On the menu, we had:
- Mozzarella snowmen
- Olive and cream cheese penguins
- Orange melon stars*
- Smoked salmon with dill cream cheese on gluten-free cottage cheese pancakes*
- Homemade mini chipolata sausage rolls*
- Brazilian pao de queijo (gluten-free cheese bread rolls)*
- Cranberries, walnut, blue cheese and mandarin salad
- Santa hat strawberry jellies*
- Rudolph chocolate cupcakes**
- White chocolate and cranberries panettone**
- Stained glass window cookies**
And for drinks:
- Mulled wine
- Spiced apple drink
- Scrumptious hot chocolate
2 cups cottage cheese
2 cups oat bran
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Heat coconut oil (or your choice of frying oil) in a frying pan, place spoonfuls of batter in the pan and cook until bubbles appear, then flip over and cook 2 minutes more on the other side.I mixed 3 tbsp cream cheese and 3 tbsp quark with 1 tsp horseradish, the grated zest of half a lemon and 2 tbsp chopped dill and spread this on the pancakes once they had cooled down. I then placed a small amount of smoked salmon on top.
Ju helped putting the dill and lemon decoration on the smoked salmon canapes and made the spiced apple drink.
|Ju puts the final touches to the smoked salmon canapes|
The Brazilian cheese bread rolls (pao de queijo) were from a mix which I got in the health food shop. All you have to do is add egg, oil and cheese, and then bake for 25 minutes; no need to leave them to rise as they don't contain yeast. I made mine with half cheddar and half mozzarella. So yummy.
For the Santa hat jellies, I started by making strawberry jellies in little silicone cupcake cases. When they were set, I piped on a mixture of cream cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar in a circle on top, placed a strawberry with the top cut off upside down onto it to make the hat and piped a bauble of cream cheese on top. These were a real hit with the very little ones.
** I made the Rudolph chocolate cupcakes, white chocolate and cranberries panettone and the stained glass window cookies yesterday, so check out yesterday's blog entry (towards the end of the page) to get all the recipe links and tips.
It was lovely to share all this food and drink with our friends, and there was lots of playing and running around for the little ones. On the downside, the mozzarella snowmen and penguins looked so cute that it was difficult to find the heart to eat them.