Boozy fruits and marzipan

boozy fruits

Many Christmases ago we had a bit of a homemade theme, and I made chocolate truffles and shortbread, and these, choc-dipped ‘boozy fruits’ and marzipan. I’ve never bothered with the massive effort of the truffles again, but these have become a Christmas tradition, always appreciated and a nice change from all the regular chocolates that are about at this time of year.

I’ve given some instructions here, but a lot of it is a matter of choice: take your pick of fruits (and if you come up with any good ones I’ve not mentioned, let me know!) and combine with whatever alcohol you like – this is an excellent way of using up the tail end of a bottle (hic!).

My recent batch was:

  • 12 dried apricots soaked in honey-whiskey liqueur, a new favourite!
  • 12 dried plums (in case the word ‘prunes’ puts anyone off – they are lovely!) in cherry brandy
  • a pack of dried mango slices soaked in vodka
  • half a pack of marzipan, rolled and cut into stars

All of the above half-dipped in melted Cadbury’s Dairy Milk – I do suggest using a nice chocolate you enjoy eating, it’s very noticable.

All that’s left after that is to present them in a nice box, and enjoy a few bits when the thought of another Quality Street is just a bit much ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Pork stew

Or to give it its full name: pork, dried plum, and apple stew. Ahem. Okay, okay – dried plums are more commonly known as prunes, but please don’t let that word scare you! They are sweet and yummy, and go so well with the rich mix of flavours in this dish (recipe here).

Hmm, think my food photography needs a little work, too! ;)

Hmm, think my food photography needs a little work, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been seriously slacking with this blog, but also with cooking in general. My poor freezer is looking quite bare – something I’m in dire need of remedying before I embark on the madness that is NaNoWriMo, whereupon I will have no time to cook – barely enough time to eat, with all the writing! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย – and need some healthy food stocked up.

This stew has been a family favourite for years now. It can look a little daunting – lots of ingredients, some (mustard powder?!) a little niche, but it’s not really all that difficult, and isย both pretty healthy and very, very delicious! Not to mention that it’s a little different from so many of the things that I make. However, like most of my fav recipes, a big batch can be split into 4 or 5 portions and frozen for those moments – just home from work, or mid-NaNo… or both!