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Stollen Cookies

Stollen Cookies

If you’re a follower of my Instagram stories (quick plug, they’re great, get ’em by following me on Instagram) then you’ll know that I’ve spent much of November wandering around supermarkets to ogle at their Christmas food. I love that about this time of year, there’s just so much to look at. I like to imagine that there are special festive food task forces that sit around in meetings all year round thinking this stuff up (for the record, I think that would probably be my dream job). In the Morrison’s bakery section this year you’ll find a packet of five stollen cookies for just under a quid. Tom bought them for me, I ate them all, they were excellent. So excellent, in fact, that I decided they needed to happen in my kitchen. Stollen has always been present at the Christmas dinner table in my family. It’s the disgustingly stodgy, cream soaked dessert that makes absolutely no sense to eat after an enormous dinner but we go ahead and do it anyway. I never …

Vegan Christmas Sandwich

When I told the boys at the office that I was working on a vegan Christmas sandwich recipe, they all took the piss. Mercilessly. I don’t know what it is about the word ‘vegan’ that drives some people to immediate outrage. People have no chill. As regular readers know, I’m not vegan myself but do take part in Veganuary every year and have the utmost respect for those that choose a vegan lifestyle. They’re doing their bit for the planet and for animal welfare and I think that’s a pretty cool way to do life. So it grinds my gears when people take the mickey out of them, and it grinds my gears even more when people suggest that vegan food is shit. It’s really, really not. Vegans eat some of the filthiest, dirtiest, junkiest food there is. It’s entirely possible to make absolutely droolworthy food with just plant based ingredients. I, as an omnivore, wanted to prove this with a pornographic triple decker Christmas sandwich. Just as a two fingers up to anyone who …

DIY Festive Coffee

Morning! As I made clear yesterday, we’re now full steam ahead with the low key Christmas content. I’m not bringing out the tinsel and the glitter yet, we’ll keep the aggressive festivities to December, I have some respect. However, you can bet that all the high street coffee chains are about to launch their syrup-laden Christmas coffees for which you’ll get little change from a fiver and a bigger caffiene/sugar hit than your nerves could possibly handle. So it’s only fair that I should pipe up with an alternative. I also want to throw the spotlight onto a few brands that I’ve been trying and testing over the last couple of months, because it’s been a long while since we’ve done that on the blog and I kind of miss it. First up is CoffeeGator. CoffeeGator was launched by¬† a guy called Phil after he visited Colombia and was inspired by how high the standard of coffee was out there. He’s since made it his mission to help us drink better coffee over here, and …