Festive Food, Fashion & Fun!

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!

EATING

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’!





Oh , and here’s probably one of the most random Christmas foodie things around: Tesco Finest Mince Pie Crisps (yes,CRISPS). Apparently ‘a unique, sweet, spicy flavour, inspired by the humble mince pie, that goes beautifully with a warming glass of mulled wine.’ We want to try! (£1.39 for 150g bag)

DRINKING

Of course, as much as Christmas is all about presents and food, alcohol (can) play a big part too – it’s acceptable to drink earlier in the day when it’s the festive season, right?! (Note: We DO endorse sensible drinking!) But here’s a few alcohol-related things you might like ;)

FESTIVE COCKTAILS
All these serve about 4 people, can be mixed and chilled for up to 5 hours before serving, and remember to have some ice cubes ready! (And funky glasses.)

Spiced Apple Punch
In a jug add 350ml of spiced rum, 3 cinnamon sticks, a small handful of cloves, 3 slices of fresh ginger and fill with apple juice. Leave to infuse for as long as possible. Add ice just before serving, stir thoroughly and serve in glasses with a bit of ginger beer to add more spice!

Gin Berry
Mix 350ml of sloe gin with 100ml raspberry liqueur (or crème de cassis) in a jug. When ready to serve pour into champagne glasses and a splash of ginger ale.

Pink Fizz
Pour 350ml vodka, 150ml crème de cassis and 500ml pomegranate juice in a jug. Chill until needed then stir well and pour into glasses with some chilled dry sparkling wine.

Peach Kiss
Mix 350ml amaretto, 100ml peach schnapps and 150ml each of cranberry juice and orange juice. Mix well when ready to serve and add ice.

EGGNOG
This is a classic Christmas tipple: it’s basically a sweetened dairy drink made with milk, cream, sugar, eggs and liquor – either brandy, rum or whiskey – and spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Eggnog is actually an American thing and is usually associated with their winter celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. But it’s become more popular on our British shores, helped by coffee houses like Starbucks – selling Eggnog Lattes, which have become so popular they’ve even got their own Facebook page! Have a try (or make!) the stuff if you get chance!

CHRISTMAS JUMPER CRAZE

We could go crazy talking about ‘Christmas Fashion’, but one thing that probably amuses us all and is the subject of many a debate: CHRISTMAS JUMPERS. Some might say they’ve been brought back into fashion and are socially acceptable; others maybe believe they should never have been invented and are a fashion crime. Here’s a few we like – some are more ‘tasteful’ than others!

WATCH

Tis the season to eat lots, drink lots…and watch lots of festive films! Let out the big kid inside you and get excited about the cheesy but fun offerings of films on the telly and DVDs around this time of year.

Here are our Top Ten Christmas Films (you HAVE to see at least one!):

1. Home Alone (1 + 2)
2. Elf
3. Love Actually
4. Miracle on 34th Street
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
6. The Santa Clause
7. The Grinch
8. The Polar Express
9. Jingle All the Way
10. A Muppet Christmas Carol

FESTIVE LAUGHS

Let’s end this festive blog on an amusing note; Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the cringe-worthy jokes courtesy of good old Christmas crackers. Here’s a few that are so rubbish they’re funny, and a few decent ones for good measure:

What do you call a blind reindeer? No eye deer.

What’s furry and minty? A polo bear.

What do you get when you cross a lion with a snowman? Frostbite.

What do you call a penguin in the Sahara desert? Lost.

Got my wife a wooden leg for Christmas. Not her main present, it’s just a stocking filler.

Oh, and a final one which isn’t even a joke but a funny anecdote from me (Pam): I was writing my Christmas cards, all excited about it, but when I got to about 30 cards I realised that on every single one I had put ‘Happy Birthday’ inside…CRINGE! (In case you’re wondering, despite suggestions of keeping them and putting ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’, I threw them out and started again. Learn from my mistake!!)

FROM ALL OF US AT STUDENTCOOKING.TV, HAVE A ‘PROPER CRIMBO’!

PS…want MORE Christmas inspiration?! Here’s a few more festive blogs!

Rubelles’ Moon – ‘Christmas Spice and All Things Nice’ and ‘Gingerbread House Frenzy
The Gluten-Free Student Cookbook – ‘Gluten-free Mince Pies with Crumble Topping
Donal Skehan -Edible Christmas Gift Basket
Laura Kenny: ‘The Seasonal Kitchen’ – ‘Christmas Cake and Mince Pies’ and also her ‘Chocolate Christmas Tree recipe‘ on our Blog!
The Cooking School at Dean Clough – ’12 Days of Christmas Countdown
Baking Mad UK – ‘Christmas Gift Hamper ideas’ (lots of homemade goodies!)

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