There’s no avoiding it, it’s nearly December and Christmas is fast approaching! Food blogs are full of yummy treats, Christmas baking and gift ideas – loads of great inspiration from a hugely talented bunch! Will you be making foodie gifts this year? We often put together hampers of homemade goodies mixed with shop bought treats.
Last Sunday was Stir Up Sunday, the traditional day for making your Christmas pudding. Lots of you tweeted us about your puddings and many of you have been blogging about them too. Penelope from Penelope’s Pantry has been making her pudding using a family recipe and Sue from The Quince Tree has been stirring up trouble.
If Christmas puddings aren’t your thing then maybe you can be tempted by a mince pie? These starry night cranberry mince pies from beesteas look delicious and are bound to be a big hit over the festive period. Or perhaps you might try your hand at making a gingerbread house. There’s certainly plenty of inspiration over on A Trifled Rushed to help you get started.
Another wonderful Christmassy ingredient is clementines. I love the look of these little clementine curd tartlets from Wholesome Ireland. They are a perfect, bright treat to brighten up the dull winter days.
Have you ever made pretzels? I haven’t, but after discovering a recipe over on The Baking Explorer, I’m tempted to give it a go. Just think of the fun you could have trying out all different flavours…
I do love a good steak and I have to admit I was drooling over my keyboard when I found this post about combining 3 ingredients over on Country Wood Smoke. Steak with port, stilton and walnuts sounds like an amazing combination to me.
If I ever find myself in Bristol, I know where I will be heading. Thanks to Bistro Becs, I have discovered The Burger Joint and my mouth is watering just thinking about those burgers. It sounds like there is a great selection of food and reasonable prices too. What’s not to love?
My four year old is increasingly shunning meat and doesn’t seem to be keen on the flavour or the texture, so it can be a bit tricky deciding what to cook that suits us all. One of our favourite family meals is spaghetti bolognese so I was very interested to read about how Dom from Belleau Kitchen starts with a sauce that can then be split to make both a meat and veggie version. I think this would go down very well in our house.
Finally this week, something sweet to finish off with. These Nutella and hazelnut palmiers from Carmela’s Kitchen look simple to make, and I bet they are absolutely delicious. I can see these being a big hit in our house – that’s if I decided to share them!
That’s all for this week. See you again next Wednesday for ten more great blog posts.