Camp Bestival Planning

Mojitos for tomorrow night and in an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn't need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered. However, we have children so that's not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.

Chocolate Panettone

Panettone is an Italian Christmas cake. This version makes smaller panettone that are lovely to give as presents

Lavender Shortbread

Fragrant shortbread made with lavender sugar, serve with delicate Darjeeling tea for an elegant afternoon tea or give them as presents.

Lavender Sugar

This fragrant sugar makes a fabulous present, attach a label with the lavender shortbread recipe handwritten to finish it off beautifully. Also lovely sprinkled over summer berries. This will keep for 6 months.

Melting Snowman Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas muffins iced to look like melting snowmen, they go down a treat at Christmas.
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Gingerbread Biscuits - rubbing in method

It wouldn't be Christmas without gingerbread in our house, gingerbread biscuits to decorate and if I remember to put a hole in the top they may end up on the Christmas tree although it's difficult to get them to last that long.

Mini Christmas Puddings - children's version

This chocolate fridge crunchy or tiffin recipe makes wonderfully easy and spectacular mini Christmas puddings, you could use thick glace icing instead of sugarpaste to drizzle over if you wish. Wonderful boxed to give as gift for friends and family.


Stollen is a yeasted dough, it can be made in advance, frozen and then iced when you are ready to eat it.

Macaroon Mince Pies

You will need 1 quantity of mincemeat, homemade is much, much nicer than shop bought, it's very quick to make and you can choose between my Traditional Mincemeat and Quick Low Fat Refrigerator Mincemeat and 1 quantity of sweet shortcrust pastry.

It's Christmas - beat the recession and make your gifts

  Just finished Bill Buckley's Sunday Lunch show on BBC Oxford where we've been talking about making edible Christmas presents with the help of Rachel Allen on dial in, pity she couldn't have been in the studio but it was good to…

Chocolate and Ginger Christmas Pudding

Christmas puddings are traditionally made on Stir Up Sunday, around 6 weeks before Christmas. Gather the family around to stir the pudding in a clockwise direction and each make a wish.