Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Christmas

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings

Feeding Time BlogThis here is a photo of the spread my sister put on for our tiny Christmas Cocktail get-together. So much effort, love and generosity of spirit was laid out on this table which to me, is the true spirit of the season. I realised this year that my failed attempts to relax at this time of year were terribly misplaced. This is no time to relax! Christmas is a time to gather your energies for one final hurrah before the winter closes in. Christmas is time to bake, make and shake your bootie, it’s time to wizz around getting last …

Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar Famous Mulled Wine

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Perhaps it’s because I’m Australian, but I’ve never really picked up on the mulled wine tradition here in the UK. To me it tasted either too sour or overly spiced and stating the bloody obvious – what’s with warm wine?

But things change. A few weeks ago I dragged the boys down to the Cookham Christmas Street Fayre that’s held in the High St in early December. If you’ve never been, the Cookham Christmas fayre is a corker; jam-packed with amazing food stands, a couple of choice rides and plenty of gift stalls and alcohol – the perfect recipe for …

Butternut Squash, Honey, Cheese & Savoury Sage Crumble

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I’ve added some roasted beetroot to my crumble making it look all gory, but I don’t know that it added anything to the original concept. After trying the Marlow Cheese Co. Cygnet cheese, I knew there was a recipe in there somewhere.The Cygnet has an almost sour, citrus flavour when it’s young and isn’t overly salty which means it completes the holy trinity of flavour when you combine it with something salty and sweet. So in this dish you’ve got the sweetness of the squash and honey, the savoury of the crumble and the sourness of the cheese. This is …

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

I don’t know if it’s the same in your neighbourhood or backyard but our neighbours have an apple tree on our fence line that’s bare but for the green baubles that occasionally drop and roll across the yard. I have no idea what kind of variety it is but they taste pretty good. I’ve seen trees along the motorway that have red fruit still adorning the barren branches and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why we decorate our Christmas trees the way we do.

There are a number of similar recipes for this kind of apple-cranberry loaf and …

Food-Lovers Christmas Gift Guide

Sure, it’s only November, but this is the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping for maximum gifting pleasure without the stress and December budget blow-out. Getting a gift for someone who loves food and cooking might seem like a no-brainer but the relationship between a cook, their food and their kitchen is an intimate one fraught with complications. Your brother might love to cook Mexican food but you’d be wasting your time to get them a recipe book from Britain’s ‘favourite’ Mexican food chef. Your best friend loves smoke-pit meat? A BBQ tool set from Robert Dyas is probably …

Cheddar and Chutney Scones

Cheddar and Chutney Scones

I’ll let these photos speak for themselves. As much as I’d like to recall, these buttermilk, Cheddar and Christmas Chutney scones didn’t just happen spontaneously because unlike chutney and cheese, it’s not often I have buttermilk in the fridge. And you really need buttermilk for this recipe. These scones were a premeditated craving. I’d also recommend grabbing some proper Wookey Hole Cave Cheddar and Rosebud Preserve Christmas Chutney rich with dates, prunes, apricots and ale because that’s what I used and the combination worked deliriously well. I can’t speak for the quality of these scones using lesser quality cheese and …

Mince Pie Crumble

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In the exciting months leading up to Christmas, foodies have to contend with deliveries of festive treats, and the latest and likely my last for this year were some seasonal offerings from Rosebud Preserves; Christmas Fruit Chutney made with prunes, dates, apricots, aromatic allspice and strong dark ale and Almond and Orange Mincemeat made with with Bramley apples, vine fruits, citrus and a measure of brandy. Elspeth Biltoft founded her preserve company in 1989, combining the recipes passed down from her mother and botanical teachings of her father. Based in Masham in North Yorkshire, Rosebud Preserves has grown bigger …