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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Assistant Editor Molly Powell is bullied into choosing her favourite Christmas reads . . . December: it’s dark, it’s cold, and it should be snowing,but we’re stuck with rain instead. It’s that time of year again – time for closed curtains, lit candles, fuzzy socks, and more time on the sofa than is probably good […]

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EIGHT TOP TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR TIME

‘I’m crazy busy’ seems to be the modern catch cry. Try these simple strategies to manage your time. There are no surprises here – time is a fixed entity, but the good news is that you have plenty of power of over how you conceive it and parcel it out. 1. Use the 4 Ds: […]

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Christmas countdown by Gizzi Erskine

I’m not going to pretend that organization is my strong suit, BUT avoiding stress is the key to enjoying the festive period – the idea is to have a good time, not a nervous breakdown. Recipes for my Christmas puddings, mincemeat, chutneys and Christmas cake will improve greatly with a bit of maturing time, so […]

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Christmas turkey pie with all the trimmings

The beloved Christmas lunch shouldn’t be exclusive to 25 December. Now you can indulge at any time of year! Chestnuts, turkey, bacon and sausage meat are encased in a gorgeous golden parcel, which can be eaten hot, warm or cold, and very easy to prepare ahead.   Serves 10 A little plain flour, for dusting […]

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WIN A DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND BOOK BUNDLE

For your chance to WIN all four Department Store for the Mind books: Walking in the Rain, Washing Up is Good For You, As You Are and Four-Legged Therapy, simply email publicity@octopusbooks.co.uk  with ‘NOURISH & INSPIRE’ before midnight on Sunday 9th December and we will randomly select a winner. Please click here for full T&Cs.

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GINGERBREAD HEARTS

At our bakery, the pre-dough is made in early November, and then kept in a kitchen cupboard for a month to improve the flavour of the gingerbread. You can make the dough right away if you’re in a hurry – the flavour won’t be as intense, but it will still be delicious. Baking the hearts […]

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CHOCOLATE & SALTED CARAMELIZED CHESTNUT YULETIDE LOG

Chocolate log is great as it is, but this recipe is extra Christmassy – I’ve pimped the ordinary chocolate cream filling and swapped it for a velvety chestnut cream with hints of salted caramel, then covered it in broken-up chocolate flakes to make it look even more like a real log. The imperative snow look […]

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Cider-brined chicken with prunes, chestnuts and baby onions

An excellent Christmas option if you don’t want to cook a turkey. It’s as bronze as a footballer’s WAG (the brine, because it contains sugar, means that the skin becomes a good deep colour) and looks glorious. Some farmers produce really big chickens for Christmas and Easter: Fosse Meadows have them, while SJ Fredericks do […]

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Top 5 Christmas Hampers

One You can’t go to the North and not visit Betty’s Tea Shop.  Since starting in 1919, it’s become something of an insitiution and with Bettys Spiced Christmas Tisane tea bags and miniature fruit cakes, this is the perfect gift for tea lovers.  Available for just under £60. Two The ultimate chocolate lover’s collection from […]

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Weekend Recipe: Traditional Christmas Turkey

  At Lidgate’s we favour traditional turkey breeds, such as Kelly Bronze. Descended from old-fashioned stock, they are more narrow-breasted and with a better fat covering than the modern, big-breasted birds. Not only do these turkeys have a better flavour and texture, but they also cook more quickly and are less likely to dry out. […]

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Top Five Red Wine Food Pairings

Whether you’re hosting a festive dinner with friends or need something to impress the in-laws this Christmas, a glass of wine can be transformed by a complimentary food pairing. This week, we’re sharing our top five pairings for that bottle of red you’ve been saving for a special occasion. 1. Red burgundy Consider the weight and […]

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10 chilling horror novels to read over Christmas

The Shining by Stephen King Obviously the King’s snowed-in spookfest makes it to the top of our list. Bonus points if you read this while staying in a hotel over the holidays, but fingers crossed there are no Red Rooms or dull boys lurking around the place. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill Inspire some festive nightmares with […]

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#12Days: Joanne Harris’ festive book recommendations

Today we welcome the wonderful Joanne Harris to the blog as she shares her festive book recommendations with us

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Gizzi Erskine’s Christmas Countdown

I’m not going to pretend that organization is my strong suit, BUT avoiding stress is the key to enjoying the festive period – the idea is to have a good time, not a nervous breakdown. With a bit of forward planning things will go a whole lot smoother, so here is a breakdown of steps […]

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Weekend Recipe: Red Velvet Cheesecake

This recipe combines the two bestsellers at Cake Boy – red velvet and cheesecake. It does require a little bit of effort, but it is worth it, as the reward is an amazing-looking tasty cake. Red velvet cheesecake Serves 12 | Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling and overnight chilling | Cooking time: 35–40 minutes […]

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