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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
I've made it to my life's goal - the old age pension. Now I write for fun. Hope you enjoy reading.
Published January 2nd 2015
Stressed spelt backwards is desserts Coincidence? No way

Did you get Your Favourite Christmas Dessert this Year?

Every year when I get to the Christmas dinner table I promise myself I'm going to spread the load to ensure I have enough room left over to try all the desserts. Well, maybe not all of them but certainly a good selection of what's on offer. I never get to try everything because one of the contradictions of my life is I don't like sweets that include alcohol drinking is good; eating is bad so any sherry- drenched trifles, rum-soaked plum puddings or lemon whiskey cakes can be shared among the others but will nary pass my lips.

Although, in some situations, this would leave me with precious little to choose from but fortunately my family has a fine Christmas dessert tradition. This convention exists because we are blessed with a mother/nanna who could cook up the most glorious desserts; the pinnacle, in my view, being her apple pie. Unfortunately, mum/nanna is not getting any younger and her days of spending Christmas Eve cooking up a storm are over. She has almost completely passed the baton over to us kids. We now each prepare a dessert for the table while mum/nanna provides the family member hosting the meal with his/her favourite dessert.

This year my sister hosted a most magnificent feast where the only glitch turned out to be her favourite dessert trifle; yuck!

The day was not a total wipe out for me. Here is the selection I was presented with.

Jatz Cake:

This is a type of Pavlova with Jatz crackers and chocolate you have to try it to understand it.

Chocolate Mousse:

Perennial favourite, especially with the kids. Heaped with fresh cream and eaten with your eyes closed it's like being in heaven.

Plum Pudding:

This looks like a ring-in (purchased at the supermarket) but as it was supplied by the host who also did up the mousse for her grand-kids so an exception was granted.

Lemon Cheese Cake:

My offering was a lemon cheese cake, and, as it turned out, it was well received. Everybody said they knew it was mine as soon as they saw it. I'm not quite sure how they could as I didn't have my name on it anywhere.

Well, in answering my own question I'd have to say, "No, I didn't get my favourite Christmas dessert this year". My favourite will always remain mum's apple pie with a bit of ice cream and fresh cream to help it down.

But, in retrospect, I did all right. I by-passed the trifle and sampled the rest and, at the end of the day, had to sit at the table and wait for the pressure on my stomach to ease. All in all, it was pretty good.

How did you go? Did you get your favourites or, like me, did you have to settle for some fantastic second bests?
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