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One of the things I love about Christmas is the build-up, all the little things you do to get yourself into the festive spirit. For us Christmas actually starts in October (a bit too early I know!) when we help the boys write their lists for Father Christmas. We used to do it a lot nearer to Christmas, but we quickly realised that if you don’t pin little ones down to a finalised list, it’ll keep changing right up until the last minute. Using October half-term to browse round the toy shops and write our lists ensures that Father Christmas has plenty of time to organise and wrap the presents.
When the time comes to wrap up our presents, we try to make it as festive as possible (because it’s not the most exciting job otherwise!). We watch one of our favourite Christmas films (Love Actually or The Holiday), or something equally as seasonal like SPOTY or the X-Factor final, with some Christmassy popcorn and a little festive tipple. I’ve usually opted for a warm glass of mulled wine or cider, but this year my festive drink of choice is something a little different…the Snowball…
I’m going to admit that in the past I’ve usually bought my cranberry sauce to serve alongside my Christmas turkey, but this year I decided that it was high time I got on and made my own.
I’m in charge of dinner this Christmas and I’m planning to make it as low effort as possible whilst still trying to make a few things from scratch. I love cooking and could happily while away a few hours in the kitchen cooking a roast, but that’s not what I’m planning on doing on the big day. I want to be in the lounge with my family and a glass of something delicious, opening presents and listening to cheesy Christmas music…
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I’m a big fan of lamb, I absolutely love the flavour. I don’t though eat it as often as I’d like, so when I was contacted by Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun, an EU campaign aimed at getting people eating more lamb, to create a twist on one of their delicious lamb recipes I jumped at the chance. It was the perfect excuse to get myself cooking it more.
Apparently many people think that lamb is difficult to cook (it’s no trickier than beef), too expensive (it’s cheaper than beef) or only really for Sunday roasts served with a decent dollop of mint sauce (The Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun recipes page will show that’s simply not true!).
It’s time to let you know what’s in The Food Calendar for December (warning – there’s not a lot, let’s face it everyone’s thinking about Christmas food right now!). I wanted to share some recipes with a bit of a festive theme this month so I’ve chosen a selection featuring one of my favourite Christmas ingredients…marzipan.
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Last Friday I was invited as part of a group of food bloggers to visit the Iceland Kitchen at their head office near Chester. The purpose of the visit was to have a tour of their new test kitchens (over which I now have serious kitchen and photography studio envy!), to taste some of their Christmas treats (including a Christmas turkey cooked on a BBQ) and to bust some of the myths that exist about frozen food…
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If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that I spent this Friday eating only microwave food. However, this was microwave food with a difference. It wasn’t ready-meals, everything was made from scratch with fresh, healthy ingredients – breakfast, lunch and dinner, even snacks…
A little while ago I was asked if I was interested in reviewing some Sprout Pencils and as soon as I read up a bit about them I jumped at the chance because, quite simply, they sounded fun.
For anyone that’s not seen them before (which I suspect quite a few of you will have based on the number of times I’ve spotted posts being shared about them in my Facebook feed), they’re the world’s first sustainable plantable pencil – a colouring pencil with seeds hidden away in the end. Once you’ve finished your colouring you stick them in some soil, give them a water and wait for them to grow…
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As you know I am a bit of a fan of social media, I spend (probably a little bit too) much of my day browsing my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. So I was very excited to discover a new social network and, even better, one dedicated to one of my absolute favourite things – baking…
Welcome to my 28th monthly blog update, all about what I got up to behind the scenes of Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in October 2016.
This month I’m going to be talking about bringing back the ads and making better recipe videos…
Hands up who’s getting excited about Christmas!
I’ve seen a few bloggers apologising for talking about Christmas too early this week, but I’m not going to. It’s mid-November, all the big Christmas ads are out on the TV (do you have a favourite?), the weather is rubbish and I need something to get excited about and what’s not to love about Christmas.
One of the many things I love is festive baking…