Fall into the food coma of your dreams with these 8 amazing recipes!

Words by: Isla Williams

Ahh, Christmas… One of my favourite times of year, not just because of family time, the pretty street lights, and being gifted with presents, but the FOOD! Yes, the food! Christmas gives us the chance to truly indulge in all the roast turkey, mulled wine, mince pies, and of course, pigs in blankets. But what food have I been checking out this Christmas? Well I have you covered, with my recommendations – and recipes to go with them…

  1. Gingerbread men – only just the other day did I decide to make my own gingerbread men – I’ve always enjoyed baking, it’s a lot of fun, helps to relieve stress levels (especially useful at this time of year) and the end result was very yummy! Gingerbread men are cute, and the best thing is you can draw your own designs on them with icing, dressing them up as you please! – if you’re an artistic person, here’s your chance to get creative. Here’s the recipe I used: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/gingerbread_men_99096
  2. Mulled wineMulled wine – I’ll never forget the moment I first tried mulled wine: it was last Christmas at my friend’s house, she had made it for her Christmas party, and I LOVED IT!! Especially considering I’m more of a vodka person when it comes to alcohol, but it was so sweet and tasted festive! It is perfect for Christmas, and I’m going to be having some with my Christmas dinner this year. https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mulledwine_8156
  3. Chocolate mince pies – anyone who knows me knows how much of an addiction I have to chocolate – it may be bad for you, but it’s like a drug to me, and I cannot get enough. And what could be better than normal mince pies? Chocolate mince pies of course! I’ve never been a big fan of original mince pies, but these chocolate ones are the best, and hopefully I’ll get around to making them at Christmas. https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chocolate_mince_pies_51441
  4. Christmas beef wellington – of course most people will eat roast turkey at Christmas dinner – as will I. But some families have other traditions, and it’s always good to give other meats a try. One that I’ve been particularly interested in is beef wellington. The classic British dish consists of steak coated in pâté and wrapped in puff pastry, and has been upgraded for Christmas – courtesy of Gordon Ramsay: http://www.redonline.co.uk/christmas/christmas-recipes/gordon-ramsays-christmas-beef-wellington
  5. Boxing day pasties – tired of eating your Christmas dinner leftovers in sandwhich form? Well never fear, as this is a new and creative way to eat them – these pasties are packed full of turkey, stuffing, roasted veggies, and you can’t forget the gravy and cranberry sauce! https://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/boxing-day-pasties
  6. Brie and cranberry twists – brie and cranberry go so well together, they are the sisters of bread and butter. And these mini twists, a mixture of creamy cheese and sweet cranberry, are perfect for Christmas parties and as boxing day snacks! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2760975/brie-and-cranberry-twistsmel-turner-410397.jpg
  7. Prosecco and wild mushroom gravy – prosecco is another alcoholic fave at Christmas time, and what better way to have it in gravy, complete with wild mushrooms?! This definitely makes a change from the boring traditional gravy, and really packs in the flavour. Don’t forget to drink it as well though – good in cocktails or on it’s own! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/make-ahead-prosecco-wild-mushroom-gravy
  8. Christmas cheesecake – I love cake, but I’ve always found Christmas cake to taste very boring and bland, so to spice it up my family usually make cheesecake at Christmas instead! And this might just be my favourite Christmas cheesecake recipe yet – consisting of a ginger base, and topped with cream cheese icing and BLOWTORCHED clementines!! De-lish-ious. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/christmas-pudding-cheesecake

Gingerbread men

Now I don’t know about you guys, but I am hungry and so ready for Christmas dinner!

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