With the arrival of December comes an extra crispness in the air, evenings in front of the log-burner and a festive feeling that’s fast sneaking up on us.
Thoughts are turning to Christmas and, if I could, I’d be heading to Europe to soak up some authentic yuletide atmosphere in a traditional Christmas market. Lebkuchen biscuits, Glühwein and schnapps spring to mind and with them my Lebkuchen recipe.
The medieval towns do it best; Christmas time in Bruges is magical, Cologne is home to an epic Christmas Market and Christmas in Freiburg is on my wish list but Munich is home to my favourite Christmas market. Or, as the Germans would say, ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’.
Gin has long been my tipple of choice so I was delighted to find out this week that there’s a whole day devoted to everything gin. World Gin Day happens each year in June and began in 2009. Why did that take so long? There are hundreds of gin inspired events planned worldwide.
To help you celebrate World Gin Day, read on for ,my gin and tonic recipe and tips on how to make the perfect gin and tonic.
There’s a rye bread that’s been baked underground in geothermal springs in Iceland for generations. The Icelandic bread is dark, dense, deliciously sweet and it’s called Hverabrauð, Thunder Bread or Icelandic rye bread. Read on to find out about our day in Iceland and for the thunder bread recipe which I recommend you have a go at making at home (you don’t actually need a thermal lake in your garden to do this).
I went on a whirlwind, 24-hour visit, to Iceland to discover how Thunder Bread is made and to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Celebrity Cruises and Waitrose ‘Taste of Travel’ food and travel series. The series is filmed with the lovely Rosie’s Deli Cafe owner and presenter Rosie Lovell.
‘Mezze Small Plates to Share’ is a new mezze recipe book by Ghillie Başan, dropped onto my doormat this week and as soon as I dipped into its pages I was transported into full-on feast of mouth-watering mezze. Not least the hot hummus recipe.
Blackberry vodka is the perfect drink to sip on a winter’s evening in front of the fire, or to use for a fruity cocktail. It’s simple to make and tastes delicious. Read on for my easy blackberry vodka recipe which I guarantee you’ll make time and time and again.