Ten at Ten (79): Festive Food


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It seems that festive preparations are well under way in the UK food blogging community, with many Christmas cakes and puddings already made and delicious foodie gifts planned. If you are looking for some festive inspiration then this is the round up for you…

Cranberries are the fruit of the moment and either dried or fresh, they are perfect at this time of year. How about this beautiful Spiced Cran-Apple Bundt Cake from Dolly Bakes or these white chocolate and cranberry cookies from A Mummy Too? I think I’ll be making both!

If you’re looking to impress the guests or perhaps do a little Christmas baking with the children, then you need to take a look at these little Christmas teddy bear cupcakes from Iced Jems. The step by step tutorial is easy to follow and the end result is so cute!

I love to make foodie gifts for friends and family and jams and chutneys are usually top of the list. This spiced cranberry and plum chutney from Ren Behan will be a welcome addition to my hampers this year. I’ll make sure I keep a jar for myself too!

I’m sure many of you have your Christmas cake made already but if you haven’t, you’ve still got time. Check out this Christmas cake recipe from A Trifle Rushed and get that oven on!

Will you be having turkey this year? If you fancy a different way of cooking it then why not try the slow cooker? Cooking in Mammy’s Kitchen had a go and was impressed with the results. And if turkey’s not your thing then Reluctant Housedad recommends you try a chicken – the photos in this post made my mouth water.

This is the season of pastry, mincemeat, cake and puddings, but there are plenty of tasty and healthy seasonal ingredients to play with too. I love the look of this Chicory, Walnut and Pomegranate Salad with Walnut and Clementine Dressing from All That I’m Eating. A perfect party salad.

I’m a planner… I plan the Christmas food, I plan the table decorations, I plan when I’ll make the gifts. I just love lists! If you’re a planner then Jam and Clotted Cream has a whole host of Christmas menu planning ideas on her blog. So many great ideas to try!

And if all that Christmas talk has left your head spinning, then you’ll need to sit down with a glass of mulled wine. Daisies and Pie has just the recipe you’ll need.

Have you started blogging your Christmas foodie ideas yet? Leave us a link in the comments so we can all have a peek!

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

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