I love Christmas and everything that comes along with the joys of it all. Putting up the tree and all of the decorations up, heading to local Christmas markets, the town lights switch on. Buying gifts and wrapping them, seeing the tree with beautifully wrapped gifts under it. Not forgetting the food. For the last few years I have cooked Christmas dinner at home, with my Dad and sister coming along. This year I will be cooking for 5 adults and 3 children, and I love it.
On Christmas Eve I prep all of the vegetables for the following day, I set the table, place little gifts on everyone’s charger plates. In the evening we will often have a cheese board along with a glass or two of wine. We always make fancy hot chocolates and watch a Christmas film with the children after their bath. I add marshmallows, sprinkles, cream and a candy cane. Once the very excited children have gone to sleep, Santa arrives and we enjoy a bottle of champagne and a nice box of chocolates.
Christmas day in our house is always full of fun and very focused around the food and drink. I put the turkey in about 7, when the children wake up to open their stockings. My Hubby and I start off with bucks fizz at about 9 in the morning and then continue to drink slowly throughout the day. As I prep all of the vegetables on Christmas Eve I then just have to cook it all on the big day. Ready for us to eat once it is all ready. I always aim for 1pm to eat but it’s often nearer 2pm, timings are just not my strong point. We then eat, along with more wine or fizz, before watching the queen’s speech and opening presents.
Christmas food guide
As food and drink plays such large part of Christmas in our house I thought I would share with you some lovely indulgent food and drink item to have over the festive period. Whether you are entertaining friends, looking for a foodie gift or just wanting something for yourself.
I love a hamper at Christmas, this fabulous sweet treat hamper is the perfect little gift for someone for Christmas. Or to buy for yourself to enjoy over the Christmas period. This little hamper bag is from Fine Me A Gift, they have lots of other yummy gifts to choose from.
Christmas biscuits are a must in our house for Christmas Eve, we all sit down with a hot chocolate and a Christmas film and eat a few to many. Plus Father Christmas loves a biscuit and a mince pie. Konditor and Cook have a lovely range of luxury treats that you can enjoy during the Christmas festivities.
At Christmas we always buy in so many items that we just don’t throughout the rest of the year. Pickled Walnuts, Stem ginger and alcohol socked apricots, all yummy and will be make perfect additions to all of the baking and cooking that I do over Christmas. Opies have a whole range of yummy fruit products that are perfect for baking with. I cannot wait to find recipes that I use these items in.
In our house ice-creams and cheesecake are a must have over Christmas, we regularly have people round so these mini cheesecakes from Oppo are perfect to keep in the fridge for when people turn up, plus at only 159 calories its perfect for a treat even after having indulged over Christmas. Oppo’s ice-cream is also low calorie and taste amazing. The chocolate hazelnut one is delicious, I have loved having Oppo ice cream in the freezer to enjoy.
No Christmas is complete without a Christmas cake right? Now I’m not the biggest fan of fruit cakes, although my Hubby loves them. So this cute little post box cake from bakerdays, it tastes yummy and they have a large selection of different filling and also styles you can choose from. Baker Days also offer personalised cakes and not just for Christmas.
Christmas Drink Guide
The Crane Twins are currently rocking the world with their amazing cranberry delights, this Cranberry and Blood Orange liqueur is the perfect addition to the Christmas drink collection. It has the taste of Christmas and added to prosecco it is a my new must have Christmas drink. If you pop over to their wed site they have a collection of cocktail recipes you can use, why not host a Christmas drinks party, or save it all for you.
Celia is an organic Czech larger, it’s also gluten free and vegan friendly, which makes it perfect for our house when then our vegan friends come round. It also tastes amazing and it’s lovely to have in the fridge not just for Christmas but all year round.
I love prosecco, it’s a staple part of my weekly food shop. I don’t often open a bottle just for me, but I enjoy a couple of glasses with friends on a weekend. This Sensi Vini Prosecco is going to be of the table on Christmas day, the gold bottle is a show stopper. I shall be enjoying with our Christmas dinner and then during the Queens speech.
When I was pregnant, I found it very difficult to find a drink that was an alcohol free wine. I really wanted a to have the celebratory feeling without the alcohol well Botonique is just that. It is an alcohol free and is lovely to drink, a low calorie Champagne that you can enjoy over Christmas even if you are driving.
My Hubby loves a rum and this Duppy Share is a great Caribbean Rum, that is full of flavour, it seems to be going down so my Hubby must be enjoying it. Duppy Share will make a brilliant addition to all of my cocktails for the Christmas drinks night that we have. It would also make a great Christmas present as well.
Now I have sorted out the drinks and yummy foodie bits, it’s jus the ‘big shop’ and the craziness involved with that a couple of days before Christmas. I hope that whatever you are doing for Christmas I hope you have an amazing time.
*I have been sent products to include within my food and drinks Christmas guide.*