Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Christmas & a Honey and Mustard Cocktail Sausage Recipe

First up I'd like to wish all of you, my lovely readers a very Happy Christmas and I hope you're having a wonderful time with your family and friends doing something fantastic and enjoying the festive period. I thought I'd just do a quick post this evening to share some pictures of this years edition of the tree we always have at my parents house while it still has all the presents underneath! 
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Our Christmas tree at home has looked the same for as long as I can remember. I know when I was very little we used to have it in the living room, one year it was in the conservatory and one year in the drawing room, but for at least the last six or seven years we have had it in the front hallway with the tip standing up through to the upstairs hallway. My mother and I decorate it together after my Dad helps us   stand it up. It is extra special for me this year, as because I used to go to boarding school it is the first year I actually helped choose it in nine years. All of our ornaments are either bells, clear glass baubles, Victorian toys or golden birds. 

Secondly, as a little Christmas present from me to you I thought I'd share the recipe for Honey and Mustard glazed cocktail sausages. I made them for my parents and I this evening, but I think that they'd be perfect for New Years Eve! Sorry that some of the colours are off in some of the photos, but my usual editing software is on my Mac Book which is unfortunately still at the repair shop!
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I got the idea for these from the similar sausages we were served at the Matalan S/S12 press day.
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You can use any cocktail sausages, my mother happened to pick these up in Marks & Spencers the other day.
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Cook the sausages as per pack instructions.
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While they are cooking , you'll need to make your marinade. It could not be simpler, you just need equal parts wholegrain mustard and runny honey.  I used 2tbsp of each.
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Mixed together, and once the sausages are cooked add them to the dish and coat them in the mixture. Return to the oven,  and five minutes later take out and spoon some of the mixture over the sausages. 

Remove from the oven, drain the excess marinate into a pot to use as a dip, and  skewer the sausages with a cocktail stick. Serve with champagne or mulled wine.
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I thought I'd leave you with a couple more tree photos as I can't get over how beautiful it looks, even though it has looked the same for as long as I can remember! This is how it looks from near the top of the staircase, looking down.
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I hope you all have an amazing day tomorrow, and if you have a moment, I'd love to hear about some of your Christmas traditions! Every year I sit on my parents bed and open my stocking, then my Dad does his then my Mum does hers. We have a champagne breakfast, start preparing Christmas lunch, open presents, call the rest of the family, eat then settle down in front of the TV for the rest of the day! 

16 comments:

  1. You tree looks great! Have a wonderful Christmas at home!

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  2. Your Christmas tree looks gorgeous! It reminds me of my aunties actually, beautiful!

    Merry Christmas xxx

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  3. Have a fantastic Christmas, Rachel!

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  4. Happy Happy holiday!

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  5. Your tree is SO beautiful! Thsoe sausages look really nice as well.
    Merry Christmas!

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  6. YUM!!
    Your Christmas tree is stunning!!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! xx

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  7. love it! Merry Christmas!

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  8. Merry Christmas Rachel, sounds like you're having a wonderful holiday!

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  9. Hmm! That recipe sounds delicious :)

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  10. Those little sausages look so good!

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  11. great christmas tree! :)

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  12. Lauren Glossary28 December 2011 14:32

    Ok CRAVING sausages now - yum!!! Merry merry sweet Rachel. Hope you've had a fab festive break! x

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  13. Ooh, your recipe looks lovely, I might try it out on NYE if I'm entertaining :)
    Your tree looks absolutely divine, so nice that you got to help choose it for the first time, too - and all your Christmas traditions sound lovely, too! We only really have one Christmas tradition, and that's that, after the presents have been unwrapped, we have Buck's Fizz and I make my mother scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and ciabatta rolls, to give her a rest before the day's cooking xx

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  14. I would love a big bowl of these right now! xx

    The Londoner

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