Archive | December, 2012


16 Dec

Christmas tree

Apart from summer holidays and birthdays, Christmas is most definitely my favourite time of year. So much so that even at 25 years of age, I still purposefully walk home via different routes to look at (and admittedly judge) everyone’s Christmas trees in their windows – and just for the record, number 54 is definitely a current front runner while number 23 needs to sort out their tree light distribution.

It’s cold outside so hearty meals are the order of the day. Tonight was the turn of the fail-safe chilli con carne, given an extra twist with roasted peppers, tomatoes and garlic on the side – and yes, that’s right, you can see a quaint advent candle in the photo (told you I love Christmas, although it’s not easy keeping up with days, never known such a slow burner):

Chilli con carne

We’d had friends round for a Christmas jumper themed dinner the Friday before so had a bottle of Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon ( left over from the evening which went very nicely with the chilli. It’s not the most complex of wines but with notes of coffee, chocolate and blackcurrant it’s certainly a winter warmer.

While staying in is one of the best things about this time of year, there’s also nothing nicer than discovering a cosy pub or bar and getting settled by an open fire for a few hours. One of my latest discoveries is The Bingham in Richmond, a Mr and Mrs Smith hotel that’s perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your weekend. The first time I went with the rentals, I had a delicious Champagne cocktail. This weekend I opted for a crisp glass of Vinho Verde from Portugal. Zinging with crisp citrus notes and a fizzy hint of sherbet, I’d thoroughly recommend it for anyone looking for something slightly different to their normal Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.

The Bingham

Finally, and this doesn’t have much relevance to anything apart from the fact it’s Christmassy, but see below for the cute mince pies the boyf made the other week – we quickly learned that they don’t go very well with wine but tasted absolutely delish. Merry Christmas and make sure you enjoy a glass or two of good wine over the festive period!

Mince pies