Oh, I wish it could be Christmas every day

Everyone catches the Christmas bug when they are a child. I caught it hard. Then I nurtured it, kept it nice and warm and haven’t let go of it since. Oh, I wish it could be Christmas every day. But not Christmas Day every day, because that would be tiring, not to mention the stress!…

Leftover Panettone Pudding

BREAD PUDDING: REMASTERED! This recipe is very similar to a Bread Pudding, but I’ve just turned it up a little because it’s Christmas. I had a load of leftover panettone and decided to use it in place of the bread, and it did a wonderful job of soaking up all those lovely flavours. I also…

Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies

CHRISTMAS IN A COOKIE! Gingerbread cookies are the ultimate Christmas cookie, but I find making the version that involves rolling, stamping and decorating a bit time-consuming. Here is a version that has all the flavours, but less of the faff. These gorgeous cookies have cayenne pepper in them, which adds a fabulous kick and pairs…

Cranberry Sauce

IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS DINNER WITHOUT CRANBERRY SAUCE! This is a really easy recipe that produces a gorgeous, flavoursome sauce worthy of the Big-Day-Dinner-Table. I’ve tried using different spices in the past, but in the end, less is more. Make sure you taste it before you jar it. Some cranberries can be a little on the…

Turkey, Brie & Cranberry Wellington

FAB CHRISTMAS CENTERPIECE FOR 2-4 PEOPLE This a great Christmas centrepiece if you don’t fancy cooking a whole bird and don’t want to deal with all that leftover meat the following day. It looks challenging, but it’s actually fairly straightforward once you get your head around the elements. The great thing about it is you…

Viennese Whirl Mince Pies

A NEW TWIST ON THE MINCE PIE! I found this recipe on Tesco’s website: Tesco Viennese Whirl mince pies, and had to try it out. I don’t know which genius decided to combine mince pies with Viennese whirls, but hats off my friend. They were amazing! Try my¬†Fig, Ginger & Chocolate Mincemeat or Pear, Caramel,…

Pear, Caramel & Rum Mincemeat

GAME-CHANGING MINCEMEAT! I’m not a huge fan of traditional mincemeat, so when it comes to making my own, I tend to stray towards the sweeter side. This one is packed full of pears, Christmas spices and there’s more caramel than you can shake a stick at, so it delivers some serious flavour. If caramel is…

Lemon Amaretti Cookies

THESE ARE LIKE LITTLE CLOUDS OF JOY! These cookies are seriously moreish. The centres are beautifully light and fluffy, and the sugar layer on the outside gives them a sweet crackly shell. I added a few drops of almond essence to the mixture because I wanted the result to be really almond-y, but you can…

Chocolate Espresso Marzipan Spread

CHOCOLATE SPREAD GETS DECADENT! Here’s something a little bit special to spread on your croissants, especially around Christmas when it’s absolutely fine to have chocolate in the morning! If you can, try and use vanilla espresso (I used a Nespresso pod). It’s not essential, and regular espresso will work just as well, but it really…

Mint Chocolate Meringues

A GREAT WAY TO USE UP LEFTOVER EGG WHITES! A lot of pastry is made in my house over Christmas (because of ALL THOSE MINCE PIES), which means I tend to find myself with a lot of leftover egg white. Yes, I could make myself an egg white omelette to balance out all those mince…

Crispy Aromatic Duck

GREAT FOR FAMILY-STYLE ENTERTAINING! Not only does this make a seriously impressive and delicious meal to share with family and friends, but it also comes bearing gifts. After the initial stint in the oven, pour the duck fat into a jug, and when cool, transfer to a jar and keep in the fridge. Come Christmas…