I guess it’s inevitable what this MEGRG will contain, for festive frolics are just around the corner.
Every year I make our door wreath. One year it contained chilli & limes, the next year I made it from sprouts. Last year I went on a Blossom Tree wreath making workshop and I was really pleased with what I managed to produce. Now I just need to come up with a design for this year now. If all else fails I do love this herb & chilli wreath from Rocket Garden.
For the last few years I’ve made Christmas cakes but they rarely get eaten so this year I’ve decided to make festive Florentines instead. They are one of my favourite sweet things. I’m thinking dried cranberries, sour cherries, candied peel with lots of nuts, chocolate and maybe a liberal dusting of gold lustre. Something a bit like this Hairy Bikers recipe, though if it is as good as the recipe in the Green & Blacks cookbook remains to be seen.
Paul A Young Advent Calendar
I’m a lucky lady, Hubs has treated me to a Paul A Young advent calendar, I think it’s to make up for the fact he bought himself yet another Star Wars Lego advent calendar this year.
I’m a huge fan of Paul A Young. His rich brownies are like eating a slab of divine truffle. They are so rich I cut them in quarters and eat over 4 sittings. The chocolates contained in this years calendar include: champagne, fruit & nut, spiced rum, persian spices and his multi-award winning salted caramel. To offset these rather good chocolates I also have a Cadburys Hero calendar. Still great chocolate just at the other end of the chocolate spectrum.
Not original I know, but there is something about the book that makes me smile, even if it is to just look and dream than cook a recipe from it. Don’t forget it’s probably Nigella to blame for why so many of us deck our kitchens out in fairy lights during the festive season.
Calke Abbey Christmas Lights and Labyrinths
It’s been a tradition of ours for a good few years to attend Calke Abbey for their Christmas events. Every year the gardens are lit, children deck the trees with handmade ornaments and the wish tree even granted my wish a few years ago.
Inside the house they decorate some of the rooms using decorations found stashed in the grand hall. This is surprisingly easy given the previous tenants, the Harper-Crewe family, were hoarders. Last year there was a tree decorated circa 1980, this took me back to my childhood and made me surprisingly emotional.
This year some of the tunnels will be lit and we will be returning for the first time with Little Baker in tow to add her to our Christmas tradition.
Wishing everyone a fabulous festive season and there will be a couple of quick and easy Christmas recipes coming to the blog in the next week or two.