I believe that Christmas is the main time of the year where memories are made and traditions are formed. This is one of the many reasons I love it.
Being the eldest of 7 children always meant that the run-up to the big day was a massive deal in our house. My Mum worked extremely hard to find presents for us all and my father worked extremely hard to earn the money to get them!
I spent last year with my family and this year, once again, we are with Ross’ parents. It is interesting to see how they both differ in their approach but how they are the same in so many ways.
When we were children we would open our presents in the morning. They would all be set out in piles in our front room and as we entered, our eyes would be popping out of our head. That tradition seems to have changed over the years and now my family choose to eat first and do presents in the afternoon. Ross’ family open first and eat later! My tradition in that sense remains intact.
I think that the thing that is probably legendary for both me, and my brothers and sisters, is my mum’s bread sauce. This – and still is – probably my favourite part of Christmas dinner. My mum always makes enough of it to last right through Boxing Day and beyond and you will find most of my family the leftover roast potatoes and pigs in blankets into the bread sauce for a couple of days to come!
Of course, I don’t want Grace to miss out on this so over the weekend I decided to make bread sauce using my mum’s recipe and, like the rest of us, she is now officially hooked!
It is a really easy thing to make too. All you need is 2 pieces of bread (one way to use up the crusts in our house) made into bread crumbs using a blender, 1 pint of milk, a knob of butter, 1 onion finely chopped, 1 clove of garlic finely chopped, 1 tablespoon of reduced salt Swiss Vegetable Bouillon powder and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Put the onion and garlic into a saucepan and brown, then add the milk and butter and bring to the boil. Add the bouillon powder and then gradually stir in the bread crumbs to form a thick sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes. Finally sprinkle with nutmeg, stir and serve.
Further Christmas traditions have been formed over the years and this now include the battle for the best Christmas advert! During the X Factor commercials, Ross, Grace and I sit and watch and judge which one is our favourite.
One of my favourites has to be the Littlewoods Christmas advert featuring their brand ambassador Mylene Klass. She plays the piano and the song is a version of one of my favourites from One Republic.
To me, this is one of the most Christmassy adverts this year.
I am taking part in the Littlewoods #MakeTheirChristmas campaign and, with that in mind, I have taken a look at the Littlewoods Christmas range to find two items which would make my mum’s life easier over the Christmas period whilst she is cooking for all those people.
From espresso to cappuccino to skinny latte machiato and indulgent chococino, this Dolce Gusto Jovia will mean that making the after dinner drinks will be much easier. There’s a great range of capsules to pick from which means no mess and no fuss. The thermoblock heating system is ready to use in just 30 seconds, so there’s no waiting around. It also maintains a steady temperature to ensure fresh, tasty drinks in double quick time.
This Thorntons Chocolate Liquer would certainly help. She can either pour it over ice and keep it to herself or she can share it in the or pour it over the dessert!
I think she would love them! What do you think?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post