Our Christmas is as good as over. That’s me at 8pm at night, with the kids being up just after 6am and the giving of the presents starting at 7am. It was a nice and relaxed day. The children loved their presents, and as we had no guests we just went through the day as it happened, without pressure to perform. Our Christmas lunch cooked all by itself in the oven, apart from a few side dishes, some of which could be prepared in advance. That’s the way I love it, and that’s how Christmas should be.
Because we live in a Muslim country, it is pure luck that Christmas Day is falling on a weekend and we can be at home together. Tomorrow life goes on as usual and back at work, as weekends in the Middle East are Friday/Saturdays.
Ground walnuts to coat (optional)
In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Pulse until mixture is well combined. Form cherry-sized balls out of the mixture. If it seems too dry to form, add a little water (no more than a teaspoon at a time) and pulse again in the food processor. Roll balls in cocoa powder or ground walnuts. Place in mini muffin liners. Keep in airtight container in the fridge. Leave at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.