Weekly Love: Week 163

Welcome to my final ‘Weekly Love’ of 2015. I’m not going to ramble on too much about the year that has past just yet (I’ve got my usual bumper round up of the year post coming up that I’ve been putting together for January 1st), so really I think that all that remains at this point is to wish you all, wherever you are a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy tomorrow, be sure to eat way too much stuffing and turkey, and to have a wonderful time with the people you love. I’ll see you all for some New Years ideas next week. 

Weekly Love 24.12.15[1]

1. A My Name Is Yeh inspired Israeli Savoury Breakfast Salad, with a side of the Times’ Dish magazine. 2. Finally getting the Christmas tree up – our hallway is now super festive, and full of copper paper wrapped presents! | 3. I had excellent fun helping to judge the first ever Canterbury Christmas Window competition – here is one of my favourite windows in the City, our Gold Award winner Queen Bee Home. | 4. Twinkly Christmas lights down Burgate in Canterbury. | 5. Recovering from the madness that is Christmas shopping two days before the big day with a family lunch at Little Joe’s Deli. | 6. Knarly local carrots on Canterbury High Street.

Weekly Love 24.12.15[2]

7. Putting some last minute festive touches to the front hallway with lanterns from The White Company, walnuts, cinnamon sticks, clove studded oranges and gold wrapped Lindt reindeer. | 8. Testing my Gingerbread & Pomegranate Dutch Baby Pancake. | 9. Crisp Winter walks along the Thames past the House of Commons between meetings. | 10. Baking Nigella’s Bouche de Noel from Feast for the first time. Love the sponge, but I want to play around with the rest a bit next year! | 11. Gingerbread Creme Brulee and Chocolate Mousse Brownies with Salted Caramel Ice Cream to polish off our traditional pre-Christmas pub lunch, this year at my favourite pub discovery of 2015, The Compasses Inn at Crundale. | 12. Curling up with my current read, the fascinating and engaging Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking with a steaming mug of spiced apple tea and my December essential: The White Company’s ‘Winter’ candle.

What have you been enjoying over this festive period? I’m in the office today, but I’m hoping to make it home in time to enjoy a roast duck with my parents for dinner tonight, plenty of fizz and my Christmas tradition of watching Love Actually every Christmas Eve. Then it is time to put the stockings at the end of everyones beds ready for morning!