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)!
‘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).
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).