Moreish - tick. Calorific - most likely. Easy Peasy - tick. Cute gift to take to dinner party - double tick. I made about 45 of these Christmas trees form following 100g Butter, room temperature 50g Grated strong cheddar or other equally pongy cheese 50g Parmesan 100g Plain flour pinch cayenne or chilli flakes Sesame poppy or fennel seeds to sprinkle on for decoration Pre heat oven to 180C/gas mark 4 Cut butter into chunks Put all ingredients apart from the seeds into food processor. Pulse it until it forms a ball. Believe me it does form a ball. Put in a bowl, cover with cling film and put in fridge for a good hour. Go do stuff Generously flour work surface Line a baking tray or three with greaseproof Put dough on work surface. Put the cling film on top of dough and roll it out. Keep lifting and turning it so it doesn't stick to the work surface. Roll out to about pound thickness Go crazy with your Christmas tree cutters, stars, bells whatever tickles your fancy Sprinkle with your seeds of choice. Bake for 10 - 15 mins until pale golden Take from baking sheet as soon as they come out of over as they will stick Delicious with aperitifs or on the cheeseboard. They don't hang around for long
Warning! If you don't like bodily fluids look away now.
There is a lump. Near my armpit area. It has been checked out and it's a "nothing to be worried about" lump. Can someone tell this to Lump please. It has been there quite happily minding its own business for the past year or so til recently. Something's made it angry. And you know what happens when you get angry ? Yes that's right you go green! Or in this case red and swollen. Think "how to get ahead in advertising" So when Lump wakes me in the middle of night because it's feeling very angry I try to placate it with Very Hot Water Salt Solution. It's getting very big and may explode at any moment. Take cover. You have been warned!