Win a Copy of my Cook Book

Christmas lunch this year is being hosted at my folks place here at the River which basically means Mom is responsible for the menu; Starter, Mains and Dessert.  Nothing out of the ordinary there, but as it goes, we tend to gravitate to the same types of dishes every year.  This year with the aunts, uncles, cousins and little ones, it seems the final count will be 20 adults and 10 children.

The last time Christmas lunch hosted at my folks place was 4 years ago while Pete and I were still living in Mauritius so we missed out on:

Starters:
Mock crayfish cocktail
Mains:
Beef fillet with a brandy and cream sauce served on blanched baby marrow
and carrot match sticks with crispy roasted potatoes
Dessert:
Individual crème brûlée’s & individual berry pavlova’s

This is where you come in.  

  • Submit your dream summer Christmas lunch menu in the comments section below and stand in line to win a copy of my book, “The Complete Cook Book”.
  • Entries close 30 October 2012.
  • This competition is open to everybody worldwide and Mom will be the judge and decide on the final menu entry to be used.

Entry Criteria:

  • Starter, main and dessert courses
  • Starter course must be a cold dish
  • Dessert must be able to be made in individual portions

Come 25 December we may be eating your dream summer Christmas lunch.

Good luck and looking forward to your entries. :-)

Date Balls

My brother’s mom-in-law introduced me to these ever so moreish, melt in the mouth treats.  They are seriously addictive and I truly have to limit myself to just a couple at a time.  They also make a great gift idea for your Christmas hampers.

Date Balls

 

Ingredients

250g butter
2 cups sugar
500g pkt dates chopped
2 eggs beaten
1½ pkts Marie biscuits crumbed
2 tsp vanilla essence
Coconut for coating

Method

  1. Melt the butter, sugar and dates together in a pot until combined.  Remove from the heat to cool.
  2. Add the eggs.
  3. Add the vanilla essence.
  4. Add the Marie biscuits and mix well.
  5. Form into walnut sized balls.
  6. Roll in coconut.
  7. Refrigerate.

 

Submitted by:  Raë Smit, Pretoria

Fruity Biscuits

Christmas is just around the corner and if you are still trying to find recipes for your hampers and gift baskets, these are just for you.  If you are wanting to tuck into these flavourful treats yourself, they are best after being allowed to rest for a day first.

Fruity Biscuits

 

Ingredients

2 cups sugar
2 cups coconut
2 cups fruit cake mix
2 cups self raising flour
250g butter melted
2 eggs beaten well
Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients.
  3. Fold in the melted butter.
  4. Add the beaten eggs.
  5. Place in a greased pan.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Cut into squares when cool.

 

Submitted by:  Raë Smit, Pretoria