Christmas Baking

Christmas baking. I am about to scan my files and recipe books, blogs and Pinterest for some Xmas baking inspiration. The interesting thing as my family gets older is that I have more volunteers for help with the baking and a few bigger girls who want to cook on their own. Think family kitchen in chaos, covered with dirty utensils and layered in a fine dust of icing sugar!

In the past favourites have been homemade fudge, shortbread, biscotti, coconut ice, chocolate bark, gingerbread and mini fruit cakes. This year I need to find something that fits the gluten and dairy free, but sweet and decadent category. Plus I need to make bulk of a few things – so we have gifts for family, friends and neighbours. How are you going with that Christmas baking? I have soaked my fruit for our Christmas cake but have not made it…yet. If you have a great idea or recipe are you happy to share? We could have a plan for Christmas baking by the end of the week.

Overall, I think the fun is in sharing the cooking time with others and then making the most of your bounty by wrapping them in boxes, bags and bows. But I know that cooking is not for everyone. And I love this image that came via Pinterest. Huh! Has this ever happened to you?

The Thrifty Kitchen

I love cook books. I read them less than I once did. But I always love discovering something extra special and practical. This one has really inspired me. I initially flicked through the pages and went oh, yeah. Nice. But on a closer reading this book, The Thrifty Kitchen is complete with so many practical recipes and tips for using food well and wisely. How to shop, prepare, cook and not waste food. Any book that celebrates leftovers in our culture of waste is inspiring. And Kate Gibbs, granddaughter of Margaret Fulton has a lovely blog if you like following a few fun things.

Today I made these old fashioned Jam Finger Hole biscuits.

And I have taken a lot of ideas away for extra special lunchbox treats.
Where do you get your inspiration for food from?