Festive Flavours - Easing into the Holiday Season
Christmas still feels ages away but if you’re a lover of the festive season, we have some sneakily delicious ways to incorporate Christmas flavours into your days for the next two months (without having to admit it)!
- Elevate your sides: charred Brussels sprouts with Marmite butter and Maple spiced parsnips make for the perfect accompaniment to any meat-based or vegetarian main, especially a Sunday roast, and are a stunning reminder of Christmas lunch. We like these complemented by the spicy notes of a mediterranean red, like the Colomba Bianca ‘Vitese’ Nero D’Avola (Sicily, £9.95)
- Veganise your winter staples: try portobello mushroom wellingtons instead of regular beef wellingtons for a lighter (and easier to perfect) version of the classic. Pair with a glass of easy-drinking vegan red, like our Fontanario de Pegoes ‘Palmela’ Tinto (Portugal, £8.95).
- Perfect your Christmas Cheeseboard. Stilton, brie, comte and gruyere are festive cheeseboard staples, but you can easily elevate your board by having a homemade fig & walnut slice instead of the usual crackers. Alternatively, why not try a special chutney or jam? We love Mary Berry’s Christmas chutney recipe! Accompany with a bottle of Babylonstoren Chardonnay Limited Release (South Africa, £19.50) if you prefer white or Budureasca Premium Feteasca Neagra if you’re a red person (Romania, £11.95).
- Bake a gingerbread cake: we like ours topped with orange mascarpone cream and a glass of Tokajicum Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos (Hungary, £21.95).