As you know, food plays a big role in my Christmas preparations. I like planning Christmas dinner to the last detail and I even look forward to spending hours in the kitchen on Christmas day which, I realise, might sound weird to people. I just find it a good way to relax and have time to myself whilst the madness is happening on the other side of the kitchen door.
The same goes for the weeks in the run-up to the big day. Shopping for ingredients is usually the less pleasurable part (unless I can actually get to a nice food market) but when I get into my kitchen, pour myself a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, put some music on and start chopping, whipping, rolling, baking and cooking, I'm happy.
I also like giving good gifts. I have gifted quince cheeses and cranberry sauce, marshmallows and biscuits, cupcakes, macarons, calissons and fragranced oils and have enjoyed doing so. I hope that little gifts like this are appreciated and that the recipient will enjoy eating them as much as I enjoy making them.