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”