The Feast Approaches


Christmas doesn't really get under way in our house until school finishes -school in this case referring to work, college, uni as well as actual school. This will be Friday when we will bring our tree into the house and decorate it. We will put fairy lights around the room, light candles and open the bottle of Baileys. I've talked about my approach to the winter feast here so I won't repeat myself now except to say that for our family Christmas means a holiday from work and studies, a holiday made extra good by twinkly lights, delicious things to eat and copious amounts of booze.

On the food and drink front here are some of things I plan to make during the holiday
mince pies
florentines
sausage rolls
roast beef and yorkshire puds for Boxing Day (Christmas lunch at my mum's this year)
banoffee pie
ginger ice cream
dark and stormies
peppermint bark  *Katie wants to make this for presents and I am hoping there will be some leftover
malteser slice

*See also Julie's method here.

I would like to say that I promise to photograph all of the above and bring you an 'In My Kitchen at Christmas' post but I've been such a lax blogger lately I'd better not make any promises. We'll see how it goes.






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  1. That is exactly when we start Christmas too... Now off to investigate dark and stormies.
    Ax

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  2. Malteser slice is a new one on me. A must. I used to love Maltesers. Also thank you for the reminder about peppermint bark. Our tree comes in on Thursday when son is finally back from uni and a spring themed photo shoot is over in our house!

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  3. Peppermint bark is one of those things that is greater than the sum of its parts. It's really more-ish. The key is to use v good chocolate. I will never put up my tree early again. It's sooo dry despite copious water and a cool room.

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  4. Thanks for the post. I do look forward to reading your blog and often read previous posts. I do hope you find your blogging mojo.

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  5. My son came home from university with a new-found appreciation of Dark and Stormies. Must try one. I make that peppermint bark for presents too, as it looks so festive. I don't eat it myself, though, as I despise white chocolate. We put up our tree last night. It was the first time my husband and son put on the lights, instead of being mostly me. Had a great time listening to my husband swearing at them.

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    1. When I was reading the recipe for peppermint bark I thought to myself, well, Kari won't like that!

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  6. I always get the impression you do Christmas very well Sue. I shall definitely try the florentines, I'm going to write the recipe down in my notebook right now. I hope you and yours have the very best of times. CJ xx

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  7. Malteaser slice sounds perfect! Happy Christmas from a fellow blogger in Worcester! Jx

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  8. Christmas round at yours , then ...

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  9. That conundrum of Christmas providing so much material to blog about, but no time to actually post anything....I can really identify with that one! Have a great Christmas! X

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  10. I make lots of peppermint bark every year for gifts. People are impressed and I can't believe how easy it is. Also do molded chocolate and chocolate covered pretzels. Got some lovely molds at Lakeland when I was over in November!

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  11. The colours in this post are just so perfectly Christmassy. You've given me the push I needed to get on and get our decorations up. Just as soon as I've finished writing cards and wrapping presents tomorrow.

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  12. I like the idea of peppermint bark. And copious amounts of booze.
    Sarah.

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  13. Always make your Florentines. . .do hope there's a Quince Christmas Kitchen post.

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  14. CArds go up as they arrive, the tree and any other decs (fewer each year, I have to say) go up maybe the day before Christmas Eve. I don't enjoy booze much these days but it is freely available as is loads of food especially 'special' stuff we don't usually get to eat. The best Christmas's are those where children of any age are involved, we really miss having young 'uns about.

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  15. In my kitchen this Christmas ... so far, one Albanian builder and lots of mess and dust. No oven or hob and the old fridge is currently defrosting over the sitting room carpet. Next year I will give Christmas presents to myself after Christmas!

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  16. Your Christmas plan sounds great Sue. I like your idea of a Maltesers cake.... It looks yum on the recipe (thanks for the link). By the way, how do you make the mint bark? You have inspired me to take some to a friend's party on Saturday.... I read a recipe on Pinterest and she included:White and milk chocolate, mint essence and candy canes to decorate the top. Is it that simple? She also suggested mixing the white chocolate with a bit of coconut oil to prevent it from solidifying quickly. Have you tried that? I hope you have a festive and cosy Christmas!! Pati x

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    1. Yes, I think it is that simple Pati, the method is explained in the link. I haven't made it before so we'll see how it goes.

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  17. I make tons of mint chocolate every year. It is two ingredients...white chocolate melting pieces from the craft or kitchen store and crushed candy canes (peppermint candy canes and a hammer...)
    Melt the pieces, stir in the candy canes, spread on waxed paper on a baking tray and put in the fridge til hard. Break into pieces and package....

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  18. Your ice blues and reds are beautiful. Our Christmas takes off on Friday too, once I have got through the mountain of work to which I have foolishly over-commited myself. She reaches in desperation to her right for a homemade florentine, finds none.

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  19. Oh glory....trip to World Market for Maltesers looms.......and the dark and stormiest should quite palatable too.....! Thanks, Sue, Happy Christmas!

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  20. Lovely list! I will have to check some of the ideas mentioned. Merry Christmas!!!

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  21. Please can you share how you do your sausage rolls - method, size etc. I like the idea but worry about the meat and pastry cooking at different times. Thank you.

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    1. They cook together Nicky and I use Delia's method here.

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  22. We're getting roast beef on Boxing Day too. I'd love to see how you make all these delicious sounding food treats.

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  23. Jolly Holidays to you Sue
    x

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