A homemade Christmas

This year was a homemade Christmas in our family, and a very satisfying one at that! Here’s what we got up to:

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Salt dough impressions of Adella’s hands (and feet – forgot to take a photo!).

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Easy pompoms – find the link here. I always thought pompoms were easy – this was even easier!!! I bought the wool at Lincraft.

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Adella coloured in and painted lots of stars!

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Crepe paper circles sewed together.

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Some of our decorations on our table centrepiece.

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Christmas cake – Donna Hay recipe here.

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Apple and cranberry chutney – Nigella Lawson recipe from her Christmas book.

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Christmas spiced nuts.

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IKEA has awesome packaging!!!

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And it is TOTALLY worth making their gingerbread house – delish!

Can’t wait to try new things next year! Any suggestions or links would be great.

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Nigella’s Steak and Chips

I’ve recently been watching Nigellissima – Nigella Lawson’s new(ish) Italian cooking show. She’s so sweet to watch, and I love how she always showcases easy, yet delicious, recipes, that I usually have the ingredients for in the pantry.

(Speaking of pantries… how amazing is hers? And she has a freezer drawer in her kitchen island?? Oh, I want her kitchen so much)

Her ‘steak and chips’ really appealed to me straight away. The recipe for her chips are here. You cook the chips in cold oil. Which is interesting, because I learnt from Masterchef that you should start boiling root vegetables in cold water. Connection? I don’t know… any ideas??

In the end, I don’t think my chips were as crispy as hers. I was scared of over-cooking them, so I think they could have had a few more minutes. But, the flavour of chips was amazing – a little soggy, but divine. The garlic and herbs made such a difference.

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So, it’s an exceptionally large amount of oil. I usually shallow fry everything (mainly because I’m kinda scared of boiling oil). But for a special occasion I guess it’s ok. And heaps fewer steps that the usual par-boil and double-fry potato chip method – you just had to watch them. Which also means less dishes.

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The deep-fried oregano and sage are just delicious.

Then, she made a very simple steak. You fry the steak for two minutes on each side, then allow it to rest, again for two minutes on each side. But, when resting it, let it sit in a dressing of olive oil, splash of red wine vinegar, chilli flakes, oregano, and S&P.

Then, remove the steak and let some cherry tomatoes sit in the dressing for a few minutes. Slice up the steak, and plate it all together! Yum!

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How pretty are the lines on my steak?

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So colourful!

I really look forward to trying out more of her recipes. Please let me know if you have any recommendations!