Festive Celery and Chestnut Soup

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Celery and Chestnut Soup

There is nothing more comforting during the over-indulgent festive season than a mug of steaming, hot soup. Having had my work Christmas party last week and over doing it on several team lunches (Hawksmoor and The Green Room to name but a few), I was craving some simplicity in the form of a comforting mug of soup. Continue reading

Red Pepper Pesto and Gruyere Swirls

With the party season in full swing, it’s essential to have some quick and easy canapés up your sleeve for those unexpected visitors (or even just for nibbling on while watching Elf!). With that in mind, this is one of the simplest and tastiest recipes for quick party food. Enjoy and happy Christmas!

Red Pepper Pesto & Gruyere Swirls
Red Pepper Pesto & Gruyere Swirls

 

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Christmas Spiced Bourbon

Spiced Bourbon

Nothing says Christmas like cinnamon and clementines…oh and booze! Lately, I have taken to drinking an Old-Fashioned cocktail or two and I decided to combine Christmas spices with Bourbon for an extra special festive drink. This one needs a week or two to infuse the spices into the alcohol so get it going now and it will be ready for a Christmas Day tipple!

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Mini Christmas Stollen

Mini Stollen
Mini Stollen

Stollen is a traditional fruit cake/bread from Dresden in Germany which usually contains spices, dried fruit, nuts and marzipan and it is generally eaten during the Christmas season. It is much lighter in texture than the traditional fruit cake eaten in Ireland and the U.K. and, frankly, I much prefer it. I made these Mini Christmas Stollen as an alternative to traditional mince pies and the open structure of the Stollen is quite like that of Swedish Cinnamon Buns. Continue reading