christmas cookies in a jar gift

My dear friend has announced she’s thrown down the credit card and taken up the glue gun for a handmade christmas project this year. So in keeping with her christmas goal, I gave her a jar of make-your-own-christmas-gift cookies for christmas. Not only is she making her gifts but now she’s making her present too. … perhaps not quite the gesture we were aiming for. However, these christmas cookies in a jar do make a very pretty gift.

cookie jar giftLayer the ingredients into a 1 litre jar in the following order:
110g plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicab soda
¼ tsp salt
75g brown sugar
75g caster sugar
65g rolled oats
100g crainins
130g white chocolate bits

The instruction card reads:
You will need:
125g butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence

To make the cookies:
Preheat oven to 190c. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Empty the jar into a large bowl. Add butter, egg and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Shape tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on the baking trays approximately 5 cms apart. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Turn biscuits onto a wire rack to cool.


colourful caesar salad

Caesar salad is one of those things that usually sounds better when read off the menu than when served. Too often I’ve received a bowl of dressing with a smattering of dried-up parmesan shards, fat-crusted bacon bits recycled from the breakfast plates of yesterday morning, and croutons that leave an oil slick on my conscience. Well I say, no more!

cos lettuce, chopped coarsely
bbq chicken, meat removed and chopped coarsely
avocado, chunks
2-4 eggs, boiled (or poached), soft to hard depending on preference, quartered
100g prosciutto, grilled to just crispy on a tray lined with baking paper, then crumbled/torn
2 slices toast, cubed
parmesan, shaved
chive flowers (or just chopped chives)

½ lemon, juiced
2 tbsp mayonnaise (I used soy mayonnaise)
a dash of water

Add the salad ingredients to a big bowl in the order listed.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small jug to be added as desired.
Serves 4

colourful caesar salad

cuba libre cocktail

Let’s face it, the Cuba Libre cocktail is just a fancy way of saying rum and coke [with a twist of lime]. But whether you drink it because you like the idea of drinking to “free Cuba”, or because you’ve always liked rum and coke (hold back on the name calling please), or because you really just like saying “Cuba” like you know it well and the reverberation in your head as you roll the “re” at the end to extremes; I’d have to say that it’s the twist of lime that really does it for me.
Cuba Libre
30 ml white rum
100 ml cola
½ lime, cut a slice to garnish the glass and juice the rest

Add the above to a tumbler filled with lots of ice.