Our culinary top ten to get you ahead this Christmas

Quince pasteOctober is the perfect month to get ahead of the game in the kitchen, leaving December free to enjoy the countdown to Christmas.

Whether you’re making to gift, or just for your own larder, now is the time to take advantage of nature’s bounty, to forage for ingredients and get picking, cooking, pickling and preserving ready for the silly season. We’ve done the legwork for you and brought together a combination of our favourite Fosters recipes, plus the best that the net has to offer, in this get-ahead guide:

These are our top ten culinary tips to get you ahead of the game this Christmas

  1. Damson Jelly – a great accompaniment to roast meats – harvest late September / early October – BBC Good Food have a great recipe
    1. Quince ‘Cheese’ – divine with manchego and other hard cheeses, especially those made with sheep’s (ewes) milk – harvest the quince, once ripe, throughout October – we like Simply Food’s recipe
  2. Sloe Gin – once ripe,  pick sloes after the first frost (usually sometime in October) or freeze them instead – find out how we make it
  3. Christmas Pudding – This Christmas Pudding recipe is a family favourite and the best we’ve tasted
  4. Christmas Cake – Our rich fruit cake recipe keeps for months
  5. Braised Red Cabbage – freezing actually improves the flavour of this seasonal classic – BBC Good Food’s recipe is perfect
  6. Creamed Sprouts – our chef Paul has created what is probably the best Brussel sprout recipe you’ll ever taste and it freezes so you can make it just as soon as sprouts are in season
  7. Make ahead Mince Pies – homemade mince pies that can be frozen in the trays and either defrosted and then cooked or cooked from frozen – we love this recipe from BBC Good Food
  8. Brandy Butter –  this recipe from BBC Good Food uses normal Brandy but we love to use local Somerset Cider Brandy in ours
  9. Organise your Christmas party – if you’re planning a party at home or work then now is the time to book it! From canapes with colleagues to a Christmas in Lapland themed party make us your first callLapland Image 2


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