My favourite part of Christmas in Manchester, is mulled wine at the Christmas Markets.


But, it should be a very cold day, and ideally you should be able to move around, which we weren’t able to do on a Friday night, it was so busy!

Between Tim and I, we received more chocolate than ever before!  But the best of all, were the hand-made chocolates made by niece Victoria (or at least from the chocolate producer she is working for this holiday), Paul A Young.  They were simply exquisite!

My Christmas present from Tim was this beautiful stackable jewellery box.  I just love it.


Christmas also produced a bumper crop of Cook Books.  We received:

  • Jerusalem, by Yotam Otolenghi and Sami Tamini.  At first I thought:  Israeli food, won’t that be boring?  But I am converted.  2 recipes made thus far have been great.  Doing another two today.
  • The Great British Bake Off.  I am not a great baker.  Probably, because I don’t have a huge sweet tooth.  However, I am very keen to make some Chelsea Buns and a good few other things!
  • The Wembley Cookbook was developed by my sister’s sister-in-law, Jilly Hull for the school, Wembley College.  It’s an easy, day-to-day recipe book.  A few South African ingredients will be a challenge to source, but not impossible

  • Hugh’s Three Good Things seems to make great food look easy!  We tried something from there last night – and it was just that:  easy, simple and something unusual.