Christmas 201212:51 pm, November 23, 2012
Phew, here we go, on that hurtle down the mulled wine and mince pie laden trudge towards Christmas. Every year I get myself all in a tizz about it and lose sight of whats important. It’s a chance to have a few days off and spend some time with family & friends. And cook and eat some delicious food. The food bit I love and if I could spend as much time making mince pies and stuffing poultry as I did thinking of original, interesting gifts that people actually want or need I’d look forward to December with a happy heart.
So, I have decided this year, I’m going to embrace Christmas food and its spice laden joys, and inflict my efforts on a few people I care about, as presents. I know its cheesy but I love receiving those gifts. Its about giving the gift of time. A friend makes me a Christmas cake each year, and its a splendid thing. I will very much enjoy taking a day off work and making batches of jams and mincemeat rather than trudging the length of my local high street in the rain buying average tat.
My gifts may or may not be well received, but then the second copy of the latest Ian Rankin book may not be either. At least you can spread my jammy present on your Boxing day toast. There may even be orange vodka as I missed the sloes this year.
Anyone out there got a recipe?