Blogmas Day 9: My Festive Food Prep So Far

I like to think of myself as an organised person, because if I don’t stay organised, I get flustered. So you can only imagine the length of my December To Do list- so far it’s two pages long, and it’s growing every day! I do love a list, particularly if I can draw some holly and ivy in the corner of the page to make it less intimidating.

One of the things I want to try this year is cooking Christmas dinner, so near the top of my To Do list is to research Christmassy recipes on Pinterest, so that I can then plan my grocery shopping list way in advance.

Luckily, I have already squirrelled away some festive provisions which have been made and packaged up for me by my grandparents, as well as my jars of homemade chutney (scroll down to see Blogmas Day 7!) which makes the organised part of me very happy!

So, today I thought I’d take you through my box of festive food preparations so far:

  • Homemade Christmas puddings- every year we make proper, traditional Christmas puddings- the boozier, the better. This year they were generously fed with brandy, and you also have to make a wish when you stir the batter for good luck, which is my main job in the process every year!
  • Homemade chutney- this is the latest addition to the box, and my contribution!
  • Pickled eggs & onions- I have to admit, I’ve always been unsure about pickled things, but I’m intrigued to try these properly. They always look really good on a cheeseboard, and I think it will be lovely to have these with cheese, my chutney and some flavoured crackers on Boxing Day.
  • Blackberry jam- this is my Grandma’s homemade jam. It’s really lovely because it’s not too sweet, and I think it would go perfectly in a wintery Victoria Sponge- that’s what I’m planning on using some of it for. Of course, that and just having it on a hot piece of toast in the morning, or straight out the jar with a spoon…

It will be a miracle if all of these jars remain untouched before Christmas, but at least this post is proof that at one point in time, they were all pristine and unopened!

I’d love to know if you’ve started pre-making anything in advance for Christmas, so let me know in the comments if you’ve got anything stored away!

See you tomorrow,


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