Reblog: Christmas Cooking 2022


A few years ago, I wrote a series of posts about baking my favourite Christmas recipes. People seem to like them so every year, usually around November I reblog them.

Last year I wasn’t able to get my favourite Robertson’s Fruit Mince for the mince pies. I looked everywhere for it. Well, that’s not quite true. I am very limited in where I can go. I started trying to order it from Coles, the supermarket I get my deliveries from early in November. They didn’t have it so I looked in Woolworths in Wynyard. They didn’t have it. I looked in Coles in Burnie. They didn’t have it. I even asked supermarket staff but they said they didn’t know when they would have it. In the end I had to give up and use a Coles house brand fruit mince. I was grateful that they had their own brand but although it was OK it wasn’t the same. There were so many supply chain issues last year. Even now those haven’t completely gone away so I’ve started looking for it already.

This year will also be the first time that I cook everything in my new oven. Christmas Day is going to be so much easier now that I don’t have to try and cook everything in the convection microwave. It made for a lot of timing issues. It’s so nice to have something in the oven and something in the microwave and something else in the air fryer or on the stove and they all finish at the same time.

Note: I was able to get the Robertson’s Fruit mince this year although I won’t be making mince pies until closer to Christmas. I have made the Christmas cake but haven’t iced and decorated it as yet. I’m hoping I might talk Naomi into helping me with that as she is more artistic than I am. I still have to make the Christmas pudding which I had planned to do today but we got up late and as it takes 6 hours on the stove to cook one, I prefer to start it earlier in the day.

So once again here they are, my favourite Christmas recipes.

Mince Pies

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Mince Pies

White Christmas

White Christmas, this is the version made with copha.

Rich Fruit Cake

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Fruit cake decorated with nuts.

Christmas Pudding

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Here are the ingredients for the Christmas Pudding.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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