1. Lullabelle

    Who hangs chocolate on their Christmas tree?

    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?
  2. Morning Glory

    Christmas Nuts

    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...
  3. epicuric

    Driving home for Christmas

    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.
  4. LadyBelle

    Mince Pies?

    Mincepies? Yes or no? I’ve just taken my first homemade ones out of the oven, but must admit I’ve worked my way though a box of shop bought ones. Do you like them? Is it a British thing(I think so?)?
  5. Morning Glory

    Christmas Tipples

    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...
  6. LadyBelle

    Christmas Pudding

    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...
  7. epicuric

    Christmas Food on TV

    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.
  8. Morning Glory

    Christmas Decorations - show us yours!

    Please post photos of your own or your neighbourhood's Christmas decorations in this thread!
  9. Lullabelle

    Charging family and friends for Christmas dinner

    I have been reading on the BBC website about people charging family and friends for Christmas dinner. It appears to have sparked quite a debate. Hosting dinner can be very expensive so to a point I appreciate where the idea comes from but charging seems extreme. On December 27th my husband's...
  10. LadyBelle

    Christmas Treats

    Have spent the morning making chocolate orange fudge. Saw the recipe online and thought I would give it a try. It was super easy, slow cooker dumping job and there is lots of it. Am going to take this lot into work and am planning on making some as Christmas presents closer to the time. Am...
  11. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Cooking or food related Christmas presents

    I'm just wondering if anyone else received any presents either directly or indirectly related to the kitchen. For me I had a few items that could qualify, from some new measuring spoons (curiously Australian ones don't have a desertspoon but do have a half tablespoon size), some cookie cutters...
  12. F

    Christmas Day 25th Specialties

    On the 25th, my mom, mom in law and I decided to do a Wellington .. Here is a quick photograph .. All our best wishes for a very lovely holiday from Cadaques, Gerona ..
  13. Elawin

    Gluten-free Christmas ideas

    They may have left it a bit late in the day, but the BBC have just published a collection of gluten-free Christmas recipes, which some of you may find useful. The link is here
  14. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Dairy Free Traditional Eggnog

    I've taken it upon myself, and it's a hard task I can tell you, to try and make some of the eggnog recipes out there dairy free or even vegan and taste test them. This one is just dairy free, not vegan because I have an excess of eggs (yet again) and because my omniblend (similar to a Vitamix...
  15. F

    Christmas Trees & Decorations

    Has everyone begun their Christmas decorating yet ? Here is our Office Tree ..
  16. Dados1950

    Tradition of the Christmas pickle

    Those of you who celebrate Christmas, do you enjoy the tradition of the "Christmas pickle" ? For those who ask "What's that ?" You hide a green pickle ornament on the tree (very popular...can get many places). When kids are done opening gifts, they look for the pickle ornament...first one to...
  17. Morning Glory

    Recipe Christmas Mince Pies (Vegan)

    Mincemeat isn't a 'set' recipe. Its basically dried fruits steeped in alcohol (or fruit juice) with suet and often grated apple added. Its simple enough to make it vegan by using vegetable suet which is easily available in the UK. Indeed most jars of ready-made mincemeat seem to be vegan these...
  18. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Pre Festive Season Hangover Cures Reveals

    So its the run up to the festive season and the usual questions start to be asked... Hangover cures and the usual suspects have their answers, (aka the experts)... The latest in the long line of hangover cures are as follows. the first is hydration and electrolyte balance. drink plenty of...
  19. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Christmas Competition 2017

    I thought I'd run a Christmas Competition this year. There is a prize, suitably Australian themed which I'll deliver to anywhere in the world (well I'll pay for delivery to anywhere in the world... :whistling:) To enter you need to do the following: Predict how many of the 10 eggs she is...
  20. LadyBelle

    Christmas Pudding

    I am a week late for Stir Up Sunday but today I made Christmas Puddings. It got me wondering if anyone else spends hours steaming puddings for the big day? Are you a traditionalist (13 ingredients)? Do you have any rituals? Do you include a coin/charm? Is it a family recipe handed down? I...
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