christmas

Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

The New Year has begun, and I’m easing myself into it very gently. Last night I woke to the constant drumming of rain on the tin roof outside our bedroom window. Today it’s actually starting to pelt down, the temperature so cool I’ve put on my favourite oversized sweater and am curled up on the sofa slowly going through emails that have been piling up, unanswered, over the Christmas period. These are the days I love, be it summer or winter; for me they are food days. And on these days I like to have something cooking slowly in the oven, or simmering on the stove.

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Watermelon and Plum Daiquiris: a Family Tradition.

Watermelon and Plum Daiquiris: a Family Tradition.

As Christmas approaches, I start to think about family, and how important it is to have them, whether they be blood relatives, or close friends, who are always there for you when you need them. From the moment we are born, we start making our traditions, at first with our parents and siblings, and then, as we grow older and leave the nest, with our partners, children, and friends. These little traditions, whether they be silly or serious, pop up every year like clockwork, and don’t I love them, particularly at this time of year.

One of our traditions is to drink Daiquiris at Christmas, and this started years before our children were born. 

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Poussin with Chestnut and Pancetta stuffing

Poussin with Chestnut and Pancetta stuffing

A few years ago our eldest daughter requested Poussin stuffed with chestnuts, pancetta and various other exotic ingredients for our Christmas lunch. I asked her where she had seen this recipe, and she replied, “ Just make it up!” So I did, and as luck would have it, it was delicious.

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Tannenbaum

Tannenbaum

Yes it’s that time again - the festive season; time to find presents people actually want, send cards to people you saw last week and people you may never see again, prepare food you only eat once a year, and most important of all - put up and decorate the ubiquitous Christmas tree. And I know; our children are all grown up, they both have paying jobs, the eldest living overseas. So why do we do it?

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