14 things I love about Christmas – Day nine

The cooking! Today was the first day of the cooking of the Christmas fare. The girls always love to help, which baffles me a bit as, although I love it, I am usually only a shade or two below ‘super cranky’, due to tiredness, the heat etc etc and I’m sure I’m not too pleasant to be around most years. Ah, it’s good to have forgiving kids 🙂

So we whack on the Christmas music, and get stuck into it. Today, we made what I call, ‘cheese and bacon roll up savoury thingies’.  I can’t remember where the recipe came from or what they are supposed to be called but I first made them years ago and they have been a firm Christmas favourite ever since, to the point where apparently, “it’s just not Christmas without them”.

While I like the taste, they are a bit of a rigmarole to make, so now that the girls are a bit older (never, ever could coax that boy of mine into helping with the cooking!) we have a real production line going.

Doesn't really look appealing yet, does it?

Doesn’t really look appealing yet, does it?

When you are cutting the crusts off 35 slices of bread, it's handy to have an electric knife!

When you are cutting the crusts off 35 slices of bread, it’s handy to have an electric knife!

Flattening the slices - that's Chalky's job.

Flattening the slices – that’s Chalky’s job.

Spreading the mixture on. That's a two-girl job.

Spreading the mixture on. That’s a two-girl job.

Rolling them up and inserting two toothpicks - that's Mum job.

Rolling them up and inserting two toothpicks – that’s Mum’s job.

After then cutting in two, they are ready for the either the oven or the freezer. In this case, it was the freezer. No yummy golden brown ones to photograph, I'm afraid.

After then cutting in two, they are ready for either the oven or the freezer. In this case, it was the freezer. No yummy golden brown ones to photograph, I’m afraid.

And then the clean up. Note child sitting on other side of bench eating a Zooper Dooper after all her hard work. I think she did help a little with the clean up though :)

And then the clean up. Note child sitting on other side of bench eating a Zooper Dooper after all her hard work. I think she did help a little with the clean up eventually 🙂

Oh and if you want the recipe, sure, you can ask me. I just can’t guarantee that I won’t ‘forget’ to tell you an ingredient or two 😉

What special food do you make – or like to eat! – at Christmas?