hazelnut pretzel brownies

sunglasses because it's hot
Christmas, in Australia, is about the heat. It’s currently wavering around 40°C today, which is epically ridiculous, especially when you have to work in a kitchen. Yuck.

However, I love a summer Christmas. A long summer holiday with presents, time to read all those books you received from your family. What could be better? It’s true that a traditional roasted dinner can be a bit much, but a summer Christmas is also a great excuse to get expensive seafood and fresh summer fruit, all in the name of celebration. I have never known a white Christmas, although I would love to someday. For now I will enjoy bare feet and air conditioning. Continue reading

chocolate coconut almond biscuits

cookies the size of houses

So. It has come to this.

Presents are a thing that happens at Christmas time. I like presents the same way I like cupcakes. They’re awesome, but they’re even more awesome to give to other people. Continue reading

lebkuchen spice cookies

hearts and pom poms

Today is the project for awesome and I know I’ve already talked about how Christmas is for charity but seriously, guys, this is the time of year when it is oh so obvious who has and who has not.  Continue reading

checkerboard cookies

 

stacked and fell

And another late post. Since I’ve gotten home I’ve been working and it’s been hot. I’ve been watching Doctor Who and not doing much else at all. Like a holiday from my holiday. It’s been much more difficult to get up early now that I’m back in Melbourne (and I have to say that the work Christmas dinner didn’t help with that AT ALL.)

I think it's what you call "mise en place"

But time moves on (quickly, quickly!) and so must we, and although it’s holidays for some, others of us still have to work. But we make time for play, too, and our house is having a Christmas party this weekend.

Cue massive freak out.

Cookies, cupcakes, mini quiches. Vodka, bourbon, gin. Dishes, dishes, dishes. Party party party! Continue reading

christmas biscotti

biscotti

bowls and bowls

How exciting! We’re at the halfway point between the first day of December and Christmas Day and I’m excited. I can’t wait till Christmas but at the same time I’m really enjoying the excitement in the lead up. Included in that excitement was the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012.

the line up

pistachios

I signed up for the swap after hearing about it via Best Friends for Frosting (I’m pretty sure) in November. The deal is, you bake a bunch of cookies. You send 1 dozen cookies to three food bloggers (that’s one dozen each) and in return, three food bloggers send you cookies! It was so much fun making up my packages and I love love love recieving mail so getting the cookies was awesome too!  Continue reading

chocolate chip cookies, again

stacked

The feast day of St Nicholas, the man behind the story of Santa Claus, is the 6th of December (tomorrow) but in Holland, where my mum’s family is from, they celebrate Christmas on the 5th. (That’s today, in case you were still figuring that out.) I wanted to share a recipe for speculaas, a Dutch spiced cookie, but unfortunately I haven’t yet gotten around to making them so you’ll have to wait a little longer. Continue reading

brownie cookies with salted caramel buttercream

close up

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! My newsfeeds are filling up with instagram photos, status updates and tweets all about Christmas. Trees are going up, carols are being sung and most importantly, cookies are being made.

first

melt & chop

Mmm, cookies. Continue reading