I’ve just finished my massive to do list at work and sat thinking about what I could do today’s #Blogmas post on whilst scrolling through pictures on my phone. I then came across a picture of some pickle and cheeses I brought at my local Christmas market on Friday and thought why not do a post on my favourite food (and drinks) for the festive season. This brings me on to my ‘Festive Foodie Favourites’…
This first photo is the one that inspired this post. Cheese is an all year favourite for me but in the winter it’s an excuse to open a bottle of port (Taylors Reserve is one of my favourites) and sit by the fire. Port is definitely a winter drink, I couldn’t imagine drinking it on the beach, that’ll be like drinking Pimms by the fire, it just doesn’t work! I discovered these brands at Badminton Horse Trials earlier this year and have been loyal to them ever since. If you haven’t heard of these before I’d recommend having a browse of their sites (www.snowdoniacheese.co.uk and www.cherrytreepreserves.co.uk) and giving them a try, I’m sure you won’t regret it!
Summer is for sandwiches and salads and winter is for soup. I’m a big fan of lentil soups with Baxter’s Lentil and Vegetable being my favourite, I always add a bit of Tabasco to spice it up a little too. New Covent Garden have a massive range of soups perfect for winter, these are just two of my favourites, their Lentil and Bacon one is gorgeous too! We’ve just got a microwave in the kitchen at work so I’ve been eating A LOT of soup recently. Always served with a little bit of Tiger Bread for dipping.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will be aware of my tea drinking habit with my various tea posts. Twinings is one of my favourite brands as they have so many different teas to chose from and they always bring out new seasonal teas to add to their ever growing collection. This one is gorgeous, like ‘Christmas in a cup’!
Cake, cake, cake, cake and more cake. Winter and most definitely Christmas is a time for ditching your good eating habits and replacing them with cheese, cake, port and mulled wine. These are some ‘Butterfly Cakes’ I made the other week and we’re making our yearly gingerbread house next week too (although tempted to make it using a mixture of white and milk chocolate instead).
Lastly, Strawberry Nesquik (I’ve tried to spell that over and over again so I hope that’s right!); I’m not a massive fan of milk but the second you add Nesquik it’s suddenly delicious. I love the banana flavour also. I’ve got a childhood habit of not drinking it though, instead eating the whole cup with a teaspoon (don’t ask). This is such a ‘curl up in bed and watch Christmas Movies’ drink.
What is your favourite festive food and/or drink?