Halle-lu-jah! Halva-lu-jah! One of my favourite Christmas time treats is halva! When I was a kid, there were three flavours – vanilla, chocolate and marbled. How exciting it was to see my mother unwrap the brown paper from the halva block and slice off small chunks for us to slowly savour. I really had no idea […]
I never liked Fig Newtons. They were nothing more than sad excuses for cookies that looked like tar folded into cardboard strips. They weren’t just unappealing, they were downright annoying, taking up valuable space in the cookie cupboard. How I longed to run them down with a box of Wagon Wheels. Although my Mother always […]
Why, when I have 364 days of the year to prepare for this, am I always drowning in a last-minute wave of Yuletide? I thought for once that this year would be different, as we have dramatically scaled down our festivities. With half of the family out of town, it should be quite a […]
Use a mini watermelon for these festive trees. Cut crosswise into rounds. Slice each round into 8 wedges. Trim rind off bottom, leaving a 1/2 inch piece in the middle for the tree trunk. Score branches on wedges.