TIS THE SEASON TO GET BAKING

Christmas has come about so quick in the Ramsay’s household, where has this year gone!

In this household attention now turns to the highly anticipated Christmas season, and the foodie marvels it has to offer.

Christmas does not have to be all about turkey, baked ham, Dry Aged standing beef roast, BBQ, and all the trimmings, with the festive period providing the perfect excuse for a good old baking session!

Ideal to offer as gifts (arranged and wrapped in festive cellophane, tied with ribbon), or to fill up some space on your Christmas tree, now that the kids are off school, let them help as well. Christmas biscuits in particular are quick simple, and therapeutic to make, and taste absolutely delicious too!

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So don the Christmas apron and let the smell of Christmas spices fill your house as you rustle up a number of indulgent and eye catching treats for family and friends to enjoy, the more sparkle the better!

Christmas Spice Biscuits

Ingredients

200 gr self raising flour

100 gr butter

100 gr caster sugar

1 tsp of  ground spice (use a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, or mixed spice, or try a combination)

1 egg

Method

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add the sugar and spice and mix through. Beat the egg in a small jug, and gradually add to the mixture until it comes together to form a dough.

Knead the dough gently until it is smooth, and then turn it onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll out the dough so that it is 3-4mm thick, and use Christmas shaped cutters to create festive shaped biscuits.

Place the biscuits on a baking tray lined with baking paper, making sure that they are not too close together. If making tree decorations, make a small hole near the edge of each biscuit using a chopstick, or the end of a teaspoon. Ribbon can be threaded through the hole to hang the biscuits once they are cooked!

Place the biscuits in the oven, and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

When cooked, remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool for two minutes, before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. When cool, the biscuits are ready for decorating! I tend to use a thick icing (made from icing sugar and water), with edible sparkly bits sprinkled on top.

 

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WHAT DO YOU BUY THE PERSON IN YOUR LIFE THAT HAS EVERYTHING

As the festive season draws ever closer, thousands of shoppers will frequent online and offline outlets in search of the ideal gifts for their loved ones.

Unfortunately, although you may find it easy to shop for many of your friends and family members, at Ramsay’s on the run we recognise how there will always undoubtedly be a certain special someone for whom it seems impossible to buy! Regardless of whether this loved one is a spouse, relative or close friend, many of us face the annual gift-giving dilemma of finding presents which will suit the person in your life who seemingly already has everything they could ever want or need!

Fortunately, at Ramsay’s on the run,  we have devised a solution to this dreaded festive dilemma; private staff support! By giving the gift of time in the form of temporary, part-time or full-time private staff assistance, you can reward the person in your life who seemingly has everything with a thoughtful present from which they will benefit throughout the year.

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Consequently, if you have begun your Christmas shopping and would like to reward a family member or friend with a gift like no other, then listed below are our helpful hints on how to match them with their ideal avenue of private staff support:

Private chefs: If you have someone in your life who seemingly has everything but never has time to cook then why not give them the gift of a private chef?

At Ramsay’s on the run we can match your friend and relatives with extensively qualified and diversely experienced culinary professionals who can provide the following services:

 

  • Plan and prepare an array of delicious menus in accordance with your friend or family member’s particular culinary tastes or dietary requirements
  • Provide the person  in your life with one-to-one cooking lessons and demonstrations, introduce them to a broad spectrum of international cuisine.
  • Provide exquisite catering services for formal dining events or social gatherings.

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In this manner, investing a private chef service will enable your gift recipient to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals on a daily basis with minimal hassle. Moreover, giving the gift of a private chef could even lead to the person in your life discovering a new passion for cooking; thereby equipping them with culinary skills that will benefit them far beyond the festive season! One of the best things is that we can do it anywhere!

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Who is Ramsay’s on the Run?

Rod Ramsay;

Has been living his dream of fine cuisine and travel. His chef background establishes him as one of the foremost chefs in New Zealand and Australia, having managed and run award winning restaurants, hotel kitchens and event venues. Rod, along with wife Belinda, managed world renowned Sign of the Takahe, one of Christchurch’s most popular boutique event venues, in the Port Hills of Christchurch. This restaurant won the Beef and Lamb award 5 years running. Also Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses, Sheraton Perth

A highlight of Rod’s career was to be invited to act as private chef to Prince Philip during an Australasian visit, Rod travelled with the Prince and prepared fine cuisine for his small entourage.

Belinda Ramsay;

has extensive knowledge in customer service in the art of making the customer feel that they are the only person that is on the planet. Both Rod and Belinda have travelled the world, and are very knowledgeable in travel and food. Belinda is the stylist from a passion that she has nurtured for many years. Belinda is always looking for new inspiration in magazines, cookery books, shops and anything else that catches her attention.

Please contact us by email:chef.rod.ramsay@gmail.com for more information and prices.

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