|Formby Beach In Winter- Brr!|
Here are my plans:
First off, as any healthy schools co-ordinator will tell you, dehydration is a killer. Even at low levels it can affect your efficiency and effectiveness in pursuing ... well, whatever your current interest is. In this case: Christmas cheer. I lost my train of thought there - probably through dehydration. See what I mean??
For many, it's a time to crack out the vintage port. We did this a couple of years back; I must admit port isn't my forte and I rather embarassed Sir Florizel of Tweed by describing the vintage (oh yes, it was a vintage port, natch) as a cross between gin and Vimto, then referring to the bottle as the 'Ginto' for the next 48 hours. It did, however, result in Sir Florizel of Tweed's Universal Panacea: a cure-all consisting of two shots of gin (or Vodka), a shot of Vimto cordial, topped up with boiling water. It really does cure most ills! I think he just realised that he could save abot thirty quid a pop by giving me this instead of the proper stuff.
If you have slightly higher standards in beveragery than I, check out these easy-to-make recipes:
Paula Deen's hot drinks: I am a Paula Deen addict. She's an Americal celebrity chef, more of the Nigella as-much-cream-and-butter-as-you-can-muster ilk than a Jamie O (...ironically making junk food rebelliously cool to teens, rest of rant removed...). Anyway, I'm not saying Paula is in any way whatsoever healthsome- I use one maybe once a month, max because these recipes are utterly calorific, but at least it's consistently bad for you with no mixed messages (like 'other brands, too salty, my brand...errr').
|Yes there is butter in those mugs.|
I would go for mulled wine myself. Or some lovely cocktails - the Good To Know website might not be the most frou-frou and fashionable website, but it is fantastic for simple recipes such as:
Cheesy red and yellow pepper canapes
Smoked Salmon Blinis
Christmas Dinner canapes (oh yes!)
...but, if you are having peeps round for Christmas drinks, I have to recommed these olive penguins: so Christmassy, so camp, so perfect. While I'm at it, I thoroughly recommend Cut Out And Keep for simple craft inspiration: projects are added all the time, by users, so even complete clutzes like myself can manage most things!
OK. So I have my recipes sorted. Next up, decor... aside from the cheesy ole tree, that is.