As the 2020 Yuletide approaches a lot of us are planning a seriously skimmed Christmas day and it isn’t the cheeriest of prospects in some households. Like, households that love people who live in other households….So, much like the rest of 2020 it’s beginning to look a lot like a Zoom meeting. This doesn’t have […]Read More The X(mas) Files: Zoom Party Food
As per previous rants, I’m not a fan of Christmas cake and also doing my best these days to have a low/no dairy diet where possible. This recipe has come about from a potentially unholy union of ways I’ve tried to make a decent, grown up cake without butter alongside the apparent trend of levelling […]Read More The X(mas) Files- Spiced Clementine Cake
Happy Twixmas all, I hope it’s been a good one for you and if it hasn’t I wish you a peaceful end to the year now. I’ve had a lovely festive break both hosting at home and guesting with the parentals and am now settling in to a few solid days of leftovers and […]Read More Fight The Festive Waste!!!!
If there is one thing you need at your Christmas cheeseboard, my cucumber pickle is it, and there is still time to get a batch ready for the big day as although it constantly improves in the jar, it only really needs a week to mature. And once life goes on after the festive period, […]Read More Boomboom’s World Famous Cucumber Pickle.
Swears warning. I sit here, exactly nineteen hours and seven minutes into December, and I’ve seen at least fifteen fully decorated trees just walking from my house to the corporate evil supermarket for a Saturday night stir in sauce. It’s everywhere. In the shops. On the telly. On the radio. And in my fragile, fragile […]Read More The C Word
I assure you that I am not your irritating facebook friend constantly posting about how many weeks/Saturdays/nanoseconds are left to pass until we can crack open our advent calendars. However, there are certain activities of yuletide prep which really need to begin in this the final quarter of the year and if you’ve got a […]Read More The X(mas) Files: Grow Your Own Christmas Spirit!
Last night, for reasons un-discussable, my Step Father sent me a video of three lovely middle aged, tinsel adorned ladies singing a comically sweary festive ditty urging one not to be unpleasant over the Christmas Period. It’s never a bed of roses for any one over the age of 12, is it? I think I’ve […]Read More The X-mas Files: Why I Hate Christmas Food
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 […]Read More The X(mas) Files- A Late Cucumber Gin
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 […]Read More 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 […]Read More The X(mas) Files- Cran-Mac Flapjack