I am keeping myself
occupied with laundry, preparing presents for pre school teachers and others, laundry,
last minute shopping, laundry, seeing old friends, laundry and doctors appointments. I'm
being way more domesticated this year than usual. Karina and I have
made Christmas cookies, fudge and pretzel chocolate bites,
I actually got holiday cards out this year and I hosted a Christmas
party for my brother, niece and nephew full of South African food my mom
used to make!
We started the Christmas party off with
something simple (this part is not traditional). I put out cream cheese
shaped like a christmas tree with a little Trader Joe's sweet chili
sauce poured on top and served with crackers. So good and so easy!! It was based on
this idea from Betty Crocker.
Then I put out a bowl of grapes. Easy, easy appetizers!
I made bobotie, a traditional South African meat dish. I make it with
coriander, curry, chutney, ground beef and an egg and milk mixture. I'm
still figuring out amounts for my recipe, so I will let you know. But here
is a close enough version (and some interesting info!). I served it
with some chutney and brown rice. Alongside we had a salad of shredded
carrots with pineapple chunks. To make the salad, I just shredded about
1/2 a bag of small carrots in my food processor and poured in a can of
pineapple chunks, juice and all. Mix and serve!
Lastly for dessert I made something my mom used to always make. I
don't know if its technically South African, but my mom is South
African and she made it all the time :)
Andes Mint Caramel Delight
1 can of sweetened condensed milk, caramelized (I
poured it into a pie plate, covered with foil and put in a roasting pan
with water about 3/4 way up the pan and cooked at 425 for 2 hours)
1 container Cool Whip
1 package of any type of plain cookie you like. (Traditionally my mom would make it with Marie Tea biscuits or tennis cookies but
you can use British digestives or even lady fingers. Just don't make it
with a cookie that is too sweet since the rest of the dessert is already
1 package of Andes Mint Candies, chopped
Frost a cookie with the caramelized condensed milk and place it
in a casserole dish. Keep doing that with the cookies until the bottom
is covered. Then top with 1/2 of the cool whip, spreading it out to
cover the cookies with caramel. Sprinkle half of the chopped Andes
candies over the cool whip. Repeat. Put in the fridge to chill until
ready to serve.
This was one of the most stress free dinners I've made in a long
time and it was comforting, nostalgic and shared with family on top of that! We enjoyed our
Christmas crackers too! Only the adults really liked the hats for some
reason :) The kids just wanted the toys inside.
Now I am planning for our Christmas Eve dinner of appetizers and some scalloped potatoes that I'm bringing for Christmas dinner!
are some ideas of what to do with your holiday leftovers.