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).
‘Upcycle’ your leftovers. Last night’s roasties and cabbage? Why not turning them into a fancy brunch of bubble and squeak with a side of sliced avocado, topped with a squeeze of lemon and and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Pair with a glass (or two) of English fizz. We always love Cottonworth Classic Cuvée NV (Hampshire, England, £29.95).
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