Archive for December, 2011

On the 7th Day of Christmas…

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

As the traditional Christmas song goes, “On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five gold rings…” etc. We’re focusing on the number ’7′ because, as part of Dean Clough Cooking School‘s special ’12 Days of Christmas’ blog, Joe from the team (a big foodie) was asked to write a piece for it!

The countdown started on the 12th, and each day on the Cooking School blog (and also the Focus on Food blog) there’ll be a great festive recipe or tip with an awesome illustration by talented artist Chris Vine (like this one he did for us!).

So, it’s our turn to feature on the blog today to celebrate the festive season – check out Joe’s foodie contribution, a Fruity Granita recipe idea, right here!

Festive Food, Fashion & Fun!

Friday, December 9th, 2011

It’d be shameful if there wasn’t anything on our Blog about Christmas – who DOESN’T like this festive season?! (If you don’t – booooo you Scrooges!) So, we hope you enjoy this post and it helps you get into the ‘Crimbo’ spirit!


Food, after presents of course, is probably the second most important and big-deal thing about Christmas. There are just so many amazing, indulgent, calorie-laden but delicious edible choices around…*drools*

If you’re interested, here’s a list of our Top 5 Christmas Treats:
1. Christmas dinner with all the trimmings!
2. Mince pies
3. Chocolates and truffles
4. Brandy sauce/butter
5. Christmas Pudding

To get you even more excited, here’s some amazingggg-looking baking things to make you go ‘oooooh’, ‘ahhhh’, ‘yummmmm’!


Guest (Christmas!) Blog from Laura Kenny

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

‘Hi, my name is Laura. I am a student from Dublin and I love to cook and come up with lots of new creative recipes. I have been writing my own food blog The Seasonal Kitchen for the last few months so why not check it out for some inspiration!

With Christmas only just around the corner, why not get into the festive spirit and make this Chocolate Christmas Tree with some of your flat mates. This is a Christmas tradition in my house and we have been making it for years. It’s easy, cheap and lots of fun to make!


All you will need to make this is:
• 300g good quality milk chocolate
• 150g rice krispies
• Some baking parchment
• Icing sugar for dusting
• A ruler and a pencil!