The small municipality of Vagna, in the D’Ossola valley in Piedmont region, celebrates Christmas on the second Sunday of July.
This odd decision was taken in the XVII century to allow families to celebrate Christmas all together. The fathers and the oldest children, then shepherds and...
250gms milk arrowroot biscuits (or suitable substitution)
2 cups desiccated coconut
1/4 cup good quality cocoa
1 can (395gm) sweetened condensed milk
75gms dried unsweetened cranberries
Rum to taste (1-3 tbsp)
Crush the biscuits and place in a bowl. Add one cup of the...
Do you have a cooking related Christmas present wish list? For some reason I can't think of anything I really want that isn't stupidly expensive. Family are asking but I'm drawing a blank - it would be interesting to know what other cooks here would like to receive.
I have made 5 Xmas pudding today and they are on the hob steaming. The recipe suggests steaming for 3.5 hours then a further 3.5 on Xmas day. The problem is, I forgot to cover the pans for the first 1.5 hours of steaming. Should I increase the steam time by an hour or more or don’t worry...
It's an Italian tradition but probably not all over Italy. Dad discovered this tradition in the 1980s sometime and although we are not Italian (and neither Dad nor I were actually Christian at this point) it sounded like a wonderful food idea to carry on. Dad actually did carry it on for close...
Just a thread in which to post your Christmas 2019 potpourri of thoughts and items. I'll start:
I'm simmering water, apple cider, cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary, making the house smell like Christmas!
For a couple of years we hung chocolates on our Christmas tree because my very young nephew came here on Christmas day and it seemed like the right thing to do. He hasn't been here for a couple of years so we no longer bother.
Does anyone on here hang chocolates on their tree?
Is it a tradition in your house to have a bowl of Christmas nuts in shells? As a kid, I remember there being a bowl of nuts every Christmas with the nutcrackers poked into the bowl. We had brazils, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts. We used to eat them on Christmas Day afternoon or on Boxing Day. I...
Apologies for not contributing much of late - I've been away for most of the last three weeks. I've had Chris Rea's "Driving home for Christmas" as an ear worm for the past week, and finally it's come true! I'm home, and looking forward to getting stuck into cooking for Christmas.
Are there drinks that you tend to only have at Christmas? Eggnog perhaps or Baileys - maybe a special malt whisky?
There is one thing I used to always buy at Christmas but never had at any other time - Advocaat. I think for some reason it may have been the one alcoholic drink my parents had at...
Do you make traditional Christmas pudding? Are you faithful to Stir Up Sunday or does anything go?
What do you serve with it and which recipe do you use?
I always make pudding (and for family members) every year, and am normally a slave to stir up Sunday but missed it this year due to illness...
I noticed today that a new channel - Christmas Food - has appeared on Freeview TV. There went another afternoon. Rick Stein, Two Fat Ladies and Nigella (altogether too many stiff peaks) classics in abundance.