I’ve trawled the archives to bring you 5 Fireside Snacks – perfect for relaxing with on the sofa after you’ve just spent an hour untangling Christmas cables and lights. Painful. But totally worth it for the food.
The Crimbo Limbo, Twixtmas… whatever you call it, the gap between Christmas and New Year’s a bit of a weird one, isn’t it? It’s the one time of year where adulting officially goes out the window and – even better – nobody’s going to think any less of you for it or worry that you’ve gone a bit mad. Brilliant! I was tempted to just whack my coat on over my Christmas PJs to take Bungle for his walk this morning, but changed my mind at the last minute. You’ve got to draw the line somewhere, I guess, and for me that line falls somewhere between the neighbours seeing me in my jammies and scoffing cake for breakfast. Specifically, this Almond and Raspberry Cake…
I can count plenty of Christmases where I’ve either skipped breakfast or made do with the satsuma rolling around at the bottom of my stocking… or indulged in one of Terry’s variety in front of a film (oops!). It’s so unlike me, because I love breakfast! It’s favourite meal of the day, and – of all the days in the year – Christmas is big one to skip, especially if you’re hosting; you need the fuel! Recipes that can be prepared ahead of time with minimal fuss and then popped in the fridge or covered with cling film are a winner (and pretty useful to have tucked up your sleeve for whenever the occasion calls for a short cut). Minimal effort, maximum impact. 😉
It took us a good couple of hours to get the decorations up on Saturday (which was two hours too long, in my opinion) – but on Sunday, I spent at least double that time happily baking away in the kitchen and whipping up these Saffron and Cinnamon Knots. They’re kind of a mix between traditional Swedish Kanelbullar and the St Lucia Saffron Buns that are traditionally eaten on the 13th of December (this Friday!). An enriched, sweet dough in a lovely shade of gold, with a sweet cinnamon filling twisted through the middle. So delicious, so moreish and perfect for scoffing in front of the tree.
Bye bye November! Hello December – which means Christmas isn’t just around the corner anymore; it’s literally on the block. Maybe you’re ready for it, or maybe you’d prefer to just shut the curtains and pretend you’re not at home. I might not be anywhere near ready (I say I’m going to be more organised […]