Molten Chocolates

Molten Chocolates

This was a Christmas special at M&S which sounded too good to leave on the shelf – chocolates which you heat up so as you bite into the crisp outer shell the molten chocolate spills out. Sort of like the chocolate version of a lava cake, really.

Or would have been, if I had managed to make them work.

I am not sure quite what happened, as I followed the instructions carefully, but the shells started cracking before the oven time was up, yet the chocolate inside was stubbornly lukewarm and solid. In the tropical heat of our Singapore climate, maybe I should just have left them on the kitchen counter to achieve the right effect.

Sushi Santa

Category : Food

sushi santa

OK, I admit I am showing off, but these were hand made by daughter #1 and myself at a cooking class in Singapore just before Christmas. In fact, they were simpler to make than might appear – you just have to have a picture in your head of what the cross section will look like once you bundle up all the rolls of seaweed-wrapped rice you have made.

These Santas were constructed with 5 slim rolls of white rice, one rounded rectangle of white rice, a square of soy sauce tinged rice and a triangle tinted red. Position them carefully, encase the whole lot in a final sheet of nori seaweed, and you have a chunky roll which can then be sliced. The details of eyes and nose were cut out of seaweed or bits of deconstructed crabstick, and added afterwards.

Once you know how this works, the design possibilities are endless!