Thursday, January 01, 2009

Hello 2009!!

It has been AGES since i last posted!! Its been a crazy few months, busy with work, church activities, having fun hahah! All in all, 2008 was a great year. I dont think I had like life changing moments but it was rather made up of a lot of small, fun, great moments all mixed up together.

Let's see... i had my first go at Karaoke! phhooeeett! And then I went again! Never thought I'd enjoy karaoke but if you're with a crazee crowd, its really fun!

I didnt travel much this year as compared to previous years, gotta cut down on all these luxuries. Yessirree. Sigh, there goes my big plans for a holiday in New Zealand.. maybe in 2 years time.. hopefully.

I didnt cook as much as I wanted to. Hmm the cooking bug seems to have left me. Sigh. I better get my cooking buddy MY and plan wat we intend to try out for year 2009 or else I will just get plain lazy.

I made a lot of good frens this year. You learn a lot from different people. And they really make you grow as a person.

I learnt how to make mooncakes!!

Anyhoo, the whole reason for this post was actually to blog about my latest recipe. MY and I couldnt resist making this classy dessert/starter (don't know which) for a fren's christmas do.

Our very own Christmas Cheese Log!!

Bring it to any potluck and you'll receive plenty of praises, plus its super easy to make!

Lookit all those yummy Hmmm!

What you'll need is just - 1 block of Philadephia cream cheese, any nuts and dried fruits of your choice. We used dried pineapples (they are delish! you absolutely MUST try them), pistachios and dried apricots. Another version was with almond flakes sans the pistachios. The first definitely tasted better because of the pistachios but the latter was not bad too. You can try with walnuts, or more luxurious nuts like macadamia, brazil nuts .... i love NUTS!

So, just leave the cream cheese out to soften a bit. Chop up all the dried fruits. Toast the nuts for a wee bit in the oven then chop them up too. Mixed the dried fruits into the cream cheese and stir them up. Plonk the cream cheese onto a piece of aluminium foil and start sprinkling the chopped nuts all over. Use the foil to roll the cream cheese into the shape of a log. Press in all the nuts, sprinkle more and repeat till your log is bursting with those nuts.

The pistachios really make the logs look beautiful with their shades of beige, brown and green.

Serve with some crackers and enjoy the praises!

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