Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Who ate all the shortbread?



I made another batch of macadamia and mandarin shortbread tonight intending to take it along to my book group Christmas get-together, but hubby has requisitioned it for work. Those colleagues had better be grateful...

We are discussing Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb. It is the story of a Belgian girl who spends a year working for a Japanese corporation in Tokyo and I absolutely loved it. But then, I don't know how much of that is because I have worked in Tokyo and found it hugely familiar to read about. I'm looking forward to seeing what the others thought.

It may be tempting fate to say so, but I think I am finished with Christmas shopping (at least on the present procurement front). Now I just need to attend to a couple of wrapping dilemmas (rugby ball ideas anyone?) then it's food food food! My favourite bit.

16 comments:

kirsten said...

i have book club tonight, too! have fun - the book looks really interesting.

Soo said...

time to enjoy the chrissie season......food and baking, yum! have a great Christmas!

jojo* said...

I'm gaining weight looking at the shortbread. Yum! Lucky you--done with Christmas shopping. I have a sick one at home and am wondering when I can go out next to finish mine up. Merry Christmas, Ali!

monica said...

wow. Lucky colleagues!

Have youe ver thought of setting up one of those small businesses? Your cooking is sooo good!

Dee said...

that looks awesome! Now you've got me thinking about baking too :)

tiel s-k said...

what book club are you in? At the end of every year I am disappointed at my lack of reading and endevour to be better in the new year.

Rugby Ball...my husband would love one of those! He is a huge Rugby nut.

Perhaps you could grab a cardboard box from the grocery/fruit and veg store and wrap it up in that!

tiel s-k said...

I might even endeavour to be a better speller too!

Amy said...

Pretty cookies. Nothing so labor intensive for me yet - but just wait.

Gift bags, baby. They are unphotogenic and cheesy but so easy and you can use them over and over and over. I want to do some sort of eco fabric wrap each year until I remember I am stuck with 50 gift bags from previous Christmases that my family and friends and I keep exchanging back and forth with each other...

julie said...

ooh yum, scrumptious looking shortbread - macadamia and mandarin sounds so delicious and very festive and I love the chocolate drizzle. Hope those workers toasted your good health and fab baking skills!

lazylol said...

Yum yum - lovely picture of the shortbread.

velcro said...

that book looks very intriguing. I shall have to see if I can order it from the library.

Alicia A. said...

I would have snatched those babies up too if I were there!

I hope youre family has a safe and wonderful holiday!

weirdbunny said...

Ali I'm back !!!! Yip I'm posting on my blog again, well it is christmas afterall. Terrible news about the broken washing machine. I'm doing all my laundry today then that's it till after christmas day!!!!

Have a wonderful christmas -love Julia x

nuttnbunny said...

Happy Holidays! Here's to more transatlantic trips and (not so hectic) drinks in 2007. Next rounds on me :-)

joyce said...

that looks so good!!!

Strikkelise said...

Merry Christmas!