“Christmas Recipes & Crafts” from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas.
Christmas is a truly magical time of the year. There’s the crisp, cool bite of winter, the smell of pine needles, twinkling lights and, if you are lucky, even a few jingle bells jingling, too. And that’s just outside. Inside cosy homes everywhere, the smell of fresh baked mince pies and biscuits mingle with the scent of the freshly cut Christmas tree… this is the beginning to the introduction… isn’t it a wonderful way to put you in the festive spirit?
The cookbook is stuffed with everything you might need for a perfect Christmas feast. Starting with the morning meal like rich orange crepes or pain au chocolate cinnamon rolls, via starters, main meal, sides and sauces and of course a selection of desserts and baked goodies; there is even a chapter on Christmas drinks like eggnog, mulled wine or a hot brandy chocolate. And if you don’t fancy a rummage through the entire cookbook, simply open up to the Christmas favourites section where you will find 14 recipes which will keep you, your family and friends well fed through the entire day.
Each and every recipe is clearly presented, providing you with an estimated cook time, number of servings and of course the ever essential ingredients list and method; and you can see the final dish just to give you a rough idea what to aim for.
The last chapter of the book features crafts; there are 10 projects to pick from and they vary from stockings, snowflake cards to a Christmas wreath. There are even templates, which you can use to make your crafting project easier.
The book itself is beautiful. The pages are smooth and shiny and they feel very luxurious. Each recipe has a clear pictures and the food photography is lovely, it really makes you want to recreate it and devour as soon as it is ready.
I know that most of us like to stick to the old favourites when it comes to Christmas but if you are open to something new or in need of some festive inspiration, I can truly recommend this book.
Do you like to experiment and try new dishes this festive season?
Christmas Recipes & Crafts
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2015
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 224
*I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.
**All pictures in this post are from “Christmas Recipes & Crafts” cookbook.
This festive season most household will have (or already have) a lovely fresh Christmas wreath hanging on the door. We can go and simply buy one or we can make a craft project and create one ourselves.
The process isn’t as complicated as one might think. All you need is:
- Wreath frame
- And of course green bits 😉
- And some tools for cutting
Step one: attach your wire into a frame – this will keep all the greens in place.
Pick a bunch of greeneries and start attaching them to the frame… with your wire.
Continue fitting until the frame is nicely covered.
Once this is done you have your base now all that is left to do is to decorate it.
Make a nice bow and place it to on the top or bottom to define a direction of your wreath.
Add cones to make it look more attractive.
If you fancy more colour, you can add berries or colourful ribbons.
Remember it is your creation so it can look however you want it to look!
To make my vague instructions more clear watch the video below to see how it is done from the beginning to the very end 🙂
Have you ever attempted to make your own Christmas wreath?
* All pictures in this post were taken by my friend Agnieszka