TIPPLES AND NIBBLES!
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas. There’s the giving and receiving of gifts; catching up with family and friends; time off work and school to relax (and read lots of books!). Then there’s the food and drink. Whether you favour savoury or sweet, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks Christmas has plenty of delicious treats to offer everyone. Today I am going to go through some of the absolutely essential food and drink, which, without it wouldn’t seem quite like Christmas.
Let’s start with the most important item on my Christmas shopping list…
Whether it’s breakfast, dinner or tea, chocolate goes with any meal. This year I splashed out and I have got a Hotel Chocolat box. I am supposed to share it with my family on the day, but I am not sure that it will be making it that far.
But, as much as I am looking forward to my posh box of chocs, I can’t defy tradition and not get my self a Lindt chocolate reindeer – then buy another one (okay two) in the sales after Christmas. Look at the little guy! How am I supposed to resist?
Another thing I love about Christmas is the baking. I love baking and at Christmas I get to let loose. I try and test something new each year, however, there are some recipes I do every year and can vouch for how delicious they are.
Firstly, there’s gingerbread. Not only is it delicious, baking gingerbread leaves your house smelling beautiful and, for me, it never fails to evoke some festive spirit. I’ve tried quite a few recipes, but my favourite is from Nigella Lawson’s Christmas Cookbook (which I also recommend) but I have also found the recipe HERE if you want to give it a try.
Another recipe from the Nigella Christmas book which I love is the ginger ham. It’s such a nice simple recipe but it is so tasty. Boxing Day wouldn’t be the same with out the ginger ham and the cold cuts of leftover turkey coming out!
Another recipe which I have been doing for a few years is apple pie crumble. I love apple pie, I love apple crumble and I found a fantastic recipe that mixed my two loves together. I found it on Sally’s Baking Addiction which contains many tasty recipes, but the apple pie crumble is the one I highly recommend.
After all this food, we could so with something to drink though and in this cold weather it’s nice to have something warm to hold on to. Mulled cider is a favourite of mine, much like gingerbread the smell of it just brings memories and feeling of Christmas to mind. I found this recipe and I am going to give it a go this year.
As I have a sweet tooth though…hot chocolate is also a winner! Especially if you add some whipped cream and marshmallows. This is where Sally’s Baking Addiction once again comes to the rescue with her Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate.
Now we have some dessert and drinks sorted, it’s time to talk about…
The Christmas Dinner. For my family this is a turkey dinner which includes this lively cast of characters:
King of the Trimmings…Pigs in Blankets
The Veg we all Love to Hate…Brussel Sprouts
Big Bird…The Turkey
Getting Stuffed with…Chestnut Stuffing
Who We’ve all been Rooting for…Honey Parsnips
Christmas is so close now, I can practically smell the turkey roasting and see the massive mound of vegetables that I need to help dice, chop and peel. But, what are your Christmas foodie traditions? Do you have any recipes that you would recommend I give a try this Christmas?
What will you be cooking up this Christmas?
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