Food & Nuitrition

How to host a Traditional Christmas! Recipes inside!

Let the festivity begin!

Celebration Cookies

Christmas cookies are a family tradition, but you can make these for birthdays too, using Play-Doh cutters or stencils to cut out theme shaped cookies your children will enjoy.

Makes 60

Ingredients

1½ cups (190g) maida(refined flour)

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup (100g) sugar, powdered

½ cup (100g) butter

2 tablespoons milk or water

 

Method

  1. Sift the flour with baking powder. Add the powdered sugar and mix well.
  2. Add softened butter and mix with your fingers until you have a crumbly mix.
  3. Add milk or water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to make a soft dough that just holds together.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or more. Take it out just before you are ready to roll and bake the cookies.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease a couple of baking trays or line them with butter paper. Use a clean area of your kitchen counter as a workspace and sprinkle with flour. Take a portion of the dough, form into a ball, and roll into a large circle around 1/8” thick. Cut into shapes of your choice with cookie cutters. Use a large flat knife to gently lift the cut cookies onto the baking sheet. Decorate with silver balls or sprinkles, if you wish.
  6. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough. The number of cookies you get will depend on their shape and thickness. I usually make them 1½ -2” in size.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies turn very light brown at the edges. These bake and burn really fast, so watch over them.
  8. Store in an airtight container or in the fridge, for up to a week.

 

Spinach and Tomato Bruschetta

This is a super healthy snack that’s also a great appetizer for a Xmas party, since it looks so pretty.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 packed cupwashed, dried, and finely chopped spinach leaves

1 tablespoon + 1 tablespoonextra virgin olive oil, + more for brushing the toasts

Salt to taste

Freshly ground pepper to taste

1 cup deseeded and finely chopped tomatoes

Red chilli flakes (optional)

1baguette (French bread) or 8 slices of bread

½ cup hung curd, lightly salted

Method

  1. Marinate the spinach in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for at least one hour. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, after marinating.
  2. Marinate the tomatoes with pepper (not salt) and a tablespoon of olive oil, for atleast one hour. Add some red chilli flakes, if you wish.
  3. Cut the baguette at a sharp angle into 16 thin slices or cut the slices of bread into rectangular halves.
  4. Lightly toast the bread in an oven, toaster or pan.
  5. To assemble the bruschetta first brush the toast with olive oil, then putting a layer of spinach, then the tomatoes and finally a dollop of the hung curd.Serve fresh.

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