If you have a boring brownie, so-so cheesecake or plain cookies, just make them festive by buying good strawberries, cutting the stems out and plonking them upside down on a circle of whipped cream. Add a dollop of cream on top and voila!
Step one, buy youngish asparagus (test it out, if it’s a bit too hard, peel the outer layer off). Step two, wrap with bacon or prosciutto. Step three, drizzle with oil and pop into oven at about 180 deg C to bake for about 5 minutes. Step four, serve and eat.
Bacon Cheese Balls
Blend an 8oz package of cream cheese (softened), and a cup of shredded cheddar (if you’re a cheese lover, you can add bleu cheese, too). Season with pepper and a touch of salt. Mix in chopped, cooked bacon bits (maybe 5 or 6 slices) and chopped spring onions and parsley. Last but not least, chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts). Use a small ice-cream scoop to form small balls and serve with crackers.
Santa Popcorn Crunch
We saw this on Pinterest and couldn’t resist telling you about this: Make popcorn (we like it buttered), and while it’s hot, mix it in with red and green M&Ms. FESTIVE!
Pull-apart cheesey loaf
Get an uncut round loaf of bread and cut it into a grid — don’t cut all the way through the bottom, leaving the bread “chunks” (just under an inch square apiece) fanning out from the base. Blend 125g butter, 2 cups grated/shredded cheeses (to taste) and finely chopped bacon/salami/ham/paprika/chives — up to a cupful, depending on how salty you want it. Sprinkle this into the grid between the bread chunks. Wrap it in foil and bake in a 180 deg C oven for 20 minutes (keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t end up burnt. Or you could try doing it like the Sunshine Garlic Bread sticks in the frozens department, and spread your cheesy mixture over the slices.