Christmas Rum Cake

Once again this year, I’ve had requests for my Christmas Rum Cake recipe, so here goes. I thought I’d publish it online, as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year. 1 cup Sugar 1 tsp. Baking Powder 1 cup Water 1 tsp. Salt 1 cup Brown Sugar Lemon Juice 4 Large Eggs Nuts 1 Bottle decent quality dark Rum 2 cups Dried Fruit Sample the Rum to check quality. Take a large bowl; check the Rum again to be sure it is of the highest quality. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup...

We enjoyed fantastic Spanish food over Christmas

First, I need to declare my interest in the supplier of the Spanish food we bought for over Christmas. Delicioso is a client of ours at Web Positioning Centre. Having been working on their online marketing during the run-up to Christmas I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the products, and just had to buy some. The biggest hits were the Mixed Charcuterie and the Chorizo Primera. Just brilliant – as good as anything I’ve had in this country, in fact. We’re still making our way through the Manchego cheese and the hand-made Red-legged Partridge Paté – both really...

Using up Christmas duck

Maybe a couple of days too late for most people – and maybe not strictly a recipe – but what the heck, I’ve had my waistline to see to! 🙂 Shred your leftover duck like they do with crispy duck in Chinese restaurants. Grab the most interesting rolls you can find, and pop them into the oven to warm/crisp. Split the rolls, spread with hoisin sauce, load with shredded duck and top with watercress. Delicious!

What are you having for Christmas Dinner?

We’re steering clear of turkey again this year. Duck seems to have established itself as the Bird of Choice for Christmas, around here. And, after much trawling through my cookbooks, we’ve decided to go with an old favourite. Dare I say it, it’s from Delia. So, the line-up, as it looks at the moment is: Foie Gras de Canard on toasted brioche with dressed salad leaves Roast Seville Orange-Glazed Duck with Port Wine Sauce – from Delia Smith’s Christmas – with potatoes roasted in goose fat and organic vegetables Chocoholic’s Christmas Pudding – from the December Good Food Magazine Rich...