With the addition of a can of pineapple you won't need as much sugar as usual making it ideal for kids. The muffins are removed from their casing then dipped in icing and rolled in desicated coconut making it look like a snowball, of course you could just leave the paper case on and just dip the top.
Tallegio is a soft creamy Italian cheese with an amber coloured rind ( the rind is edible so dont remove it). Its somewhat similar to brie with a mild blue cheese taste. If you don't find tallegio use Brie or a mixture of mozzarella and some blue cheese.
Serve with boiled new potatoes and french beans
A large rectangular focaccia is sliced in half horizontally then stuffed inside with brie slices, peppers and cherry tomatoes, then grilled on the BBQ until the sides are slightly charred. Cut in portions then serve. Dolcelatte, Tallegio or Mozzarella may be used instead of the Brie
A fruity christmas pudding that is not too rich or heavy. I have been making this recipe year after year. Traditionally the pudding should be made on 'Stir up sunday' which is the suday before Advent ( sometime at the end of November). Everyone in the house should stir the pudding and make a wish.
This recipe is enough to make 2 puddings of 2 pints, of course you can half the recipe but I love giving one away as a gift. Start 3-4 days before because the fruits need soaking to soften.
Cook on a grill pan, BBq grill or frying pan. knead in your own favourite blend of crushed seeds, spices and herbs. A good combination is 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds, 1 tbsp thyme, 1 tbsp marjoram or basil and 2 green spring onions finely chopped. knead these flavours in when the dough is ready not before.
Biscuits for canapes. Top with fresh goat's cheese mousse( 250g soft goats cheese mixed with 4 tbsp cream cheese) or salmon mousse ( 200g smoked salmon + juice of 1 lemon + 1 tbsp horseradish cream+ 200g cream cheese). Pipe on top of the canapes and garnish with some parsely.
This is an elegan salad perfect for a buffet. Serves 10. If you are expecting Vegetarians make a batch and replace the salmon with quail's eggs. This salad can be made a day ahead but keep every thisng seperate, potatoes in a covered bowl, chopped salmon in another container and the dressing in a jar.