 

Song of the day: Billy Joel “Just the way you are”

6 thoughts on “Christmas came early (with pesto tarts)

  1. The pesto tarts and blinis look bulk yum! I must say D.D. sounds pretty damn awesome. I love early Christmas celebrations because it just makes the entire week seem to last so much longer. I bet you’re going somewhere really fancy pants for Christmas. Wherever you are in the Christmas period please think of Pinky driving down the Bruce Highway to the Gold Coast with a fox terrier and a chihuahua to stay at a dog resort.
    What was I thinking?

  2. Yummo! We had early Xmas Dinner with the nearest and dearest, too…minus a couple who couldn’t make.
    Brother presented nibbles with French champagne, then a feast of fresh Tiger Prawns, Oysters (natural and Kilpatrick, for me!), followed by BBQ’d whole Red Snapper with Shallots, Lemon and Pomegranate seeds! It was sensational!
    Plenty of gifts were exchanged and then we visited a house at the corner of Everton and Steele St in Hamilton East with the HUGEST Xmas light show I have ever seen on a private residence. Your Mum, Dad and Newie followers should go and check it out! I’d post a pic but don’t know how to on here… 🙂

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