Posts Tagged “Christmas”

The Cherry Tree Delivers

The Cherry Tree Delivers

It’s almost ‘that time of year’ again. Yes, Christmas, Xmas, the Festive Season, the Holidays, Yuletide. Whatever one calls it those days are just around the corner. This year has been a strange one and we should all celebrate the fact that 2020 will soon be consigned to history! There is a philosophy that suggests…

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Brockmans Hot Apple Punch

Brockmans Hot Apple Punch

Another Delicious and festive cocktail from Brockmans Gin Hot Apple Punch 50ml Brockmans 25ml lemon juice Warmed apple juice Cinnamon stick to garnish. Stir Brockmans and lemon juice in a glass mug and add warmed apple juice. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon. WHERE TO BUY Brockmans Gin (RRP £34) is  stocked by ASDA, Booths,…

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Geomag Construction

Geomag Construction

Geomag – the irresistible pull It’s true, dear reader, I have consistently insisted that I should be the lone writer for Mostly Food & Travel Journal. But sometimes one must bow to a higher authority and pass the pen to a specialist, a consultant, the proper man for the job. In this case an engineer…

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Brockmans Bold Fashioned

Brockmans Bold Fashioned

Here is another delicious Christmas cocktail from Brockmans Gin Bold Fashioned 45ml Brockmans Gin 10ml Zucca Rhubarb Amaro 3 dashes of Rhubarb bitters 2 dashes Angostura bitters A strip of orange zest studded with cloves to garnish. Combine the Brockmans Gin, Rhubarb Amaro and bitters in a mixing glass and stir. Fill a  Collins glass with ice and pour over the mixture.  Garnish with the strip of…

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Buttermilk Fudge and Chocolate – without Butter or Milk

Buttermilk Fudge and Chocolate – without Butter or Milk

All-round confectionery pleasure It will soon be Christmas and those festive days are usually laced with sweet treats to bring joy to all the family …well, apart from those who want a dairy-free diet. Buttermilk is a curiously named company with a mission to spoil everybody equally. The whole family can share Buttermilk have created…

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Brockmans Hot Ginger Toddy

Brockmans Hot Ginger Toddy

Here is another delicious Christmas cocktail from Brockmans Gin Hot Ginger Toddy 50ml Brockmans Gin 6 dashes of Orange Angostura bitters Premium ginger beer – gently warmed. Garnish: orange wedge or peel, studded with cloves, a Star Anise and a Cinnamon stick. Mix the cocktail ingredients and pour into a heat-proof glass or glass mug. Garnish with…

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History of Money – Cowries to Crypto

History of Money – Cowries to Crypto

Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency and Wealth Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency and Wealth is a delightful book bound to raise a smile at any time of year. This Christmas we need a grin even more than ever. Money is important to all of us. But what exactly is…

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Seeds Garden Kit from Kikkerland

Seeds Garden Kit from Kikkerland

It’s been a strange year and Christmas will likely continue in the same vein. But these times have given us the chance to re-evaluate our lives and what matters. Our gardens have become a focus and Kikkerland have a little Seeds Garden Kit that will remind the lucky recipient of summer days. This is a…

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Brockmans Clove Actually

Brockmans Clove Actually

On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me…Brockmans Gin Clove Actually. This is a delightfully spicy interpretation of a classic G&T with an attractive garnish to start your festive season in style. Clove Actually 50ml Brockmans Gin Top with good quality tonic Garnish: blueberries or clove-studded grapefruit Pour over large ice…

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Wild and Game in Marinade

Wild and Game in Marinade

Wild and Game Partridges in Lemon and Chilli Marinade It’s not yet that festive time of year but it’s always time for Wild and Game Partridges. The celebrated Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” mentions these birds and has them sitting atop a pear tree. That is just as unlikely as Lords leaping and…

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Gin cocktail

Gin cocktail

Gin Cocktails by Stuart Walton is perhaps the best quality and best priced gin cocktail book around. It’s from Lorenz Books who have a reputation for publishing good value books which one will actually use. Christmas will soon be with us and it’s probable that we will be staying home in small ‘bubbles’ this year….

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British Fresh Whole Turkey from ALDI

British Fresh Whole Turkey from ALDI

It’s the Holiday season! By that I don’t just mean Christmas: there is also New Year and beyond, too! Turkey can fit the bill for so many occasions, and ALDI offers quality and budget-friendly birds. Turkeys were first domestically raised in ancient Mexico. There are many explanations for the name “turkey”, and I like the…

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Pan-fried Leeks with Sprouts, Whole Chestnuts & Sage

Pan-fried Leeks with Sprouts, Whole Chestnuts & Sage

From Sainsbury’s   Bring out the natural nutty flavour of sprouts with whole chestnuts, leeks and earthy sage.   Serves: 8 Preparation time: 5 Minutes Cooking time: 12 Minutes   Ingredients: 25g unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 10g fresh sage leaves, shredded, reserving 4 whole leaves to garnish 500g leeks, sliced thickly on the…

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Parsnips with Cumin

Parsnips with Cumin

From BBC Food   If you’re a fan of parsnips, you’ll love this side dish, which adds a heady edge to the natural sweetness of one of the best-loved of root vegetables.   Ingredients parsnips, peeled and halved lengthways 3 tbsp olive oil 1½ tsp ground cumin 4 tsp fresh thyme leaves   Method Preheat…

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Holiday Favourites and Bubbly from Jelly Belly

Holiday Favourites and Bubbly from Jelly Belly

Where did that year go? Still getting the pine needles from last year out of the carpet pile and now it’s time to shed anew! Jelly Belly started as a confectionery company in the US in 1869. It’s still a family-owned company and since 1960 they have been famed for their jelly beans. They are…

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Cranberry Fizz from Morrisons

Cranberry Fizz from Morrisons

From Morrisons Cranberry Fizz is a fruity, fizzy thirst-quencher will go down a treat with your festivities. Ingredients 100ml orange flavour liqueur 1 litre carton cranberry juice finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange 1 bottle of sparkling wine Method Pour the orange flavour liqueur into a large jug, stir in the cranberry juice…

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Christmas Jerk Ham – recipe

Christmas Jerk Ham – recipe

Here’s something that is both traditional and exotic – ham, but vibrant, spicy and memorable, and sure to become a family favourite.   Ingredients: 3kg smoked gammon joint 4 cloves of garlic – crushed 3 Scotch Bonnet chillies (very hot, so try just one if you don’t like heat) 1 large onion – chopped 4…

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13 From ALDI

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13 From ALDI

The eponymous area is centred on the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône wine region in south-eastern France. It is one of the most celebrated appellations from the southern part of the Rhône Valley, and prized vineyards are located around Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in the surrounding villages. Very reasonable price Châteauneuf-du-Pape can be either red or…

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Leakproof is the Answer this Christmas

Leakproof is the Answer this Christmas

Ion8 led the way for sustainability long before other similar companies, and its partnership with Friends of the Earth shows that Ion8 is now well established. They have a strong ethos to design great-looking bottles that contribute to sustainable living all year round. Replacing single-use bottles is the aim, but Ion8 has gone a few…

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Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection for Christmas

Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection for Christmas

Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection chocolates are now available in a bumper 625g box. This huge round presentation will be the perfect Christmas gift for any discerning lover of fine chocolates. I have been a supporter of this Irish company from the very first exquisitely crafted choc. That’s going back a few years now and I…

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