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BLISSEMASS: An Aussie Christmas pudding

I’ve posted this recipe before, but it always gets such a great response that I’m doing it again!

Santa pub crawlPeople in the northern hemisphere often find it hard to relate to Christmas in the great south land. Summer isn’t something you northerners identify with carols, eggnog, roast turkey and tinsel.  Well, I’m here to tell you we love our Christmas here in Aussieland…and we remember that the first Christmas was actually in a hot arid country so celebrating in the hot weather isn’t all that strange. Okay, so seeing poor Santa swelter in that heavy red suit and beard in the heat is a little weird I guess, but hey, we watch TV…we see how you guys do it!  We don’t want to be left out….LOL…

To be honest the traditions here are changing. It has a lot to do with our climate, and a lot to do with our multicultural country.  As a child I lived in a society where most people were of a European background. Hence we celebrated much like a family from England or from the USA…minus the snow of course.  Now we are a more eclectic society. Our neighbours are from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong….plus we still have our Irish, English and European heritage.  It’s quite a melting pot really.

So now we combine our traditions.  We might have lobster and prawns, and then plum pudding.  Some still have turkey and ham and all the trimmings.  Some have a barbeque on the beach.  Anything goes.

What doesn’t change is that it’s bl**dy hot!  So I try to have something cooling but still Christmassy enough to be a special occasion.

Here is my recipe for Ice cream Christmas Pudding.  It’s absolutely delicious, if I say so myself J

Ingredients

1 litre tub of chocolate ice cream
500g mixed dried fruit
100 g glace cherries (optional)
100g choc bits
25 mls brandy or rum
500g good quality choc buttons (dark or milk)
250g white chocolate buttons
sprig of holly to decorate

Method
Leave the chocolate ice cream out to soften until it is able to be stirred.
In a bowl, combine the fruit and cherries. Leave aside
Line a pudding bowl with clear plastic wrap.
Melt the chocolate buttons ( in a double boiler, or microwave)
Add a small amount of the brandy or rum to the chocolate and stir.  It now becomes hard, in a play dough sort of texture.
Put the chocolate mixture into the prepared pudding bowl and mould it around the sides until you have completely lined the bowl with the chocolate.

Place it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Mix the fruit and the choc bits into the ice cream and pour it into the pudding bowl over the chocolate lining.
Bring the cling wrap back over the top and wrap.

Place the bowl in the freezer and let it refreeze.  Preferably overnight, but at least 4 hours.

To serve, pull the pudding out of the bowl with the plastic wrap. Up end it onto a serving plate.

Melt the white chocolate and pour it over the frozen pudding and it will harden. It looks like custard :-)

Decorate with a sprig of holly…and voila!

Christmas pudding Aussie style :-)

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Merry Blissemas!

This post is part of the fun Blissemas competition. To join in simply leave a comment on this post and the others at http://blissemas.co.uk and you could be in to win your choice of eReader or $100 gift voucher to spend on eBooks! The prize will be drawn on the 21st December. Merry Blissemas!

How to Join In the Blissemas fun

Visit the Blissemas site every day of the competiton and open that day’s envelope. Leave a comment on the day’s blog to get an entry into the Blissemas Prize Draw. One Entry Per Person Per Blog each day.

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Terms & Conditions

Blissemas this year runs from the 25th Nov – 19th Dec.

The Winner will be drawn at Midnight GMT on the 21st Dec 2013.
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And don’t forget to check out my latest release CHASING TERPSICHORE

When a Greek goddess lands in modern times there’s bound to be trouble.

You can read an excerpt and buy the book HERE

Do Superheroes Dress Up for Halloween? Special guest Kitty Bucholtz

Do Superheroes Dress Up for Halloween?

PrintI love a little bit of fun and a little bit of mysterious in a story. Even better when there’s a little bit of love. My favorite books for the last several years have been the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. He manages to get more than a little of all of those elements into his stories about a wizard living in Chicago.

When I started my Adventures of Lewis and Clarke series about a newlywed superhero couple and their friends, I hoped I’d have all of those things, too. The first book starts with Tori Lewis finding out that she has a super power. She’s just returned from her honeymoon and is freaking out about how she will explain this to her new husband, Joe Clarke. But she doesn’t know that Joe has secrets of his own.

This week I’m releasing a short story called “Superhero in Disguise” that is set on Halloween, the night Tori and Joe meet. I had so much fun writing it! It reminded me of growing up in Michigan (in the northern part of the United States) where autumn means fresh apple cider and hot cinnamon doughnuts and colorful leaves covering everything. And Halloween.

Even though I’ve lived all over the U.S., it wasn’t until I got a note from my editor asking me what Devil’s Night is that I began to understand how different all the regions in the States really are. After some research, I was astonished to find that Michigan is the only state with Devil’s Night. (What kind of people are we to think that annual petty vandalism is funny?!)

When I was back in Michigan this summer doing book signings for Unexpected Superhero (book one in the series), I drove around looking at everything I love and miss about that area. A single maple tree near my grandpa’s house was already turning red. A farmer’s market sold me some of my all-time favorite apples (Macintosh). And I stopped at a cider mill and bought fresh apple pie, hot cinnamon doughnuts, and cold hard cider (alcoholic version of apple cider). I love research!

I thought it would be fun to give away “Superhero in Disguise” to give people a taste of the Adventures of Lewis and Clarke series, so I set it as free on Smashwords where you can get it today. Over the next few days, you should also be able to download it for free from Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo, and others. On Amazon, it’s 99 cents for now, but I expect them to price-match it soon. (Meanwhile, you can download a free Kindle version on Smashwords.)

If you ask me, the best way to enjoy a Halloween-set book is to curl up in a comfy chair, wrapped in a fluffy blanket, drinking apple cider or hot chocolate. And it wouldn’t hurt if you had a bowl of miniature candy bars nearby—you know, to be ready for the little kids on Halloween night.

Kitty Bucholtz Author PhotoKitty Bucholtz grew up forty miles east of Traverse City, Michigan, the setting of most of her books. There she met and married the love of her life, John, and they struck out for parts unknown. Their adventures included going back to school, changing careers, and traveling Down Under. They spent a few years in Sydney where Kitty earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree from University of Technology, Sydney, while John made a penguin named Mumble dance.

Check out Kitty’s other books, in print and ebook format, at your favorite online retailers. You can connect with Kitty by email, on Facebook, on Twitter, and at her web site.

LINKS:

The story on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/366811

My email: kitty@kittybucholtz.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kittybucholtzauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KittyBucholtz

Web site: http://kittybucholtz.com/

It’s OUT! And the Chasing Terpsichore Blog Tour is also live!

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Available NOW from Total-E-Bound Publishing http://ow.ly/q0zDG and from Amazon athttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G6PAT9A and it’s only 99 cents!

BLOG TOUR Dates and details

October 28: Twinsie Talk Book Reviews – http://twinsietalk.blogspot.ca/

October 29: Pick a Genre Already – http://pickagenrealready.blogspot.ca

October 30: Jo-Anna Walker – http://joannawlkr.blogspot.ca/

November 4: C.A. Szarek – www.caszarekwriter.blogspot.com

November 5: Ariesgrl Book Reviews – http://ariesgrlreview.com

                        UP ALL NIGHT REVIEWS – http://www.upallnightreviews.blogspot.com

                        Ashe Barker – http://ashebarker.com/

November 6: Paranormal Tendencies – www.paranormaltendencies.com

                        Crystal’s Many Reviews – http://www.crystalsmanyreviews.blogspot.com

                        Beyond Romance – http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com

November 7: Dawn’s Reading Nook – http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com

 

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