Nowadays they are small, round and can be served hot or cold with a dollop of cream or brandy butter. With not long to go until the big day, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to test a huge variety of brands from the popular London bakery Konditor and Cook to supermarkets like Aldi, Asda and Sainsbury’s. With plenty of flavour and a good ratio of filling to pastry, Konditor and Cook’s mince pies were a total hit with our testers.
Christmas is a time for celebrating, and enjoying food with friends and family remains one of the best ways to do so. As any turophile, or cheese lover, will attest, cheese is a good idea any time of year, but all good festive feasts call for a cheese board. For many people, Christmas has long been the ultimate occasion for over-indulging.
Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found six in 10 have at some point messed up the main Christmas meal. Over-cooking the carrots, burning the treasured pigs in blankets and ending up with soggy roast potatoes also featured in the top 20 list. It was revealed the average person will cater for around five people at Christmas time and four in 10 admitted they are worse at cooking if there are additional people watching them.
Australian dietitian and influencer Ellie Bullen, 25, who regularly shares plant-based recipes on her blog Elsa's Wholesome Life, recently posted a YouTube tutorial of how to make a "vegan fried egg," and it looked so like the real thing, it sent her followers into a bit of a frenzy. Bullen, who has 680,000 Instagram followers and is the twin of travel blogger Lauren @gypsealust, says in the video that she's been experimenting with the recipe for a few weeks, and now feels she has perfected it.
If you’ve been invited to spend time with friends or family over Christmas and New Year, you’ll be the most welcome guest to the party if you turn up not just with chocolate, but with the most indulgent, luxurious, festive chocolates on offer. For quality of chocolate, variety of choice and flavours, eye-catching presentation and sheer indulgent joy, Hotel Chocolat is the pick of the bunch. A lavish array of delicious chocolates is presented in a luxurious 2-tiered box with a sliding compartment – a definite reusable option once the chocolates are gone.
Can you remember how it felt the first few times you saw a Christmas tree put up in your living room? The most traditional in these parts is the Norway spruce, the first tree popularly used as a Christmas tree in the UK. The oldest living member of the species is a tree in Sweden called Old Tjikko, whose 9,560-year-old root system far predates Christmas, Christianity and the Coca-Cola truck.
Aldi has been upping the ante with low-priced luxury for the past year and this impressive bubbly is a fine example. A crowd pleaser, the Prosecco Superiore DOCG offers a fruity aroma with lots of delicate floral notes. This stylish bottle holds a crisp, delicate prosecco which is a lively blend of citrus fruit flavours combined with floral notes.
From sourdough bread to sauerkraut and kimchi, fermented food is one of the hottest health trends right now. Foodies and health-conscious people alike are becoming increasing aware of the role of our gut microbes – collectively known as our microbiome – in improving not only our digestive health but our overall wellbeing, including mental health. "The slow fermentation process involved preparing foods like sauerkraut and kimchi (usually raw cabbage or other vegetables, with salt and spices), and miso, allows time for a diverse population of healthy bacteria and enzymes to be produced," explains Abbas Kanani, pharmacist at Chemist Click.