December 21, 2009 in Uncategorized
I bet you chaps thought that I had left the country!! It’s been hectic in Tripepi-land, and as the pace quickens one needs to come up with Christmas Goodies in a flash. It’s a wonderfully social time isn’t it. Some lucky people are already on leave or christmas hiatus “lucky lucky people” and some of us are still slogging away at the grind stone whilst shopping, wrapping, mixing cocktails, cooking and mixing more cocktails!!! These little darlings are literally made in 5 minutes ……. i kid you not!!!!
I was flying around Woolies on the weekend and what did i see …. JORJUS TART CASES …. ready made!!!!! 12 for R24 … is a steal.
When I was in Cape Town a few weeks ago, I could not leave without a stop on my way to the airport to catch my return flight to Durban – Daniele and I have a tradition of stopping at Giovanni’s in Greenpoint for breakfast and a wee shopping trip. When I walk into that delicatessen I turn into a true shopping Diva …. generally I have Daniele snapping at my heels instructing me NOT TO TAKE TOO LONG!!!!! I have a perfect foil for this though, I install him at the bar with a double espresso and a sandwich with half of the deli inside!!!!!!!!!! Happy smiley Daniele and happy smiley “peaceful” mum.
Amongst all the fabulous goodies in that Aladdins cave, I found a tube of Chestnut Spread – sweet, uncuous, chestnutty heaven. Not really sure what I was going to make with it – into the basket it went. So here is what became of half of the tube!!!
1 tube of chestnut paste
1 pack of ready made Woolies tart shells
1/2 cup of fresh cream
1 bar of dark chocolate
decorations – silver or gold balls
Melt the chocolate in the microwave (i can’t be bothered with the whole double boiler thing)
When the chocolate has melted add the 1/2 cup of fresh cream and stir it in until it has mixed well
You can add some booze if you like – perhaps some cointreau if you fancy!
In each tart case – squeeze a blob of the chestnut paste
Cover with the Chocolate Ganache
When the ganach has set – decorate to your heart content with whatever you fancy!!!
When you just DON’T have a whole lot of time to devote to the kitchen … these go down very well with a nice espresso!!! or a glass of your favourite tipple … after all it IS Christmas.