December 2018 started off with a bang! Work was hectic and I was still at my desk on Saturday the 22nd. On the 23rd we had my family over for lunch and that marked the start of our festive season. I hope that 2019 hold all that you need. I do not make resolutions and this year I will try to set myself attainable goals.
I only used the caramel flavouring once before gifting it to my friend Nadia. I have been working on a recipe using chocolate and she mentioned she would make her version caramel flavour if she could. So I gave her the bottle. Like many things purchased for the blog, it was only going to get used once.
December 2018 FOMO Box
The December 2018 Food On Monthly Order box contained a lot of Christmas themed goodies. There was no ways I would have time to attempt the Christmas tree so that has been set aside for this year! We crushed the dark chocolate and almond biscuits over ice cream. The panettoncino was enjoyed on Christmas day. I saved the alcohol free G&T for that day as well deciding to making a slower start knowing what was ahead of me.
Kholofelo Mokgata from Hatch Communication sent me three bottles of wine from Boland Cellar to enjoy. These formed part of their best achievements for 2018 and I can see why. The One Formation Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc 2018 blend won the trophy for Best White Wine at the Paarl Wine Challenge. It was awarded 4 stars from Platter’s and won gold at the Veritas Awards. At the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, the Talent & Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2018 was awarded gold. It has also won the tender to be served on all South African Airways international business class flights and in SAA Premium Lounges from May. My favourite of the 3, The Reserve No 1 Chenin Unwooded 2017 was awarded gold at the Veritas Awards and 4 starts from Platter’s.
Last but not least is a wooden spoon. Dave and I stayed at an apartment in Ortigia which did not have one. Dave likes using a wooden spoon when he cooks so I went out and bought one for him. I find it slightly too large but it is being used.
This post is part of the #IMK series, hosted by Sherry. Pop on over to see who else has showcased what is new in their kitchens this month.
Dave and I are still on leave. I will pop into my blog every now and then to read and reply to comments. Today is tweede nuwe jaar’s dag (second new year’s day) in the Western Cape, a day full of celebration!