Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Turkeys are here!

It's that time of year when I regret telling the guy at the gym that I wasn't interested in weight training. Here I am again with enormous turkeys to move! Everyone else at the turkey farm seems equipped with forklifts and muscles, I had neither. But I got them loaded and unloaded, and with the help of the lovely Jo and H, they are now all tucked away in a variety of chillers ready for collection. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More new toys!

Just a few weeks after receiving a proper stand to display my seasoned pioneers spices, along came a stand for the Quaranta torrone (Italian nougat). Rather than displaying lots of different flavours on one cake stand, now I can spread them over three tiers. Now it looks even more tempting!

The nougat itself (torrone) is a soft sweet mix of sugar, honey, egg whites, hazelnuts and almond into which chocolate, or fruits are swirled. The softer fruits like the berries and the chocolate create a beautiful marble effect in the nougat. The cakes of nougat are cut into slices and individually wrapped in cellophane, so you can see the whole slices in all their glory.

The nougat is a really popular gift throughout the year, but especially so at Christmas. It is a grown-up confection, and perfect for sharing.