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Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel


A super simple fruity Christmas wreath cinnamon bagel for the Christmas holidays. Why not include these fruity holiday bagels as part of your 'North Pole Breakfast'? The kids love them!

Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

I do love themed food at this time of year and these fruity Christmas wreath bagels are a healthy but festive way to start the day. Toasted cinnamon bagels spread with cream cheese and topped with green and red jewelled fruit. You could either decorate them yourself or let the kids have a go at decorating them. If cream cheese isn't your thing then raspberry jam would also work well.

North Pole Breakfast Idea's

North Pole breakfasts seem to be all the rage at the moment (I think we're going to have one on Christmas Eve when we send our elves back to Lapland - why did I ever start the elf thing?!), and these fruity bagels would make an ideal centrepiece. You could also make some star shaped toast and sprinkle with edible glitter and snowman shaped pancakes (put a snowman cutter into the frying pan and pour the pancake batter inside). Elf donuts are a good one too - cheerio's dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands!

Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

Top Tips for Making the Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagels

  • If you can't get hold of cinnamon bagels, just use plain bagels.
  • If you're making these for adults why not replace the cream cheese for brandy butter?
  • I've used kiwi, blueberries and pomegranate seeds for these fruity bagels but you could try other fruit and let the kids build their own.
  • Make a savoury version with spinach leaves and smoked salmon.
Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

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related - Festive White Chocolate & Cranberry Tiffin

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Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel
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Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

An easy fruity Christmas wreath bagel recipe with toasted cinnamon bagels, thick cream cheese, topped with chopped kiwi, blueberries and pomegranate seeds. Perfect for a healthy 'North Pole Breakfast'.
prep time: 7 minscook time: 1 minstotal time: 8 mins

ingredients:


  • 4 Cinnamon bagels, sliced in half
  • 8 TBSP Cream Cheese
  • 4 Kiwi Fruit, sliced and chopped into triangles
  • 100g Blueberries
  • 8 TBSP Pomegranate seeds

instructions


  1. Toast the bagels in your toaster then spread with the cream cheese.
  2. Decorate the bagels with the chopped fruit and serve.

NOTES:

Calories are for 1 portion.
calories
225
fat (grams)
5
sat. fat (grams)
2.4
carbs (grams)
31.9
protein (grams)
6.8
sugar (grams)
5.6

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Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

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Slow Cooker Christmas Themed Porridge

This super simple overnight slow cooker porridge requires only a little bit of effort the next morning (and when I say effort I mean cutting up some fruit). This Christmas themed slow cooker porridge would make an ideal 'North Pole Breakfast' on Christmas Eve. My kids love it!

Christmas Porridge

More Christmas Recipes

For more Christmas recipes have a look at my recipe index. If you're looking for a festive sweet treat then why not try my Microwave Mince Pie Fudge?
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Celebrating Christmas with #MyMarksFave

Celebrating Christmas with #MyMarksFave


Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
You can't beat a bit of festive food from Marks and Spencer can you? We've been lucky enough to road test a selection of this year's offerings (I know, a hard job but someone's got to do it) to try and pick an all time favourite and crown it #MyMarksFave. Head over to my Instagram profile and click on Christmas highlights to find out what we thought of individual products, but below is a little preview of some of the yummy things we have been trying.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some crackers, cheese and posh crisps, essential items to any Christmas buffet! The kids loved the colourful tortilla stars (they had no idea they were eating beetroot and spinach) and I made a festive blue cheese dip to dunk them in, which went really well with crisps.

If sweet is your thing though (and it's definitely my kids thing), the raspberry and white chocolate tree's (pictured above) were the perfect festive after school treat, with a glass of cold milk.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
Christmas without mince pies wouldn't be a proper Christmas in my book, and this mini selection was really yummy - the perfect size too (i.e. you can fit the whole thing in your mouth in one go without looking like a pig). My favourite mini pie was the frosted crumble topped one but hubby preferred the brandy cream topped one. I could have quite easily scoffed them all to be honest.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
It was the 'Let it Sloe' cocktail that stole the show for me though and is 100% #MyMarksFave. A gorgeous blend of Sloe Gin, Oranges and Plums and at 20% proof, pretty heady too. I mixed it with some chilled soda water and poured it over ice but I'm going to serve it with some Prosecco on Christmas Day. They also do a Mince Pie flavoured version that I need to get my hands on quick.

The all important advent calendars were a hit here and M&S kindly gave us three so there was no squabbling. The Enchanted Forest Calendar looked really special too...I might treat hubby to a posh one like this next year.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
 ...and finally...

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food

... these amazing Millionaire's Salted Caramel Biscuits were kidnapped by my 11 year old, but for a very good cause. Her school were making up Christmas Shoe Boxes for elderly people in our nearest town and she wanted to give someone this extra special treat. These really are lovely so it was difficult to part with them...but all for a good cause at Christmas. A great little stocking filler for chocolate lovers this one!

