Holiday treats

December 12, 2012


I have some wonderful holiday treats for you today, but they come with a confession:  I know this will sound very un-foodbloggery of me, but I’m just not one to make a lot of Christmas treats.

I always have the best of intentions, usually starting with the first signs of the commercialization of the holidays – you know, in November, when we all moan that it’s too soon to be promoting Christmas.  Then all of a sudden, Christmas is only days away, and I haven’t even started.

My real foodie love is in the tradition of the savoury stuff like Christmas morning stratas (ie. Best of Bridge Christmas Morning Wife Saver).  So for the past two decades, I have been the one to jump up and down, waving my hand in the air, enthusiastically saying “I’ll host Christmas dinner!”

But with the holiday treats, I just haven’t had the time.  Until last year, I had a very hectic career that usually had me running hard right up until Christmas Eve, at which point, I’d switch gears and quickly bake up a couple of batches of squares, or some fudge.

This year, I have the luxury of being self-employed, making my life wonderfully flexible, plus of course, I read a lot of cookbooks, and have even made a few things throughout this year worthy of a Christmas dessert platter.

My husband was making a trip to his Toronto office this week, so I told him that I wanted to do something special for his colleagues.  Knowing about my above-stated issues, he responded with:  “You know that we have almost sixty people in the office, right?  You have to make enough for everyone.”

No problem.  This year, I had it all figured out.

(And to my former colleagues who follow, I am so incredibly sorry that you missed out on this.  And I know that you’ll all understand.  But we’ll always have the White Chocolate Scones that I made for our office charity bake sales…)

Here’s what I made for my husband’s crew this week:

  • Salted Nutella Fudge (Recipe to be posted on Saturday)
  • My mother-in-law’s shortbread (Story to be posted tomorrow – but sorry, not the recipe and anyway it’s about technique.)
  • Almond Roca (a Best of Bridge classic)
  • Lemon squares (another Best of Bridge classic that I have been making for 15 years)
These images were all shot at home, before they were transported for three hours, then left waiting in a cold vehicle overnight before being presented this morning.  I took these photos for you, and also for proof that, just in case they were jostled on the way, everyone knew that this was how I sent them.  (Of course, if anything did happen to them, I wouldn’t be blaming my husband or anything).
I may sound like I have issues (and admittedly I do), but with my husband telling me that ‘big things’ are expected of a food blogger, perhaps I was just a little anxious.  But really, only a little.  Really.
At the time of writing this, I received an email from my husband at 8:38 a.m. with photo showing that everything was beautifully displayed in the office kitchen, and at 8:55 a.m., another note followed to say ‘all gone’.
Followed by some very gracious comments from co-workers.
All in all, I have to say that it’s true what they say.  The joy really is in the giving.
And if, like me, you pick a few ‘no fail’ recipes, trust me, no one will mind.  It seems that they still disappear just as fast.
This is part the One Cook, Two Kitchens 12-days of Christmas series, where I will be posting daily recipes, recommendations and stories for the holidays.



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Linda December 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

They look delicious & I’m sure were very apreciated by the Office Elves!


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