Festive food and drinks you need to know about this winter

At the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season, planning the food can be challenging and stressful. We can all relate to the pressures of being the designated chef for the year.

The sparkling lights, quality time with family and presents always make it a memorable occasion. To not ruin this magic with timing of the roast potatoes or making sure the turkey is cooked just right, we have listed some delicious but practical recipes you can try. These will help ease the strain and really impress your hungry guests.    

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Turkey, cranberry and brie rolls

‘Tis the season for festive party food and this year why not make an old classic with a new twist? These rolls are an unexpected replacement for a traditional sausage roll to wow your guests. They are so easy to make and we guarantee these will be staple finger food for years to come!

Cranberry is a companion made for turkey - a timeless must-have of the holiday season.  Combined with brie, these rolls practically represent winter food! You can even swap with gluten-free puff pastry instead and leave out the brie for those who are lactose intolerant.

To find out more about how to make these rolls of happiness check out: https://www.myfussyeater.com/turkey-cranberry-brie-rolls/

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Vegan pigs in blankets

We can already imagine the mini taste explosions reflected in the guests’ faces when they taste this alternative classic dish. These meat and dairy free pigs in blankets are not only perfect for your vegetarian and vegan guests but they are also gluten free.

All you do is blend the health and delicious ingredients with the help of a processor, then wrap in sun dried tomatoes before cooking them in the oven. This recipe is so versatile, giving you the flexibility to switch up some of the ingredients, vary the spices to your taste and even swap with vegetarian sausages if you want to save time.

View the recipe for these delicious delights: http://natalietamara.co.uk/2014/12/21/vegan-pigs-in-blankets/

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Glogg: Swedish mulled wine

This one is from our Scandinavian friends, who gift us with a lovely take on mulled wine. As if their Hygge lifestyle and modern design elements were not enough of a contribution to our society… Even the scents that grace your nostrils when preparing this delicious concoction screams festivities.

With a red wine base, this drink will warm the hearts and hands and tickle the taste buds. The spices and the nuts make this a flavoursome affair so always remind guests to drink responsibly, especially when the drink in question is this delicious.

Here is how you can prepare this winter warmer: http://supperinthesuburbs.com/2016/12/11/glogg/

Which of these recipes will you be trying this year? If you have more exciting things in mind, comment below to let us know.