Tag Archives: Christmas

Boxing-day Munchies

26 Dec

Let’s admit it, leftovers always taste 10 times better then the real deal…truth be told, nothing tastes better then this gorgeous turkey club sandwich! Quick simple and after yesterday I’m pretty sure you have all the ingredients from yesterday’s huge feast!

What to do:
1) Spread one side of each piece of bread with thick gravy(bisto will do) Top 2 slices of bread with the turkey slices and cranberry sauce.
2) Put a second slice of bread, gravy-side up, on top, then pile on the stuffing, halved chipolatas and a handful of salad leaves.
3) Put the last slice of bread on top. Push 2 cocktail sticks into each sandwich to hold them together, then cut the sandwich in half and enjoy!

The beauty of this is, all ingredients can be assembled whilst hot or cold so you can enjoy a sandwich or a toasted turkey delight!

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and got everything they deserved šŸ˜‰

Keep it delicious!

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Mince Pies

21 Dec

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4 days to go!! Not only are these the simplest DIY deserts to see you through the winter period, they are the most delicious! Seriously, the mincemeat combined with this sweet shortcrust pastry has turned a few mince pie haters into fiends, so put those hesitations aside and get the rolling pin and flour out!

Ingredients: (makes 24 mini mince pies or 14/16 medium pies)
200g sifted flour
1tbs caster sugar
100g chilled butter
1 medium egg

The sweet shortcrust pastry – What you do:
1) sift the flour into a food processor and add in the sugar
2) cut up the chilled butter into cubes and add to the dry mixture
3) let ingredients pulse
4) once it reaches a crumbly consistency, add in the beaten egg
5) let the crumbs come together, knead together and wrap the dough up in cling film. Leave in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes!

Now it’s time to roll:
1) pre-heat the oven 200ā€¢c
2) melt a knob of butter and use a basting brush to coat the 12 hole shallow pie tray.
3) roll out the sweet short crust till it is about 3/4mm thick and cut out round circles using a scalloped edge cutter. The size of the cutter is dependent on the size of the holes in the shallow pie tray.
4) place the sweet shortcrust pastry circles into each hole, carefully pinching at the inner sides to create a bowl like space.
5) grab the mincemeat you made early and place a teaspoon of the mixture into each pie.
6) for the tops you can get creative, I love stars on them so I cut stars and closed the pies with them, others prefer them the traditional way and fully cover them, so this step is entirely your choice!

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7) baste the tops with beaten egg to get a lovely golden colour.
8 ) pop into the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes…
9) Enjoy with fresh cream or vanilla pod custard!

There you have it simply sublime mince pies. Make them your family favourite this Christmas…

Keep it delicious!

Wrap it up!

19 Dec

6 days away from the big celebrations and its time to wrap the gifts and get them under the tree! Here are a few gift wrapping techniques!

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1) Rustic wrap! – I love this look,Ā understated but extremely beautiful, with hints of green and red it gives off that traditionally festive feel and is extremely easy to do!

What you need:

Postal sting

Red, gold and green ribbon

Baking paper

Red tags

Sprigs of holly and furĀ 

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2) The Japanese newspaper wrap – Extremely eco-friendly and perfect for secret santa gifts!

What you need:

Old news paper

Gift wrapping paper for the hints of colour

Thin straw ribbon

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3) Woven ribbon wrap – My favourite look! If you have theĀ patience this wrappingĀ techniqueĀ looks gorgeous, plus you can colour co-ordinate it with your Christmas treeĀ decorationsĀ to make anĀ extravagantĀ statement look.

What you need:

Plainly coloured gift wrapping paper

Different tonal, textured and sized ribbons

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Well however you wrap it upĀ rememberĀ it isn’t just about the gift wrapping it is also about the gift! šŸ˜‰ Send us any other ideas you have and photos of all your beautiful wrapping!

Happy wrapping!

Keep it delicious! Ā 

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Clause is nearly in town!

14 Nov

With 6 weeks till Christmas, it only means one thingā€¦2 weeks till we can excitedly open our advent calendars!! People assume these lovely daily treats are only for childrenā€¦but I beg to differ, with these splendid inventions coming in all shapes, sizes and tastes thereā€™s always one out there especially for you!

Here are a few of my favourites:

A lovely re-usable, elegant, cream fabric advent calendar, perfect for those who want a different treat everyday! For a delicious daily treat for this calendar, try our new Spoony Bites, juicy bite size portions of cake, coated in a shell of chocolate, at Ā£1 each Iā€™d probably have 5 a day!

How about something a little more traditional? We cannot forget what Christmas is about and this would be the perfect advent calendar to teach the kids, remind ourselves of the story of Christmas, or as a great talking piece for any Christmassy household!

Looking for something a little cheap and cheerful this Christmas? How about a Thorntonā€™s Advent calendar? Lovely chunks of melt in your mouth milk chocolate perfect for kids and adults, not only that, they can be personalised for free!

Personally I have and obsession with anything Hotel Chocolat related, their chocolates are immaculately sculpted, tasty and extremely original, they are worth every penny!! This luxury advent calendar is perfect for two, so an ideal gift for your partner, house-mate or sibling, but to be honest Iā€™d probably eat both truffles myself!

Which ones are your favourites?

Keep it delicious!