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The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Paris-Brest

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!! I hope that you all are having a wonderful day so far and Santa Claus has brought you some awesome pressies! I thought I’d sneak in a quick post to show you what I’ve made for Christmas lunch dessert this year. I picked this particular recipe for two reasons: 1) the name indicates that it’s a French dessert, and I love all things Frenchy, and 2) the Paris-Brest looks a lot like a wreath so it ties in well with the Christmassy theme. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Gingerbread

My plan for the month of December was to post a few recipes leading up to Christmas. This plan kinda went out the window when I picked up a contract position to work during the Uni holidays, and with the many social events that tend to pop up this time of year, my free time to cook or bake has been limited. Despite this, there is one recipe that I really wanted to share with everybody before Christmas. I’ve always wanted to make gingerbread, not just because I love to eat it, but it also makes for a great foodie present, which fits in with my Uni bum budget. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Rocky Road

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!!!!! Where has this year gone? It felt like only yesterday that I was doing Christmas, now I’m doing it all over again! This year I thought I’d try something a bit different. Inspired by the fact that I am an unemployed Uni bum, I thought I’d check out some Christmassy treats that I can make. My plan is to make several treats that I can put into a gift box, and give that to people for Christmas. First cab of the rank is Rocky Road. I love Rocky Road, so this recipe was kind of part Christmas gift idea, part satisfy my own hankering (you have to taste test any foodie gift you give, right?). Read more…

How the Cooking Chook ended up in a food coma

Finally, Christmas Day arrived which meant the usual Christmas lunch with my partner’s family. I’ve mentioned before that the Christmas fare usually consists of seafood and some BBQ dishes, but this year, my partner’s Mum decided to do a seafood entree with a hot main. I volunteered to do lunch dessert, and decided to make White Chocoberry tartlets because they turned out so well when I was testing the recipe. Before sitting down to lunch, we handed out everybody’s presents. I noticed that there were a lot more presents under the tree this year. Despite my partner’s family buying me my KitchenAid appliances for my birthday/Christmas present a couple of weeks earlier, I was incredibly surprised to have received a couple more presents from them. Talk about being made to feel special! Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Snappy Baked Snapper

Christmas in Australia is in the middle of summer, so Christmas lunch with my partner’s family (my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas) consists of a BBQ meal and seafood. I’m a huge fan of seafood, in particular fish, so cooking a whole fish to share for Christmas really appeals to me. One of my favourite fish to eat is Snapper, which can be caught in the local waters off the South Australian coast, so I’m fortunate enough to be able to buy this fish pretty much ‘off the boat’. The best thing about cooking fish is that it requires minimal preparation, but can be so flavoursome and cooking a whole fish means you can cater for a number of people quite easily. Read more…

The Cooking Chook has been a good Chook

Just had to post about this because I’m so excited! I will not lie, it has been a challenge being a good Chook for an entire year, but it looks like my efforts have paid off. This is what I got for my birthday/Christmas present this year:

  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Food Processor, both in Empire Red
  • Luke Nguyen Wok

A huge thank you to my partner, my partner’s family, my bestest friend Melinda…and Santa, of course. Can’t wait to give these babies a whirl over the weekend! Merry Christmas indeed!

My new babies

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Cheat’s Frozen Christmas Pudding

There are only a handful of situations where I think cheating is justified. Cooking is one of them. As a person who is employed full-time and studies part-time, I don’t have much time to spend on cooking. I will always look for short-cuts or ways to ‘cheat’ just as long as I don’t compromise too much on the quality and taste of what I’m serving. Christmas cooking is no exception. The whole idea of Christmas is enjoying the time you are spending with loved ones, right? Well, you can’t do that if you are slaving away in the kitchen over dishes that take the entire day to make. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Chicken Roulade with Sage Stuffing

If you are the one designated to putting on the Christmas spread, the one thing that brings down the Christmas spirit is the stress of having to whip up a wonderful meal for a large group of people. Australians kind of have this under control, generally putting on a BBQ or something similar which is quick, easy and relaxed (it also helps that Christmas is in the middle of summer here). At my house, my partner’s family is the only side of the family that celebrates Christmas so it’s not really too stressful and we generally have seafood, such as lobster and prawns, which is easy enough to cook up and serve. However, I do have friends that have the more traditional spread of turkey and ham – huge chucks of meat that take FOREVER to cook. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – White Chocoberry Tartlets

Christmas is apparently less than four weeks away, and I thought maybe I would get into the spirit of things and post some Christmassy recipes leading up to the big day. Even though I am a baker at heart and I love to make desserts, I’ve decided to mix things up a little and attempt both desserts and mains. I am in no way a traditionalist, so there won’t be any turkey or ham recipes but I hope to find and share recipes that still encompass the Christmas spirit in one way or another but also has a dash of Australian flavour to it. The one thing that is a certainty about living in Australia is that there will be no white Christmas. Read more…

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