A few weeks before Christmas, I received an email from Currys asking me if they can publish our Homemade Chocolate Honeycomb recipe in their Christmas cookbook. As it was a competition recipe I checked T&C very carefully and once I was sure I still have all my rights to it I said “Yes, please!”
Ok, so maybe being published in a free online small cookbook is not a huge deal but it is a first for us and we are very proud because of it! The Currys Christmas Cookbook contains eight lovely recipes:
Spicy Stained Glass Biscuits, by Bethany Spicer from Dorset
White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake, by Cheong Yin Lum Esther from Guildford
Perfect Cinnamon Buns, by Elaine Lo from London
Yule Log, by Karen Jay from Rotherham
Homemade Chocolate Honeycomb <—– this is our recipe 🙂
Christingle Ice Cream – a new creation by Lisa from unitedcakedom.com
Advocaat & Mincemeat Ice Cream – a new creation by Adrian York from the-hedonist.com
Apple & Cinnamon Frozen Yoghurt – a new creation by Dannii from hungryhealthyhappy.com
Even though this is allegedly a Christmas cookbook, all of these recipes can be used for many other occasions – New Year’s celebration, which is just around the corner, is one of them.
These are my top picks from the book:
If you fancy any of these recipes or would like check the rest of them out, you can download a free copy of the Currys Christmas Cookbook here.
And not to worry, only 361 days to Christmas again!
Less than a week to go! That is all and then Christmas Day will be here!… and with it hopefully comes tons of gifts, festive foods and an abundance of love.
Most of us struggle every year with the choice of gift for our loved ones. Some of us have it easier than others but we all face the same problem –
what to buy?
where to buy it from?
how to pay for it?
There is a lot of gift guides out there and they can really help us with our selection or if nothing else inspire ideas and options you may not have thought about before. This year Mark and I have decided that we will drop personal gifts on account of getting something bigger for the house that all of us can enjoy. Our choice wasn’t easy as we want a lot – TV for the kids room, so we don’t have to spend hours starring at kiddie movies, new oven for the kitchen as the existing one is falling to pieces, so cooking can be a pleasure again, new coffee machine which will allow us to enjoy a perfect cup of coffee every morning, tablet, as everyone seems to have one except us… and the list can go on and on… But as we are not millionaires and funds are limited at present, we had to narrow it down to a few things, things which we will make the most use of or something we really need opposed to wanting. We cut our loooong list down to 3 main items; we need to get for ourselves.
So here it is – My Dream Wish List for Christmas 2013 (in no particular order)
Currently we have a work PC and an old XP based laptop. We have no tablet (I wish we had, don’t know why but I am sure I need one) and sometimes we struggle. Too often, too many household members want or need to do something on the net. With me occupying the main PC almost 24/7 (work, you know :-)) there is only 1 laptop to go around. In light of this we really need a new one. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite looks perfect. It ticks all the boxes of what we were looking for.
As you all know Mark cooks and bakes a lot. We have a mixer but it is 10 years old now and it simply cannot handle what Mark wants it to do, “Not fit for purpose” he mumbles a lot. You might think that this choice will be more a gift for Mark, but … not really. If he doesn’t bake lovely bread, delicious cookies, make us donuts, cakes, cheesecakes or any of the other yummy stuff we will have nothing nice to eat… so you see, it is in the best interest for all of us to get Mark a new mixer, he’s happy and therefore we are happy. We did a lot of research and the KitchenAid seems to be the one to get, Mark is forever pointing them out on the TV on cook shows. We are going for a red one, so it can match our other kitchen accessories like the kettle, toaster and microwave oven.
Yes, you might think this is just an extravagance to want a PS4 when we have PS3 and for example need a new oven but… we are cave people… so we really need it. A lot of our entertainment is home based. We have all consoles out there (except for new PS4 and Xbox One), gaming PC and 100s of DVD – this is the way we spend our free time. We don’t do “going out” so often. We invest in our home entertainment and a PS4 seems to be next logical step.
So here you go… this is what we want to find under Christmas tree this year.
What about you?
What is on top of your Christmas Wish List?
This post is my entry into Currys PC World Blogger Gift Guide Challenge #bloggergiftguide. If you wish to take part please hurry as it ends on Friday 20 December 2013 at 11:59pm.