Our Favourite Christmas Recipes...
Let's be honest, when you're an adult Christmas day is all about the belly-busting food and drink you consume - the gifts are just an added bonus. Christmas is a great time to pull out all the stops with your cooking too! So we've rounded up our favourite recipes available online that will have everyone asking for more come Christmas day.
Let's start with drinks, because everyone loves a drink or six on Christmas...
Not everyone has egg nog at Christmas and it seems like it's just a Hollywood Christmas gimmick, but trust us it's basically Christmas in a cup. Jamie Oliver has apparently made the 'Best Eggnog In The World' - much like that coffee shop in Elf made the best coffee in the world...
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot buttered rum is a different take on the traditional hot toddy and is a great drink to warm up your cockles in the winter. A smooth, spicy variant on the classic hot toddy, hot buttered rum is the kind of drink that makes you want to go wrap up in your pigs'n' blankets and go to bed early. This recipe from Jonathan Goodall at Saga is sure to hit the spot.
Don't forget to save some space for the main...
Avocado is pretty much in everything these days - apart from the shops (they're always sold out!). So it's only fair that this 'modern' take on the prawn cocktail includes the little green fruit - yes it's a fruit! Add a few slices of skin-on apple and voila, you have a modern take on the prawn cocktail. Recipe via Rock My Style
Baked Camembert with Bacon-wrapped Breadsticks
The name says it all *drools on keyboard*. I personally think everything should be bacon wrapped all of the time - but that's not feasible if you want to live past 50. These bacon-wrapped bread sticks with baked camembert dip are sure to go down a treat before the big meal. The only problem might be you haven't made enough! Thanks to BBC Good Food for this mouthwatering recipe.
We're not going to tell you how to cook your whole Christmas dinner, but we've chosen some recipes that will be the the cherry on top of your Christmas dinner.
Mustard Yorkshire Puddings
A risky one because Yorkshire Puddings themselves are just phenomenal (us Brits are suckers for a bit of plain pastry aren't we?). But add 2 large tablespoons of mustard (English obviously) and a handful of rosemary and thyme and you have yourself delicious Yorkshire puddings with a twist. Thanks again to BBC Good Food for the recipe!
Honey-Glazed Carrots & Parsnips
As a child, parsnips haunted me on Christmas dinner - always mistaking them for more roasties! But now my mum's caramelised parsnips are one of my favourites come Christmas day. So this Honey-Glazed carrots & parsnips recipe from Waitrose is a must have this Christmas. Veg has never tasted so sweet!
Pigs in Blankets
After Googling pigs in blankets for this here blog, I came across the atrocity that is American Pigs in Blankets. But fear not, good old Jamie Oliver - The British King of Cooking - has provided the ultimate British recipe for these little piggies. Keeping it simple yet succulent with a few splashes of honey and a handful of herbs.
English Christmas Trifle
English in name, English in nature with it's red and white appearance - this is the ultimate English Christmas trifle. A poached pear and raspberry trifle that has a dash of marsala wine and a splash of Amaretto to give it a boozy bittersweet taste. This recipe from What A Girl Eats is the ultimate trifle.
Now it wouldn't be a great British Christmas without Mary Berry would it? And it true Bake Off style we've included this classic chocolate Yule Log. Mary doesn't take any risks with this one and ensures a good helping of Chocolate is heaped in the mix with a few tablespoons of apricot jam for flavouring.
Cookbooks & Utensils
As well as these tasty recipes, we have a range of cookbooks with more winter warming recipes for you to taste...
To make Christmas Day that little bit easier for you too, we've got a range of kitchen accessories that will help ease the pressure when it comes to Christmas cooking.