Nothing talks to me more at Christmas than gingerbread. I make these cookies every year as my tradition; I always give a batch to the neighbours with their Christmas card. Now I can promise you that tackling treacle and getting your hands smothered in mixture is so, so worth it. Not only are the spices perfectly balanced, but the soft middle will make you want to eat one after another. So grab an apron and an appetite and be prepared to fill your house with the sweetest smell imaginable.
Christmas can be stressful, all that build up for one day. However magical and festive it is, I sort of love the calm after the storm. Leftovers are a huge part of that, the stress of cooking for many has gone. Beautiful cold cuts of meat, piled with pickles and cheese. Pickling is one of my favourite things to do around Christmas time, in fact making jars of all different things brings me so much joy. I intend to hand out handmade gifts this year, I’m attempting chilli jam and different chutneys.
Christmas can be an expensive time, what with all the presents and food. So the last thing you want to do, is spend a heap of money on decorating your table. Well, I’m here to prove that cutting the cost doesn’t mean losing the aesthetic value.