Posts tagged ‘Christmas’

December 25, 2011

Day 44

Figgy Pudding

I wanted to whip up some figgy pudding this year, mostly because my 11-year-old thinks Christmas carolers demanding this obscure treat (with a very silly name)  is a hilarious moment in music history. I picked up some dried figs at the grocery store, thinking that figgy “pudding” should be pretty easy. It’s not. (And it’s really more cake than pudding.) After scanning some rather baffling recipes on the Internet, I settled on a faux version that relied heavily on carrot cake mix. Not very traditional, but pretty darn good. I didn’t even have to eat around the figs — they’re easier to stomach than raisins. And rum-soaked almonds are always in season. So Merry Christmas. And pass the pudding.

December 24, 2011

Day 43

Gingerbread Cookie

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that some of my samples are maybe not the best examples of their kind. In my defense, I live in a teensy town in Upstate New York, and my choices are limited. (My county is even classified as a “food desert” by the USDA, where folks have “low access” to sustenance.) So these little guys came in a Pepperidge Farm box. Sure, I could have baked some up for Santa instead of the traditional chocolate chip, but that would have caused an Attica-like riot, courtesy of my five-year-old, who likes to chow down on Santa’s leftovers.

Pepperidge Farm knows their business, anyway. I can’t figure out why I’ve always avoided gingerbread (maybe it’s hard to eat mini body parts?), because it’s pretty yummy. A Christmas Eve miracle.