This is almost a post script for the edible/quaffable gifts I've been going on about previously in these pages. I would have posted it sooner, as it has a fairly long infusion period but frankly the recipient could not be trusted to avoid reading about it here and I wanted it to be something of … Continue reading The X(mas) Files- A Late Cucumber Gin
Yeah, Christmas is done. The turkey is finished, the two remaining bits of flapjack are going stale and the unlucky among us are back at work for the hellishly slow Christmas-New Year interim period of playing solitaire and tidying the stationery cupboard all day. Time then to reflect, to review and in extreme cases even … Continue reading New Year, New You?
There are many things that mark Christmas, and many points of argument about what is essential and merely nice to have. Turkey, mince pies, even a Christmas pudding can all come under dispute but I'm prepared to bet all the money in my pockets (about 97p FYI) that no one would argue that Christmas just … Continue reading The X(mas) Files- Really Easy Rocky Road
One Christmas, in a period of my life which now seems a millennia ago but is probably more like a decade, I decided to make some biscuits for the coming festivities. I had no sweet cook books, if I had any at all back then, and I didn't really know what to do. I'd always cooked from … Continue reading The X(mas) Files- Cran-Mac Flapjack
Tis the season and all that but all the festive cheer in the world wasn't going to avert this disaster. I'm not even sure I can bring myself to review it properly. The scene was The River Lodge Pub, early on a Wednesday night in December where pre-entertainment sustenance was in order. It's a pub, I wasn't … Continue reading The Perfect Fish Finger Sandwich Hunt- River Lodge Colchester.
Spoiler alert!!!! Friends and family are warned that what you read in this section may well end up under your tree so if you don’t like to know what’s coming, come back here in January. Like so many various sweet shop themed shots, I read about candy cane vodka on the interweb quite a bit … Continue reading The X(mas) Files- Candy Cane Vodka
Is there any question? Apparently so. Not every one goes for the traditional bird at their Christmas table, it has been a hot topic of debate around my yuletide on more than one occasion. I mean, do we have to have turkey? What does it have to do with the birth of Christ or the midwinter … Continue reading The X(mas) Files- Turkey, or not tur-key?