December was a good month. I’ve actually been thinking that it was probably one of the best Christmases for a few years. In Oxford we made our own cards and a few handmade gifts, I completed my annual pilgrimage to the Winchester Christmas Market, I had a lovely (busy) festive time at work, I got some lovely presents from lovely people, and I ate A LOT of food.
This is the 4th year now that I’ve made fudge at Christmas. It started when I was still at uni, when about 15 of us got together for a big Christmas meal. Most of us lived on the same street, so we divided the cooking duties between our 3 kitchens, and then carried the food (and extra tables and chairs) down the road to the biggest house. My housemate and I made chocolate fudge, wrapped it up into little parcels, and we used them as place settings for the meal.
Since then Christmas hasn’t felt like Christmas until I’ve made fudge. This year I’ve ended up making more than usual – the initial 2 batches I made for gifts, and a third for the people I work with (they all went absolutely crazy for the surplus bits I took them from the original batches). I stuck to a basic vanilla fudge recipe this year, and from there made Rum & Raisin, and Cranberry & Walnut.
This Christmas, Graham and I made recipe books for our friends and families. We included the recipes for 12 of our favourite cakes and sweet treats, alongside original photographs. In the process, I learnt to use Adobe InDesign (on a pretty basic level).
We worked together to pick recipes, and decide on fonts, layouts and images. We spent a long time thinking about binding. So long, in fact, that we nearly ran out time to actually bind them – we ended up settling for a simple solution, and used white ribbon.