Blogmas Day 24: Homemade Sausage Rolls and the Last Day of Blogmas!

Oh my goodness, we’ve made it. It’s Christmas Eve and Blogmas is nearly over! I don’t know how to feel about that, but I’m not giving myself any time to think about it yet because last minute Christmas preparations are well and truly underway and I feel like I’m already about 6 hours behind on what I’d planned to do!

Fuelled by almond croissants and homemade sausage rolls, I have been essay writing, preparing vegetables for tomorrow, and I need to do some tidying as well. I’m hoping to get a few more Christmas films in this evening, and of course, start eating my body weight in chocolate! That’s what Christmas is for, right?

But the highlight of my day so far has been these homemade sausage rolls. My grandma definitely makes the best sausage rolls, but hopefully mine come up as a close (ish) second. They were so easy to make, particularly because the pastry and sausagemeat came ready made. I just rolled out the puff pastry, spread some onion chutney on the bottom, put the sausagemeat (which came with almonds and apricots in) on one half of the pastry and used the other half to seal it all up. I brushed it with some beaten egg, and put it in the oven for 20 minutes. Ta da! The perfect Christmas treat.

I had to get this last festive picture in!

It feels strange to say, but that’s it for today and for my Blogmas- I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas Eve and I hope you have the most amazing Christmas Day and New Year- I can’t wait to see you again in 2019!

Thank you so much for reading!

Speak to you soon,

Anna

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,

Anna

Blogmas Day 7: Christmas Chutney

Blogmas Day 7: Christmas Chutney

Christmas is all about the build up, and doing all those little things throughout December that make you feel festive and happy. For me, making chutney is something that a) makes me feel like a domestic goddess, and b) is something that you wouldn’t think people would really appreciate, but they do.

This is the second or third time I’ve followed the recipe for Mary Berry’s Christmas chutney, and firstly, it’s really tasty, and secondly, it always goes down a treat with my family. It’s a tomato chutney, with red and green peppers, aubergine, onion and spices.

The main part of making this chutney is chopping everything- oh my, by the end of chopping all the peppers, tomatoes, aubergine and onions, your hand feels broken. After that, it’s pretty much plain sailing, so the main bulk of my advice is about how to survive the endurance test that is doing all that chopping.

Tip #1: blast some festive music on to keep you chopping at a decent rhythm, it’ll go much faster, I promise.

Tip #2: treat yourself to a festive beverage whilst you chop, so that you have something good to aim for behind the Mount Everest of vegetables on your chopping board.

Tip #3: schedule yourself a break halfway through, to take a glug of your chosen festive beverage and motivate yourself to do the other half!

Tips aside though, once this chutney is made and has had a few days for the flavour to mature, it is delicious. So if you have family coming over, or if you fancy a mid-week treat, bring out your jars of totally homemade Christmas chutney, get yourself some cheese and biscuits, generously dollop some of this on top and enjoy.

I definitely recommend this recipe- it goes without saying, but Mary Berry is the queen of everything!

See you tomorrow,

Anna