I am lazy lately. Actually that’s only half true. I mean I am actually all but lazy. I work from 7 am till 10 pm either in my day time job or on my thesis or on the blog. I have breaks for food, basic cleaning of the apartment and myself or commuting but besides this I am pretty much working all the time! Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining here. Quite the contrary is the truth. Cause for once it doesn’t stress me much! I actually make a good progress in all areas and I embrace it.
Yet with this amount of time in front of a computer screen some other things have to suffer. Like getting ready for Christmas. Like kitchen time. Like making Christmas cookies. I am okay with that all (because my mum-in-law makes awesome cookies and I’ll just sneak a few), yet the point came where the ineviteble happend:
I was invited to a Christmas party and didn’t have anything to bring!
I WAS INVITED TO A CHRISTMAS PARTY AND DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO BRING!
I WAS INVITED TO A CHRISTMAS PARTY… Yeah okay that’s a bit too melodramatic now.
I know I should be above such things but I am vain enough to be not! The cocky foodie in me just can’t let pass a chance to spread my creations! So when I decided Saturday evening that I needed to bring something delicious to the Christmas party on Sunday afternoon I knew it had to be a really quick and easy fix! Why not make a staple of mine? One I like to gift for Christmas as well: CHOCOLATE CROSSIES!
This Chocolate Crossies recipe is idotically easy and all you need is 3 ingredients and 10 minutes plus cooling time. I am in love with recipes like this.
As a plus it’s customizable and people love it! And always a winner in my book, it looks a tiny bit more fancy than it actually is. Whip this up and pretend to go the extra mile for your friends and family while being a lazy bum, putting your feet up and relaxing instead!
Quick and Easy Chocolate Crossies
- 250 g corn flakes
- 600 g dark chocolate
- 1 tsp orange extract
- Give the corn flakes in a large mixing bowl and set aside
- In a waterbath melt the chocolate, gently stirring through from time to time*
- Once completely melted, add the orange extract and stir until fully incorporated
- Pour the chocolate over the cornflakes and stir through the mixture with a fork or spoon until all the corn flakes are completely covered in chocolate
- Take one spoonful of the mixture and place it on a baking sheet so that a small pile of chocolate covered corn flakes forms
- Repeat until all the mass is gone
- Let cool for an hour to a day
You can store the Chocolate Crossies in an airtight container for a few weeks
Now get fancy! Add 1 T Grand Marnier and 1 T orange zests for a fuller orangey flavor or add 1/2 a cup of sliced and roasted almonds for a bit more crunch - just make sure to decrease the amount of cornflakes or increase the amount of chocolate a little bit to keep a good chocolate to crunch ratio!
So while the pressure of bringing something time consuming and fancy to those parties is off my back now I have decided to cancel every obligation I had lined up for the next two weeks. I much rather focus on my work right now, order all my presents online and eat the rest of those lovelies all by myself! Okay I share with the hubby if he’s quick!
So far so good. Don’t get stressed, do whatever you want and let Christmas be a good time. My family will be pleased when I don’t turn up on the 24th being an explosive supernova of stress snapping at the tiniest thing. This will be a nice change in tradition. Maybe I even bring them some Chocolate Crossies 😉
What are your Christmas party coping strategies?
Do you have the tradition of brining something?