LOOK AT ME!
My name's Pearl;
I'm a dear little girl
And I'm going for a ride!
I'm pretending I'm with Santa Claus
And I'm filled with childish pride.
But the reindeer look like horses!
I'm sure that isn't right.
Horses never pulled Santa's sleigh
Through the sky on Christmas Night!
And that funny raffish fellow
With his red hat all askew,
Certainly isn't like Santa!
Maybe Xmas isn't true!
I've believed and believed and believed in it,
But now I'm in this seat,
I see the scenery isn't real!
It's just a crumpled sheet!
Santa's giving me a funny look!
His eyes have a nasty gleam.
He's not the type to be put in charge
Of a proper reindeer team.
And I'm giving Mummy a look that says
'Come on! Get me out of here!'
I hope I meet the REAL Santa Claus
At Xmas Time next year!
The colours of Christmas are red and green
So these tarts will be sure to enhance the scene.
Not only that but they'll add a bite
To revive your palate on Christmas night.
After all those fruity pies,
A savoury tang will be a surprise.
Tart cases first must be made or bought.
(I'm lazy; I use the commercial sort.)
Chilli jam may prove hard to find,
But Asian shops stock the nicest kind.
Put a dab of jam in each tart-case
Covering almost all the base.
Then take the goats cheese, be generous now,
(It's more tangy than cheese from a cow!)
Slice cherry tomatoes (red to the fore).
Pepper and salt!........ There's a knock at the door!
Be artistic! Add bay-leaf or mint
To add the Christmassy greenery hint.
One important thing to note about these
Is that pastry may soften with added cheese.
So prepare these treats only just before eating
It won't take long; they don't need heating.
Festive! Easy! What could be better
You're bound to receive a Thankyou Letter!
2-3 tbs chilli jam 12 mini tartlet shells 150g soft, herbed goats' cheese
12 cherry tomatoes 12 small basil or mint leaves.