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Happy 2013 (and how to use up Christmas candy canes)

During our lovely long and sunny holiday on the other side of the world, I enjoyed being relatively technology free. Forgive me if it takes me a little while to get back into the swing of things. Going from hot days at the beach to waking up this morning to a fine layer of snow is difficult!

If, like me, you’re struggling to go back to your routine, why not hold on to some Christmas cheer for just a bit more by making my Christmas candy cane balls. You probably have some candy canes left over and these are a great way to use them up (and they taste yummy too, even if I do say so myself!). There’s no cooking involved, have only three main ingredients (plus some coconut for rolling them in) and kids will love bashing up the candy canes.

Candy cane balls

My recipe is over at Mindful Mum.


Christmas food inspiration

Christmas is almost here. If you’re still in need of inspiration, maybe these very cute ideas can help get your creative juices flowing.

Santa Cookies by My Poppet
I love how simple yet effective Cintia’s biscuits are – two colours of dough, some white icing, some raisins and voila, little santas!

Reindeer Cupcakes by With Sprinkles on Top
Pretzels make great antlers!

Five-Minute Fudge Wreath by Rachael Ray
This doesn’t require any cooking, just mixing and you only need a plain old round tin.

Reindeer Cookies by mommy2owen on Cake Central

Reindeer Cookies by mommy2owen on Cake Central
Such a brilliant idea using gingerbread men shapes turned upside down!

Snowman Cheese Ball by Betty Crocker

Snowman Cheese Ball by Betty Crocker
Take two cheese balls, put one on top of the other, add a few garnishes and you have a snowman!

What fun food are you making for Christmas?

Cute lunches: penguin snow globe

Another Christmas-inspired snow globe lunch, this time featuring one of Nicholas’ favourite animals, an adorable penguin.cute lunches: penguin snow globe

What you need:
2 tortilla wraps (I used wholemeal ones)
blue food colouring
pastry brush
tortilla filling of your choice (I used cooked spinach and ricotta)
2 tbsp ricotta (or other cheese such as mozarella or cream cheese)
2 pitted black olives
1 slice of orange pepper


Using a small bowl as a template, cut out two circles from the tortilla wraps (mine were about 12cm in diameter). From the scraps, cut out one snow globe base and the trunk of the Christmas tree.

Mix 1 or 2 drops of blue food colouring with 2 tbsp water. Using a pastry brush, lightly paint one tortilla circle (don’t let it get too wet) and leave to dry.

Put your other circle on your serving plate and top with your filling. Place the base cut from the remaining pieces of tortilla at the bottom of your plate.

Once your coloured tortilla circle is dry, place it on top of your filling and spread some of the ricotta at the bottom for snow.

Cut one olive in half lengthways, then cut 6 thin strips from the sides. Using 4 strips, make the outline of the penguin’s round body and add its flippers. Cut the other olive in half lengthways and trim down the sides of one piece to form the penguin’s head.

Fill the penguin’s body with some ricotta and add two small dollops of ricotta for its eyes.

Cut a nose and feet from the orange pepper. Cut two small squares from the remaining olive piece to finish the eyes.

Finally, drop tiny dollops of ricotta around the penguin for the snow.

scrutinising his lunch