Roasted Chestnuts – Iconic London Christmas Staple

chestnuts roasting

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos……. Ahh… this 1945 classic by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé is the most sung Christmas song and the most famous recording is by Nat King Cole. The song is full of sentimental imagery and chestnuts Read More …

Nargisi Kabab – Original Indian Version of Scotch Eggs For Holiday Appetizers

scotch egg

The Scotch Egg, originally called Nargisi Kabab or Kofta goes back hundreds of years to the Mogul Empire of India. Although the London department store, Fortnum & Mason, claims to have invented Scotch eggs in 1738, clearly the inspiration came from the Mughlai dish Nargisi Kabab, which the British must have encountered as they claimed British Raj upon India. Furthermore, Read More …

Smoked Salmon Filled Yorkshire Pudding for Christmas

Yorkshire Puddingwith Salmon

This week we have been doing a lot of Hanukkah celebration ideas, however, today it’s time to get back to how the Brits party during the holidays, particularly Christmas.  I think todays little party starter appetizer is a great selection because it involves salmon which also plays into the Hanukkah festivities.  Besides salmon being a Jewish favorite, particularly the salmon lox Read More …

Individual Picadillo Shepherd’s Pie Great For Holiday Parties

Beef Picadillo Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is a homely and one of the coziest comfort foods on a wintry night. I think that is why it translates well into holiday time food. Served to school children in dormitories and to the wealthy in restaurants, such as The Ivy it appeals to all tastes. Shepherd’s Pie is originally known as Cottage Pie and was termed Read More …

It’s a Wonderful Life & Mulled Wine for A Fork & A Flick Friday

mulled wine

For the final A Fork & A Flick Friday this year. I have selected It’s a Wonderful Life. What else could I have selected to cuddle up to on a cold winter Friday night in December? It’s an all-time classic that is to this day aired in movie theaters during the holidays. The 1946 Frank Capra film was nominated for Read More …

Hazelnut Chocolate Banana Yorkshire Pudding for Your Holiday Party

Christmas Yorkshire Pudding Dessert

Yesterday, I was watching Lee Ann Rimes on The Today Show singing her new Christmas song. It’s quite uplifting and really puts you in the Christmas mood. The holiday season has kicked off and there is someone throwing a holiday party almost every weekend from now until New Year’s. Then there are the corporate events in the middle of the Read More …

Holiday Parties & Fireball Cinnamon Infused Whiskey

whiskey

Let’s Party Like the Brits I’m devoting the rest of this year to holiday food, but more so to holiday party food. When I was thinking a repertoire of recipes to feature for the final month of this year, it seems that every dish that appealed to me just happened to originate from the United Kingdom. We all tend to regress back Read More …