I have a confession to make: I don’t really care for Christmas.
It’s not really anything to do with my being an atheist and objecting to celebrating a religious festival (I believe that Christmas is largely a secular festival for most people in the UK anyway), but more to the consumerism and wastefulness.
Nonetheless, I was happy to indulge my good friend Natalie in helping her make some Christmas treats for a party at her house in Bournemouth she invited us to two weeks ago.
First, we made something I didn’t think existed: sweet pretzels.
Basically, we just chucked a packet of pretzels (the American kind) into a baking tray and covered them with a mixture of vegetable oil, brown sugar and ground cinnamon. They looked slightly awful, but were surprisingly moreish.
Next, we decorated some truffles Natalie had made the day before from a mixture of Christmas pudding and dark chocolate.
She wanted them to look like miniature Christmas puddings, so we melted white chocolate and spread a dollop on top then chopped up glace cherries to sit on top of that. Unfortunately we only had red cherries, so it didn’t quite have the holly effect we were going for.
After those were done, Natalie whipped up a cookie mixture, which we rolled out and cut into star shapes.
Finally, we prepared a ginger cake she’d already made. The icing sugar was my idea.
It was a lovely party with good food and even better company. I’d forgotten how nice it was so nice to see old friends again. Thanks, Nat!