christmas parties with nosy family

It’s almost that time of the year again … Christmas !
And i absolutely love christmas, i really do. The lights, the smell of the christmas trees, the songs that go along with it and of course the presents. Who wouldn’t love those 🙂
But besides all those wonderful things there is one thing i would rather skip … Every year the same question at all the family dinners ‘How is your love life doing ? seeing anyone yet ?’ and every year i have to give them the same answer ‘no i’m not seeing anyone at the moment’ or anything in the likes of that. And as a custom they make the same inappropriate jokes they make every year.

This year for a moment it looked like i could have answered their question differently.
Because for a moment i thought i found someone. To make a long story short …
I saw someone i thought was interesting, so i fussed about it for weeks and i finally managed to ask him out. Then we went on a date and he was really interesting and we had a lot of common interests and whatnot. At the end of the date i kissed him, we kissed.
We planned another date, all went smoothly until that one horrid moment when he got my name wrong. The man is completely infatuated with me, to the extreme as where he can’t take his eyes off me ( which kinda bothered me near the end), and then he gets my name wrong … Yes that kinda stuff happens, yes he might have been tired, but still.
Maybe i’m just the one making excuses, but in the end there was no spark at all, not from my side anyways. And please don’t think i’m judging the man just because he got my name wrong ( and i really haven’t given enough background info but this post would get to damn long if i did), because i really do like him a lot, but maybe just not enough.
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So no dear family i am not currently dating anyone, so no i don’t know if they have a rich father. And i certainly don’t care what you think about me being single, or what my future husband should be like.

Maybe it’s a bit early but happy holidays everybody 🙂
let’s all enjoy the festivities and good food ^^

Christmas fruitcake

It’s almost Christmas and me and my mum like to start early with the decorations and cookie baking. My mum decided to make a christmas fruitcake and wanted me to share it with all you guys. We call it a christmas fruitcake but it’s actually an english fruitcake but we just like to eat it at Christmas 🙂
the recipe contains lots of dried fruits and nuts so get ready to chop ! (be careful though !) So what you need before you even begin to read the ingredients is; make sure you have enough time because this cake isn’t ready in 30min, and you’ll need a fairly large mixing bowl and when i say large i mean large :p And of course you’ll need a bund shaped cake tin.

So for the ingredients …

100 gr raisins
200 gr maraschino cherries (the one you use in cocktails)
1/2 dl of the maraschino cherrie syrup
100 gr dates
100 gr candied fruit
100 gr of nut mix
1/2 dl of whiskey
225 gr butter
4 eggs
2  1/2 dl sugar ( we use our measuring cup)
4  1/2 dl flour
2 teaspoons four-spice (if you don’t have four-spice you can use 1tspn cinnamon, 1 tspn gingerpouder, 1/2 tspn of clove powder)
and then last but not least 1 tspn of cacao powder.

You start by chopping all the nuts fruits,cherries(you can just half these) and dates in to little bits. Put them all into a bowl and pout in the syrup and whiskey. Mix them together and cover up with some foil, let them soak in the flavors for about an hour.
Meanwhile in another bowl soften the butter together with the sugar. Then slowly add the eggs, one at a time. It may look like the mixture is shifting but that’s the way it’s supposed to look, just keep mixing !
When the fruit mixture has been soaked for an hour you can add flour and spices and cacao powder, mix well and make sure all is covered in flour (this will make them from dropping to the bottom of your cake). Then add the flour mix to the butter mix and again mix well. At this stage you can taste if your cake needs more seasoning.
Preheat your oven at 170°C or 338 F while you oven is heating up grease the cake tin and dust with (grounded!) breadcrumbs, this will help to get the cake out of the tin more easily.  After dusting the tin you can start filling it with the batter. Make sure it’s evenly spread and then put in the oven for 2 hours (yes 2 hours is a long time). When finished let the cake cool down in the tin before getting it out.

Dust the top with icing sugar and decorate with a festive ribbon and voila your ready for christmas !