Thursday, 2 January 2014

A Festive Foodie Adventure

The last couple of weeks have been a whirl wind of festive foodie adventures and excitements. I can't believe it is already 2nd January, where did 2013 go? The last month has been great fun, filled with Christmas parties, Christmas Day and then New Year. In this post I wanted to give you a run down of some of the yummy things I ate and made in December.

Canapes are always a big thing during the festive period, they turn a drinks party into something special, miniature decadent bites and a glass of bubbles- perfect. These are my most favourite ones that appear time and time again.

I love a good Devil on Horseback but swap the prunes for dates and you have my new favourite nibble. A toffee, sticky, salty, gooey bite of delightfulness. I am simply going to call them 'Devils' as this is what they kept being called over Christmas as the hands flew in and they were gone in seconds. Next time I want to add a little pearl of mozzarella or blue cheese for even more of a flavour explosion.

Smoked Salmon is always a winner but blitzed with a bit of creme fraiche, dill and lemon, it is quite simply delicious.

A Christmas canapé staple- The good old Honey Mustard Sausages.

Mini Orange Mince Pies- not one soggy bottom in sight, so happy.

All washed down with a yummy glass of Champagne.

My work Christmas Party was in the Ballroom at Claridge's, such a special beautiful place. 

Christmas chutneys- Apple and Cranberry and Caramelised Red Onion- I love making chutney's as Christmas presents, all wrapped up in a festive bow. 

The Christmas tree that Ted and I had great pleasure in decorating. I finally got the festive feeling.

We had a White Christmas. YAY!

Adventures in the snow followed by Roses and snuggles by the fire. 

Christmas it self was fun filled, lots of drinking and eating took place. We spent the few days around Christmas with our very good family friends, The Lawson's, who arrived with a car filled with goodies- cheese, wine and champagne. Happy lady. 

Look at that piece of Cheddar, amazing. Beautifully modelled by Sam Lawson.

Casual Cheeseboard. 

We are not turkey fans and so this year we went for roast pork with an incredible stuffing of Apricots, sausage meat and an array of fresh herbs to bring the little piggy to life.

Preceding this was a starter of Smoked Trout and local bread, a simple understated start to a fantastic meal.

No Christmas is complete without a Christmas Yule Log.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year- Here is to 2014. 



  1. EVERY BIT of this looks so delicious! Salivating.................

    xo Nicole

    1. I honestly put on 5 stone this Christmas no joke. So worth it though :) xxx


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