Christmas gift guide 2014

Christmas is almost upon us! I’ve pulled together some of my favourite gifts for your inspiration this year… I’ve broken it down into stocking fillers, presents for pals, and pricier presents – plus of course some homemade pressie suggestions! If you have any other ideas for gifts, let me know in the comments :) and have a very merry Christmas! Stocking fillers (less than £10) … Continue reading Christmas gift guide 2014

Last minute Christmas gift guide

If you’ve left this Christmas to the last minute, FEAR NOT! Here is my last minute Christmas gift guide – featuring 10 brilliant gifts to suit all budgets, and best of all you can buy or order them TODAY and they will still arrive in time for Christmas. Cutlery Clock, £12.99 (on sale last time I checked for £8.99!)  I absolutely love this clock – it’s … Continue reading Last minute Christmas gift guide

Gingerbread men

I used this recipe to make gingerbread houses with Amy last week and I was really impressed with how it out. I’ve since tweaked the recipe a fair bit and have come up with my own version, which creates beautifully gingery cookies. You can either cook them for a shorter time and get soft chewy gingerbread, or cook them for longer to get a darker, crunchier … Continue reading Gingerbread men

Cranberry, orange and ginger compote

If you only make one thing this Christmas… …make this delicious cranberry, orange and ginger compote. It’s so easy, and just perfect with hot and cold turkey/ham/gammon and all your seasonal leftovers. Make it for yourself, make it for a friend, make it just because it will leave your house smelling of Christmas. Serves 8 150g dried cranberries (no sugar added are best) grated rind … Continue reading Cranberry, orange and ginger compote

Cookie Dough Truffles

Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. This is not only the easiest recipe ever but they taste amazing, and they look like the work of a pro. Fact. Here’s how you do it. Ingredients: 50g Icing sugar 75g Unsalted butter (If using hard butter soften in the microwave on low for 2 minutes) 175g Plain flour 1 tsp Vanilla essence 5 little dollops … Continue reading Cookie Dough Truffles

Mmmmm. Christmassy.

Mulled Cider

It’s cold outside, it’s wet outside, it’s windy outside. Thankfully though, you’re not outside, you’re inside, ideally wearing a deliciously unfashionable Christmas sweater, stomach pre-rumbling with all the festive delights you’re going to indulge in. What could be better to keep the chills at bay than a big glass of hot, spicy mulled cider? Nothing, that’s what. Ingredients: Good quality dry cider — 2 litres … Continue reading Mulled Cider

Review: Genius (gluten-free) mince pies

What: Genius gluten-free mince pies Where: most larger supermarkets How much: £2.25 for four 4 stars  Hurrah! A gluten-free mince pie that doesn’t taste like cardboard! Yes, those nice people at Genius have done it again and created a miraculously decent gluten-free version of a favourite Christmas treat. I tried their mince pies back in November and was really impressed – the pastry is sort … Continue reading Review: Genius (gluten-free) mince pies

Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Onion Pie

You just can’t beat a pie on cold winter’s evening.  This one is particularly seasonal, with chestnuts and mushrooms making up the filling.  It’s also quite hearty and I guarantee it will appeal to veggies and carnivores alike (the Committed Carnivore said he’d like to eat it every day!). I recommend using ready-made puff pastry – apparently even chefs don’t bother making their own at … Continue reading Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Onion Pie

Poor Man’s Florentines

These little morsels of biscuit-y, chewy yumminess are embarrassingly easy to make but people are always impressed with them. They take less than 10 minutes to assemble, then they’re whacked into the oven for about 20 minutes et voilà!  Not one to tell your dentist about, but they’re only small…. Ingredients for the base: 275g digestive biscuits 175g butter 40g brown sugar Ingredients for the … Continue reading Poor Man’s Florentines

Christmas Foodie Gift Guide 2011

Ah Christmas has snuck up on us again! To make the big shop a little bit easier, we’ve compiled some of the best foodie gifts to suit all budgets. Whether you’re looking for the big gesture (hello, Kenwood kMix!) or a few stocking fillers (mmm honey mustard), we’ve got the perfect present for your beloved fellow foodies! Kenwood KMix Standmixer (in Firecracker), £399 First up … Continue reading Christmas Foodie Gift Guide 2011