A sold-out Christmas

This year, Christmas was CRAZY!! We ran out of boxes for our macarons and couldn’t get anymore from our French supplier. We also got a very very very big order for the beginning of january (but we are not aloud to say anything yet – top secret) so we didn’t really have any time for anything else.

So as you can imagine, I have very little time to sit down, have a cup of tea and write something. This is why I’m not going to give you a full recipe but only a great idea.

I made a starter for christmas eve, as all the family was at home. It was a first and I’ll definitly make it again.

On the day before, I made a mushroom and courgette risotto, I cooked it a tiny bit more than I would normally do as I needed to be able to shape it afterwards.

I left it in the fridge overnight.

About 30 mins before serving…

make balls with the risotto, about the size of an egg.

Coat the balls first with flour, then with lightly beaten egg and then with breadcrumbs.

Deep fry them until golden brown. (To keep them warm, leave them in an oven).

You can present them with some rocket, lettuce and watercress.

Everybody really loved them, they looked a lot like scotch eggs so they have a bit of a surprise effect. For any occasion’s starter, it’s really great and not too filling.

Mylene

Canapes

This week, we had our usual weekly order and an order which was very new for me: canapés. We had to make 300 canapés, looking beautiful and posh.
After a bit of thought we chose to make five different ones.

The option of a savoury macaroon was nearly automatic. I know it sounds a bit weird, the sweet shells and the savoury filling but the result is quite spectacular!
So, along with the macaroons, I made mini pizzas, toast with humous and pepper, blinis with smoked salmon and nice little potato croquettes on cocktail sticks.

Everything went perfectly until Saturday morning, the day of delivery. I was packaging the canapés to transport them and…. all my beautiful macaroons were stuck together and falling apart. They were impossible to use. It was 9 o’clock and they were needed  at  12.60 macaroons in 2 and a half hours, let’s start!
Macarooning, piping, resting (not me, the macaroons have to rest for an hour minimum), cooking, cooling and filling!!

At the end, they were ready by 11.30 and were looking much better than the first ones I made. We took the car to Blakesley to deliver them et voilà! The canapés were very much appreciated.

So finally a bit of a stress but everything end up perfectly in the end!!

 

Mylène