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
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 […]Read More 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 […]Read More The X(mas) Files- Turkey, or not tur-key?
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. Chocolate and ginger always strikes me as a Christmassy combination, from memory rather than any great tradition I think. My […]Read More The X(mas) Files- Chocolate & Ginger Fudge
This is a teaser of sorts, as I have very little to tell on this particular product other than that I have started it’s preparation. Following on the theme that bought us my own take on Limoncello, as infused for my father each Christmas, we now have an experimental dark liquor brewing on the theme […]Read More Come to The Dark Side, we have cocktails………