Hello sweeties! How was your week? It’s Friday today, and I’m really excited, cause we’re almost 1 week away from my little Blog’s first anniversary, which gives me great pleasure. I may have a surprise for you, but you will have to stay tuned to find out, so follow this blog any way you like! I would be grateful.
I’m also really excited to finally have the holiday photos ready for you, as I promised on my previous posts! As many of you may already expect, there are mostly food pictures, a few gifts, decorations and some miscellaneous stuff. But those of you who follow my blog for a long time, know how much I love cooking and baking. So let’s get started!
Every year around Christmas, for the last 5-6 years, it has become a tradition for me to make Christmas treats. It may have taken me a little bit longer this year due to the problem I had with my oven, but I finally made them. My close relatives and friends know by now that they should expect a big platter of my homemade melomakarona as a gift. Melomakarona are a traditional dessert of Greek cuisine, prepared primarily during the Christmas holiday season. They can be generally described as “Christmas cookies soaked in syrup of diluted honey (méli in Greek) and then sprinkled with crushed walnuts” (source).So what you see in this pic: 1. Melomakarona dough ready to be used, 2. Dough, cut into different shapes ready to be put in the oven for baking-I like to make them in shapes because I find it more personalized and cute, 3. An “army” of baked melomakarona (mostly shaped in little cute bears) waiting to be soaked into syprup, 4+5. The syrup in a casserole pot (made of sugar, honey, and water in equal proportions, with added slices of lemon, and cinnamon sticks for flavor) before we pour it onto the melomakarona and while being poured onto them, and 6. Finally the “finished product”: melomakarona took their place on the platter with crushed walnuts, cinnamon and a little bit of clove powder on top. I’m so proud of them, mostly because they get so many compliments every year.
Apart from melomakarona, I usually make some delicious butter cookies, which are a great companion to my afternoon coffee.
Most Greeks along with melomakarona, make kourampiedes (see Greek cuisine), another traditional dessert during Christmas season. But I don’t like them very much and I find them more difficult to make, so I make butter cookies instead of these.
However I did make another dessert, that resembles kourabiedes in a way:
I don’t actually know their name, my father used to make them. It’s kind of a traditional recipe from the island where he was born and raised. I call them coconut fingers, because they are made of desiccated coconut, sweetened condensed milk and they are dipped in powdered sugar, right after they are baked. And well, they look like fingers. I’m not a big fan of coconut, but they taste divine, especially the first days when they are fresh.
And can you believe it? After all these, I even made some cupcakes! I was in a baking mood the whole December. T even called me a little crazy cooking machine. Hehe… Is it bad that I found it sweet? I was on a cooking frenzy last month, I admit it. But he was also benefited from it since I gave him some of these goodies. They are vanilla and chocolate ones, separated in 4 parts, with chocolate and peanut butter frosting on them, and decorated accordingly.
All these happened just a week before Christmas. And I really hope that you’re not yet bored of these pictures and the huge text. I swore not to write so many things, but I couldn’t do it. Please bear with me.
Moving on to Christmas day, and a pic without a single plate of food… That must be a relief for some of you, I guess.What you see in these pics: Christmas decoration on the table of our living room: a cute carousel which moves by the flame of the candle, brought to us last year from Austria by my aunt. Christmas cards, printed on my computer (a great idea I saw on Superficial Girls blog by Carlinn), on which I glued wrapping paper to make them more fancy and thick. I put them on the dessert platters I gave to all my family friends with my homemade goodies. My nails on Christmas: Painted cardinal red by Nivea nail polish. Those of you, who follow me on Facebook, must have already seen it, that day. And our stairs at the entrance of our home, leading to the living room/dining room, with lit candles and Christmas lights. Delicious food on our Christmas table: Chicken with vegetables, mushrooms, tricolore pasta with cheese, and stuffed chicken.
We had some other stuff but they are not pictured here.
Before I show you the desserts of the day, let me show you the lunch we had with my brother and my sister in law on New Year.
First of all the whole menu, was based on Asian cuisine, as we wanted our main dish to be the one on the top left. Pardon me for not taking a better picture, but my brother had already served us before I grabbed my camera. You have to take my word that it was much better decorated, with Chinese cabbage filled with chopped chicken with mushrooms, sesame, cashews, soya sauce, and other ingredients. I just wanted so much to show it to you.
Clockwise, we have meatballs in hot sauce (chili and stuff), crepes with ham, cheese, parmesan and cream, and various cooked vegetables. To be honest the crepes where made on Christmas day but I forgot to include them in that collage.
Holiday desserts: Ekmek kantaifi (made and Christmas decorated by my aunt on Christmas day), Oreo cake (which I made based on a Devil’s cake recipe-for my Greek readers, you can find it here, if you’re interested), and cheesecake brownies (again from the same blog – unfortunately only for those of you who speak Greek). I also made my “famous” Apple Crumble, but I forgot to take a picture of it. It was long gone, before I remembered.
Photo of my mobile phone on Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve! I find it really interesting, that the wallpaper change designs in every major date. And that’s probably the only thing I like about this mobile. It was a gift, and my old Nokia friend died, so I use this, but every time I type a text on it I feel like throwing it to a wall. Fun times!
I also got some really nice small gifts before and after Christmas that I thought you might also like to see:
A dear family friend that likes to spoil me all the time got me these amazing Chanel nail polishes, in two of my favourite colors of the season: Quartz and Black Pearl. Plus, she put them in a very cute box. 🙂
Lastly, my dear friend S. who does her internship in Switzerland brought me some delicious Luxemburgerli (mini macarons), from Bachmann. So many flavors to taste. Yum! The one in my hand is champagne and it had glitter on it. Needless to say, that there are only a few left, as they are more of my preference than chocolate desserts.
I actually made the chocolate ones, based on my guests’ preferences. I rarely eat more than one piece of chocolate desserts, I just taste them.
I hope you liked this post, and I didn’t tire you with the huge text. One day I will make smaller posts. Hehe… And to think that I’m not in the best of health while writing it. Nothing serious, just terrible headache for days, that makes my head feel like it’s going to explode! Anyway, if you liked this post, why don’t you like it on Bloglovin?
See you next time, possibly with the New Year’s Eve outfit post, if I ever manage to find a decent pic out of the ones I took that night.
Till then, you can find me on Facebook, to catch more news about me, since I’ve started updating it more often. Or you know, click on one of the following links!♥ BLOGLOVIN / FACEBOOK ♥ ♥ Lookbook / Chicisimo ♥