Christmas Time, Mistletoe & Biscotti


Do you notice a recurring theme round these here parts of late? Don’t worry though, I haven’t sold out, I’m still the bitter mad soul you all know and love; I’ve just donned a bit of tinsel.

Biscotti, like panettone, are one of those things that would end up in our household around Christmas… then stay in our household for months and months, uneaten, slowly going green, growing legs and practically walking out the front door. Have I mentioned Momma Lee’s tendency to hoard food goods? Unspeakable stenches drift from the open fridge because of her obsession with keeping random leftovers that never get eaten. This may just be an Asian thing: one chicken wing in a tupperware box that sits there for months. Do you know what I’m talking about?

My food memories of such goods are not amazing. But then they were always store-bought, and I will always champion homebaked goods over store-bought. Maybe it was time to mix it up a little and see if I could conquer my biscotti fears with that holiday favourite: cranberries and pistachios.




Did you know that ‘om-nom-nom-nom’ originated from Cookie Monster? When you think about it it makes total sense. If you’re interested watch the Know Your Meme on it here.

We don’t get biscuits in the UK. The closest equivalent is scones, a British tea-time staple. Scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam and a cuppa tea? Perfection. But biscuits are a whole different breed, and the first time I had them in the States (for breakfast with country gravy) it was like a taste sensation explosion in my mouth. A definite om-nom-nom-nom moment. They were warm, buttery, flaky and I couldn’t get enough. Ever since then I’ve been on a mission to recreate them, and this recipe comes pretty darn close.