December is here and it is about to get very busy in the kitchen. The Christmas cakes are saturated with brandy, marzipanned and iced, the mincemeat and Christmas puddings are made and it is time to start the hampers.
(One of this years cakes.)
I shared the story of last years hampers and their contents in the new year but now is the time that they’ll be useful and maybe inspire some home made Christmas gifts…
- Mini Chocolate Christmas Puds
- Individual Christmas Cakes (great gifts for people who suffer with a family who doesn’t like Christmas cake – the horror!)
- Boozy Chocolate Truffles (pick your poison, I’m a brandy girl)
- Peacekeeper Cookies
- Infused Gins (featuring a cardamom & saffron and a rosemary gin which perfect with a slice of cucumber in a G&T)
This years hampers will be revealed over the month but will include home made lip balms and solid perfume too. I am so excited for this years gifting hampers. I hope people like them.
Other home made gift ideas include jars of home made mincemeat, so that people can make delicious mince pies of their own, or Christmas puddings (including gluten free, so gluten sensitive people don’t have to miss out).
As for the big day, Christmas isn’t Christmas without mum’s roast gammon, this honey mustard phenomenon is a recipe you need in your life. Why not pair it with:
- Honey glazed red cabbage / Venetian smothered cabbage
- My favourite brussel sprout recipe (courtesy of Nutrition Stripped), roasted balsamic brussel sprouts with red grapes
And for dessert, if Christmas pud or cake is not your thing:
- Spiced red wine, pear and chocolate tart
- Apple and ginger cake (one of my favourite cake recipes EVER), the ginger gives a great festive feel
- Cinnamon Ice Cream
Don’t forget Christmas day breakfast, this gingerbread granola recipe is just what you need, it’s tasty, will give you energy for the day ahead but isn’t so filling that you won’t be able to eat all your Christmas dinner and chocolate orange.
What are you festive favourite and Christmas day traditions?