been very busy the last few months starting a new job and working on an update
of my website, but with Christmas approaching it’s time to slow down and
appreciate the really important things in life, like food, and how best to
stock my kitchen for that perilous one day of the year when (nearly) all shops
are shut and everybody panic buys nine loaves of bread in case there’s a
shortage come the 26th of December.
of my new busy routine is that I am hardly ever the one pushing the trolley for
our weekly food shop these days, and as such my favourite treats might not
always make it through the checkout, so here’s a little reminder for anyone who
wants to keep me happy over the festive period.
not Christmas without cheese. As a child it was standard to get a jar of Stilton in my stocking, the idea being that we had one each and we could tuck
into our individual jars with a spoon, much like Americans eat giant tubs of
ice cream alone in all those paltry rom coms that Channel 5 will undoubtedly
wheel out over Christmas.
|Definition of a balanced diet|
Christmas pudding that is on fire
has to be on fire. I nearly set the kitchen (and my hand) alight last year
attempting this when friends visited but it was worth the warm tickle of blue
flames up my fingers to eat the tasty, boozy scented, flame grilled pudding.
Finger burning good.
3. Mince pies
don’t really trust anyone who doesn’t like mince pies, despite the fact logic
tells me they are precisely the type of food that I can understand people not
liking. I didn’t discover the joy of warm mince pies with melted brandy butter
until my early twenties and now it’s a winter favourite. Yeah that’s right, a
winter favourite, I eat them until the Easter eggs come out.
|'Deep filled', words to warm my heart|
Chocolate yule log encrusted in buttercream
may be seeing a theme here, food that would make a dentist or cardiologist wince,
but tough – it’s Christmas! I love these and demand one every year. Despite the
fact they are nearly always completely dry and inedible, and I might as well
eat a roll of sugar paste given the overpowering sweetness but hey, who cares,
nobody wears those paper cracker hats because they love disposable fashion,
they wear them because it’s Christmas and that’s what you do.
Selection box of chocolates
call me a heathen if you must but I’m not a fan of those giant tins of Quality
Street/Heroes/Roses/AllTheOthers. I prefer a nice selection box of truffles or
pralines to sit and ruminate over while gradually shoving the whole box in my
mouth until I can’t sleep due to cocoa poisoning.
|Always a welcome gift|
there you have it, my top five foods for Christmas, which I now realise means
my top five foods for January will probably all be vegetables and pulses as I’ll
be sick of stodge and sugar by then. On the plus side, if you’re invited to my
house over the festive period, you now know to wear elasticated trousers.
Christmas and a full-belly new year!
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