Ready, set, it's time to start thinking Christmas and we are easing ourselves in gently with edible gifts. We need to have these to hand early because we do tend to think it's the end of the world more than just the end of the year - every person in our lives, from the hairdresser to the rubbish collectors, teachers, neighbours, veterinarian ... require a little thank you for all they have done. It is extra special to gift something handmade and these Christmas fruitballs, savoury oat biscuits and gooey milk caramel chocolate slice mean you can give yourself a well-deserved Santa snack or two along the way too.
Allyson Gofton will be spending Christmas in Caixon, a small village in France's Hautes-Pyrenees, where she is living the dream (for the second time) with her family. Allyson will be sharing tales of daily life, including amazing recipes such as this garlicky chicken dish, with us each week until she returns. You can read more about Allyson here.
Warren completes his abundant picnic with recipes for chilled asparagus soup, spring sangria, pickled mussels and candied nut clusters. If you missed last week's recipes you will find the whole set here. You will also find Christmas recipe collections for everything from breakfast to snacks, lunch, dinner, desserts, baking, cocktails, hams, turkeys and more - because we do understand that many of you are ready to dip more than just your toes in to all that is festive feasting.