Once I started buying Nigella Lawson cookbooks, I suddenly started to love Christmas. It's something about British Christmas traditions, mixed with her ability to make everything seem so freaking easy, that turned me on to the cold winter holiday.
I had been to London in late October, and already Harrods was stringing red bows along the corridors, and filling the shelves with Christmas pudding. I'll tell you, the Brits know how to do Christmas properly. So, why bother re-inventing the wheel, when Nigella tells me exactly how to create the most amazing christmas ever.
Last year, I scoured my city for Advocaat, to make her Holiday Hot Cake with Eggnog Cream. And it was freaking amazing. A great substitute for christmas pudding, which hardly anyone in my family enjoys, with the exception of my mother.
So this year, I am going hardcore. Our family has had some recent shake-ups this year, and so it's a time for some new traditions. I picked up the new Nigella Christmas book and have already flagged a half dozen recipes that are a must-do. The Chocolate Christmas Pudding will be happening for sure. Although if my mother knew there was a trifle recipe in there, I'm sure she would demand that we have it instead.
I'm also going to attempt to brine my turkey. I've never done it before, but I've heard from many sources, it's the optimal way to go. So - here's hoping.
So if you are like me, and want to start on christmas planning early - pick up the book and get going! I swear you will start to love Christmas a whole lot more! However, my next Nigella request, should she be listening, is to write some good christmas cookies recipes. This book has a slight shortage, and I was really hoping for some good ones!
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