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12 Days of Christmas: Tipples and Nibbles!

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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erinf1

Ooh… I eat a years worth of chocolate around Christmas ? thanks for sharing!!

Sophia Rose

We usually have ham, potatoes, green salad, pasta salad, and pies. But, some years it’s spaghetti, garlic bread, and antipasta. 😉

Kathy Valentine

First let me start by saying how yummie those chocolate’s in the box look!! And I agree love the chocolate reindeer’s too! I love to bake at Christmas too,I bake pb cookies,chocolate chip,oatmeal raisin, and. Cut out sugar cookies for my brothers and sister and their families!! Its my way of saying I love you!! Shared on all my socials!!

Diane Sadler

The only time I put on weight with all the baking being done.

Aly P

We’re doing cabbage rolls, sweet bread, and some other Romanian recipes(they are SO FRIGGING GOOD!)

Betul E.

I love chocolate!!! I’m making Pecan Pie.

Bube

Pork,chicken meat,of course salat, Christmas Bread, cookies 🙂

Amy R

Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, green beans, green bean casserole, stuffing, rolls, pies, cookies, rice crispy treats, shrimp, crab dip, deviled eggs, Hawaiian bread w/ dill dip.

Trix

I’ve been making a ton of cookies already!

denise

ham and all the trimmings

Mary Preston

Chicken & ham and all good things.

Elizabeth

We have hot roast beef sandwiches, meatballs/ sandwiches, baked ziti, various alcoholic beverages, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, lots of chocolate, and a soft pretzel tray

Timitra

I won’t be cooking, my brother’s cooking I’ll just be eating lol

Kim Perry

I will be baking cookies with my mom!

Mess

All kinds of goodies! thanks!

market

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Elaine G

We’llbe making a turkey, a ham, potatoes,stuffing,gravy,veggies

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

I adore all the treats of the season. I’ve been eating ” extra” since “pumpkin spice season”…..Lord help me !

Anita H.

I’ll be making the turkey, scalloped potatoes and mashed yams for Christmas dinner, yum!

Sue G.

We always have lasagna, salad, and garlic bread on Christmas Eve, then turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and green beans on Christmas.

Milena

I love ham with treamings, my drink of choice is mulled wine.

nancy jones

I will be having ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, rolls, gravy and some kind of dessert.

AmandaS

I’m so looking forward to a big turkey dinner with stuffing!

Trix

I swear, brussels sprouts are fab if you just BARELY poach ’em in boiling water, then toss them with olive oil, lemon juice and parmesan. (Everybody says to roast them. DON’T. Trust me.)

Trix

Well, you do want them tender…when a paring knife goes through easily, they’re done. But no longer, or they’ll taste awful!

Artemis Giote

Turkey with stuffing, sugar cookies, chocolate cookies, a lot of cookies……

Carissa

A European meal

Joanne Pezzuti

I love chocolate will make a chocolate cheesecake

Melissa

It would be awesome to win. Oh yeah!

Janie McGaugh

I’ll be cooking up turkey and all the fixin’s.

Ada

I won’t be doing any of the cooking since I’m horrible at it but I did make some Peanut Butter Chocolate cookies!

Andra

Lasagna, crispy chicken fingers, roasted sweet potatoes, salad, vegetable soup. gingerbread cookies, chocolate truffles, vanilla roll cake.

Dawn Roberto

For Christmas Eve we are doing subway platters for dinner on my side of the family and on Christmas we do Ham and all the fixings for DH’s family.

Aline Azevedo

Lots of drinks and some chicken, chocolate & wine cake, some roasted potatoes and some brazilian food!

Lea

Thanks for the chance!

H Dee Swan

We are doing a shrimp fest!! Thanks!

Lea

I don’t know yet. Will probably decide tomorrow.

Stacy West

We do finger foods for Christmas Eve and ham with all the sides for Christmas!??? Happy Holidays everyone!

Irma

I don’t know yet, we’ll talk about it tomorrow. All I know todays is, that I’ll be baking Carrot cake.

Diane Sadler

The only time I put on weight with all the baking being done.

Betul E.

I love chocolate!!! I’m making Pecan Pie.

Kim Perry

I will be baking cookies with my mom!

Sophia Rose

We usually have ham, potatoes, green salad, pasta salad, and pies. But, some years it’s spaghetti, garlic bread, and antipasta. 😉

Bube

Pork,chicken meat,of course salat, Christmas Bread, cookies 🙂

Mary Preston

Chicken & ham and all good things.

Aly P

We’re doing cabbage rolls, sweet bread, and some other Romanian recipes(they are SO FRIGGING GOOD!)

Anita H.

I’ll be making the turkey, scalloped potatoes and mashed yams for Christmas dinner, yum!

Trix

I’ve been making a ton of cookies already!

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

I adore all the treats of the season. I’ve been eating ” extra” since “pumpkin spice season”…..Lord help me !

Amy R

Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, green beans, green bean casserole, stuffing, rolls, pies, cookies, rice crispy treats, shrimp, crab dip, deviled eggs, Hawaiian bread w/ dill dip.

Sue G.

We always have lasagna, salad, and garlic bread on Christmas Eve, then turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and green beans on Christmas.