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  1. Sig

    Agree with the Christmas food overload (except for peppermint bark – I can totally get on that) and I was scrolling down the page with intermitten bursts of “oohh I could make that” or ” Oh YUM” and “Man, these balls look tasty” and then realised what I said and I couldn’t un-say it.

    I like the word zelted – it sounds like zested but with a sharp twang, like a fast lightning bolt kind of word.

  2. Carrying On

    A bit of respite from the silly season never goes astray…we’ve gone a bit non-traditional with Christmas desserts this year. It may take some healing, and I suspect your nutella fudge and pretty sparkles might be just the thing to do it.

  3. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    I am so zelted that you don’t like my chocolate bark ;) hhehehe

    Have a BRILLIANT Xmas my dear – filled with lots of love, laugher and fun! x

  4. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    You make me smile. :)

    And I want one of those honey truffles. YUM.

  5. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I hope you’ve recovered, dear Hannah. How terrible to have to work through such sickness (boo, it sucks!). Although I hope you’ve still retained the ability to create words. Zelted is superb. Apard’s pretty great too :) Merry Christmas, lovely.
    Heidi xo

  6. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I think you just have a calling as a word creator, myself :) My tendency is to come out with real words, but ones that don’t fit in the sentence, or which are similar to the word I really want but aren’t actually it (and similar as in they start with the same letter, not, sadly, that they mean the same thing). I might adopt the stroke excuse too. I have grave fears for how I’ll be when I’m in my 70s.

  7. leaf (the indolent cook)

    You’re such a wordsmith! Well, I don’t really do Christmas presents either. But I’ll bring something yummy when I’m a guest at someone’s gathering. That’s good enough for me!

  8. Andrew

    Clearly your use of language is just evolving at a faster rate than everyone else’s. ;)

    I found your story to be quite higgacious. :)

  9. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Zelted. This is an obvious portmanteau of “zealous” and “jilted.” Clearly the appropriate word for the situation. :)

  10. Margaret

    Merry Christmas cutie. I hope you have many exciting moments that make you squeal with joy.
    Earlier this week I was in a health food store in Sydney and noticed Vivani chocolate. I wanted to buy one of the green tea and mango variety but there was none left! Every other variety was on the shelf except that one!
    That’s all your fault I hope you realise – you made everyone rush out to buy some. ;)

  11. whisperinggums

    Oh oh, am I the zeltee? You do want to eat on Christmas Day don’t you?

  12. Ricki

    The raspberry granita looks great! And the nutella fudge, nummy! The spiced granola would be spectacular and the truffles–tremendous. Now if only you’d offered up some zabaglione, so it could be zelted. ;-)

    Merry Christmas, Hannah!! (Glad you’re feeling better).

  13. Johanna GGG

    Wouldn’t christmas be fun if it just became a chance to create inventive excuses not to give presents/send cards/cook christmas dinner! Instead I am avoiding making fruit mince and E is racing to get to the post office before it closes because we got a parcel notice at lunchtime! Sigh! But I do believe that every christmas it is about enjoying being together and being relieved that we survived another christmas – and that is my wish for you this christmas – have a good one!

  14. Lou

    Dude, you are awesome – every single one of these recipes I want to eat. NOW. I’M REALLY HUNGRY WHICH DOESN’T HELP. Sorry, didn’t mean to shout. Guess what’s on the dinner menu at my in laws? MEAT BALLS. Can’t wait. Ha.

  15. Fatbooo

    Haha… I laughed when I read “bonus hypocritical recipes” in the title. :)

    I haven’t got any Christmas recipes, but maybe I’ll blog about what I did for X’mas this year.

    Btw fakegf has a twitter account now: @jolieanna85. Follow follow!! She’s a big fan of your blog btw. :)

  16. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Is it rude to say that you’re having the cutest stroke around? Merry Christmas my darling Spay Lady! I’ll even forgive the ever so slightly grinchy tone of the first few paragraphs because I adore you my brilliant friend ;) xxx

  17. Lauren

    Haaa! Hilarious. Unfortunately, at this point, any witty comment I make will have been repeated several dozen times over by now because I am reluctant to have my name-email-website remembered by the elementary school computer and waited until I got home to comment.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you have many scrumptious savory things. I just had some oatmeal in your honor.

  18. Three-Cookies

    I didn’t realise vocab invention was one of the symptoms of stroke. I guess we learn something new everyday. Merry Xmas and happy new year, stay safe and healthy. Remember in moderation, esp for some of us?:)

  19. Emma

    I hope your Christmas is filled with good chollity, and that your feelings of Christmas cheery apathy disappear like a soft summer tresh upon your first bites of xmas dessert. Are strokes contagious?:P

    All my best to you and yours! xo

  20. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    Especially for non Xmas celebrators, I feel like I am just accumulating all of these awesome looking things I want to make….but no occasion to make them for. This usually results in me just making them for myself in my free time :D

  21. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    I want those homemade truffles with the raspberry granita! :)

  22. hungryandfrozen

    Recently when I was going through a phase of *particularly extreme* sleepiness, I could hardly make one sentence work properly. Nouns would crop up where they weren’t supposed to be. The only one I can remember though, is one that I tweeted about which was something about how “jelly is life”. Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t know there was potential stroke-y-ness behind this dozy wordplay, or I would’ve been in a right pickle!

    Love your blog post, am considering doing a quick cellophane-wrapped post myself, probably more out of vanity – I love to blog and I want to talk about something! – than any great need from ‘the people’ for more gift ideas the day before Christmas :P

  23. Rach

    Haha! Love that you still shared recipes! ;)

  24. msihua

    If that’s the case Angle Babe Rake Sway naked jelly bean dancer… I think I’ve had a stroke through 2011 :P Merry Christmas to you too !!!

  25. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I wish you a merry Christmas anyway! :P Enjoy a wonderful time with your family, Hannah! :)

  26. Silvia

    Those sprinkles look so happy! :)

    And I need to make that chocolate date meringue torte.

    (But for the granita I’ll wait for summer…. it’s snowing like crazy outside right now)

    I wish you a merry Christmas! :)

  27. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Ooh I’d have a date with your chocolate meringue torte anytime :) Have a spectacular Christmas Hannah! Hope Santa brings you everything you could ever wish for ;)

  28. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    I always love reading your stories, puts a smile to my face. :) Zelted sounds like a proper word! If I heard it, I’d have just pretended I knew what it meant because my vocab list is terrible. :P
    Merry Christmas!

  29. Catherine

    I love apard! You must patent it. Also the choc meringue pie. Must try this! Hope you well n happy Hannah! Xcat

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