Only six more sleeps till Christmas Day! Is it just us or is everyone else getting in the festive mood now?! We hope the rush of buying last minute gifts won’t wear you out too much to enjoy these final few days of pre-Christmas celebrations.
Where would we be without a warm mince pie to have with a glass of mulled wine or cup of tea when the carol singers call. Or a dainty little mince pie with a dab of cream, to munch while we’re watching Titanic for the nineteenth time! Mince pies are the favourite treat of the season. It’s interesting to note though, that these delicious mouthfuls were not always made from dried fruit.
No doubt you’ve dug out the little black dress or the smart dinner shirt and tie for the Christmas season. Very important to look the part for all the festive parties. Same goes for your salads this Christmas. They will look and taste all the better, for a bit of attention in the dressing up department!
The cheeseboard is bound to make an appearance at some point over the festive holidays. Whether its an after dinner board to indulge in following the Christmas dinner, or a ‘by the fire feast’ to nibble on, while watching a favourite movie, there are some do’s and don’ts to constructing the perfect cheeseboard.
Cooking is part of the fun of the Christmas season. Getting your kids in the kitchen is a good way to drag in some extra help with the food preparation this year. Once you don’t mind a bit more mess than might happen if you were working alone, especially with younger kids, the camaraderie and bonding is worth the effort! Helping to stir up the Christmas pud or Cake, or making edible Christmas treats is the stuff of reminiscence in later years.
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The Christmas bird is nothing without all the traditional trimmings. Stuffing is very much part of that. Whether you want old fashioned or modern, simple or exotic, our top six tips for your stuffing this year will suit all tastes.
Ask any chef how important seasoning is to the finished taste of a dish, and he or she will tell you that good seasoning completes the flavours. Most chefs like to season as they cook, which develops the flavour of the ingredients and cuts down on the need for diners to season at the table. A chef’s role is to present a perfectly finished dish, which shouldn’t need any further adornment of seasoning.
One of the favourite sweet treats of Christmas was first created in remembrance of an ancient tradition. The Christmas Chocolate Yule Log we all know and love, actually represents the historical practice of collecting and burning a very large log in the hearth, throughout the Christmas season.
Perfect snacks to nibble by the fire. Pickles and preserves to accompany the Christmas Dinner. These are all the little extras that make Christmas special. Here’s a quick guide to what you need and where to find them.
Some people just don’t want the hassle of Christmas cooking and entertaining. They’d rather be somewhere nice, being waited on hand and foot, while someone else does the hard work. And why not?!
What do you get for the person who has everything? There’s always one like that on everyone’s Christmas present list. Or perhaps you want to give someone a special little stocking filler, in place of the usual socks, gloves and smellies again this year. In either case, you’re looking for the ultimate gift to surprise that certain person. We’ve got the solution.
With the Christmas season upon us, many us of us are starting to plan our festive activities. From Christmas parties and gift giving to our nearest and dearest, this time of year can be both a challenge and a joy, depending on your attitude towards shopping and Christmas preparation. In Co. Roscommon, Good Food Ireland member Drumanilra Organic Farm are getting into the spirit of all things festive with their series of events over the month of December.
Where would Christmas be without a bit of chocolate to chomp on?! Chocolate takes its place in the festive fare list in so many ways. There’s always a place for chocolate at Christmas, and we know the best places to find it!