Confiture de Noel (Quince Mincemeat)

This year our 3 year old quince tree delivered a respectable 12 quinces which is a vast improvement on the 2 that I had last year.  Their ripening however coincided with the great archaeological dig starting on our house so they were picked and flung into the fridge in our temporary digs.  They keep very…

The Pangs and Pains of Panettone

Panetonne, that wonderful delicious light fluffy and fragrant Italian Christmas Bread that melts in your mouth ………and is an absolute nightmare to make in the traditional way.  I have now tried 3 times and every single occasion has failed and failed badly. So what does “make it the traditional way” mean?  Well first you use…

Raised Christmas Dinner Pie

There are many recipes on the internet with what to do with all those Christmas leftovers but this is my favourite as it has the potential to use up nearly everything from Christmas dinner – the meat, stuffing, parsnips, cranberry sauce and anything else that takes your fancy that would otherwise sit in the fridge…

Stollen – A Christmas Delight from Dresden

So many of our Christmas traditions are in fact imports from Germany.  The most notable import is the Christmas Tree which Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s husband for those whose history is a little rusty) introduced in the mid 19th Century.  The Stollen is another more recent addition.  I have been asking around and I think…