What’s in my Kitchen this December

Stories & Pictures | December 19, 2012 | By

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies


Do you feel that Christmas has caught you by surprise this year? I really do feel that way. Last year this time, our tree was up and gifts were being bought. This year it’s not been that way at all. Even though we are not Christians per say, we do celebrate and love Christmas, having lived most of our adult life in Christmas celebrating countries.

Melomakarona: Greek Cookies

Melomakarona: Greek Cookies


So instead of posting a single recipe, I am taking a leaf of my friend OZ from Kitchen Butterfly who herself has also leaved Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, featuring a ‘what’s in my kitchen’ for the month of December. I did say that I was going to be away from blogging till I am done with my projects but I could not stay away for very long. I guess it’s all the festive cooking and baking I am witnessing around me.

So the cookies you see above are Linzer Cookies I made yesterday. I followed that with baking Melomakarona: Greek cookies that are usually baked at Christmas time. These two cookies deserve a separate blog post each really. It’s like doing a joint feature on Cecilia Bartoli and Kiri Te Kanawa. Two distinctively different opera divas with great pizzaz and very different personalities. But it is Christmas and one can indulge both on food and imagination!!

Butterscotch Bars

Butterscotch Bars

So another two things that featured in my kitchen this month is Butterscotch Bars adapted from Celia in her Fig Jam and Lime Cordial . I reduced both the sugar content to just 150g and butter to 150g. It was still amazing considering all the wonderfully sweet and bitter chocolate that goes into them. 

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Last but not least I baked a chocolate trifle for my friend Reema that was fit for a good friend. Just baked the same chocolate cake from Halloween and layered that with some whipped cream and the chocolate icing that is also in the Halloween post. That cake is one of the lightest and darkest sponges I have ever baked. 


Note: I will be adding the recipes for both Linzer and the Greek cookie later this week.

Enjoy your Christmas and may all your wishes come true!


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    December 19, 2012

    Scrumptous and delicious…mouthwatering and agnozingly tempting!

    Will pass on to collegues at work 🙂

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    Da Husband
    December 19, 2012

    I first thought there was nothing worse than been shown these yummy cookies and been told you cannot have any until photos are taken and blog is published…but no, there was something which was even worse than that!!! ….it was being given one to try and being told you cannot have any until photos are taken and blog is published….so tonight…..for dinner … it is going to be Linzer Cookies for starters, Melomakarona for main (possibly the most delicious thing I have ever tasted in my life) ohh and Linzer Melomakarona for desert …Bring it on Smiles…Smiles  D Husband. PS: Love the opera punt…imagination… me think so too 

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    December 19, 2012

    Oh I feel I am missing out on these yummies!!! I have to learn how to bake things..one day..They look so delicious Lara..reading DA H’s post makes me feel jealous! ;D xx

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    Kitchen Butterfly
    December 19, 2012

    Loved the analogy of the cookies to the Opera divas. Both look wonderful. I really also like the second photo of the angel in a ball gown! Send me some cookies please!!!

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