Disclosure: I was sent a selection of Christmas products from M&S and was compensated for my posts.
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Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge

Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge


Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge
Where has this Autumn term gone? I can't believe that in a few weekends time we'll be putting up the Christmas tree and decorations. Sorry for the lack of recipes over the last few weeks, but when you're a mum of winter sports loving children this time of year is REALLY busy.

I decided to get creative in the kitchen last week and came up with this recipe for slow cooker Christmas porridge decorated as reindeer and snowmen using fresh fruit and pretzels. The porridge is made in the slow cooker over-night so this is a perfect no hassle breakfast for the kids on Christmas morning. You could even cut the fruit up the night before and leave it in the fridge.

Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE SLOW COOKER PORRIDGE

  • Add a pinch of cinnamon and grated orange zest to give it a festive kick.
  • The recipe can be doubled to feed a crowd. The recipe given feeds 4.
  • Have a go at making different Christmassy designs on top. How about Santa or holly and ivy?

OTHER CHRISTMAS RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE



Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge

SLOW COOKER SNOWMAN AND REINDEER PORRIDGE


Slow Cooker Christmas themed Porridge
Christmas, Slow Cooker
Breakfast
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Reindeer and Snowman Slow Cooker Porridge

Slow cooker Christmas themed porridge with reindeer and snowman designs using fresh fruit and pretzels. Perfect for the kid's breakfast on Christmas morning.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 8 hourtotal time: 8 hours and 10 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 Cup of Whole Oats
  • 4 Cups Milk
  • Fresh Fruit for decorating - kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, banana's and pomegranate seeds. 
  • Salted Pretzels
  • Maple Syrup for drizzling

instructions


  1. Preheat the slow cooker on low.
  2. Before you go to bed put the oats and milk into the slow cooker and give it a stir. Put the lid on and leave overnight.
  3. Chop the fresh fruit (see photo's above for how to decorate),
  4. Spoon the porridge into bowls, decorate as reindeer or snowman and drizzle with maple syrup.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition are for 1 serving.
calories
315
fat (grams)
7
sat. fat (grams)
3
carbs (grams)
34
protein (grams)
13
sugar (grams)
12



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Slow Cooker Christmas Porridge

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Panellets for La Castanyada

Panellets for La Castanyada


Panellets for La Castanyada

La Castanyada is a Catalan folk festival celebrated on the 31st October every year to honour and remember the dead and also celebrate the arrival of Autumn. The Catalan Tourist Board challenged us to whip up some typical sweet delicacies that are eaten during the festival including these yummy panellets, which are traditionally made by children in local schools. Panellets are small sweets made from marzipan pastry and traditionally coated in pine nuts, although other toppings can be used like almonds and cocoa.

Panellets for La Castanyada

MORE ON LA CASTANYADA

The festival originated from an ancient burial ritual celebration where families gathered around the table to eat autumn fruits and other sweet meals as they remembered their deceased relatives. It is said the food helped the Campaners, or bell ringers, ring the church bells all night as they honoured the dead. Today it is also considered a celebration of Autumn and is a wonderful family festivity.
If you visit Catalunya around this time of year you’ll notice stalls selling hot toasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes traditionally wrapped in newspaper, called paperina.

The kids have already asked if we can go to Barcelona next year to join in the festivities!

Panellets for La Castanyada

PANELLETS

We were challenged to make two varieties of panellets, pine nut panellets and almond panellets and the recipe really couldn’t be simpler. The kids had great fun making them and are looking forward to eating them in the run up to Halloween over here. They are usually enjoyed with a sweet wine like Moscatel.

Panellets for La Castanyada


I love exploring regional festivals through food and the kids happily engaged in the making and eating of the panellets, whilst at the same time learning a little bit about the region of Catalunya. It's most definitely on our must visit soon list.

Panellets for La Castanyada


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PANELLETS RECIPE


Panellet
Sweets
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Panellets

Traditional Catalan Panellets for La Castanyada
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:


  • 250g Caster Sugar
  • 500g Ground Almonds
  • 3 Eggs
  • To Decorate
  • 200g Pine Nuts
  • 200g Almonds
  • 1 Egg

instructions


  1. Mix together the sugar and ground almonds in a large bowl then mix through the 3 eggs. Knead the dough until soft then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Remove the dough from the fridge and preheat the oven to 200°c (180°fan).
  3. Roll the dough into small balls and coat with either the pine nuts of almonds and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  4. Brush with the egg mixture then bake in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

NOTES:

Calories are for 1 Panellet
calories
175
fat (grams)
12.3
sat. fat (grams)
1.1
carbs (grams)
13.4
protein (grams)
5.7
sugar (grams)
9.4


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Panellets for La Castanyada

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post for Catalunya Tourist Board. I was compensated for writing this post. All thoughts are my own.
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Riviera Westcountry Hampers Review

Riviera Westcountry Hampers Review


Riviera Westcountry Hampers

Well it's only 67 days until Christmas apparently and who doesn't love receiving a yummy foodie hamper as a gift? I was lucky enough to be sent this luxury Mylor Riviera Westcountry Hamper to try and I was really impressed with the quality of the products.

Riviera Westcountry Hampers


The hamper contains the following products:


  • 40 bag packet of Cornish tea company tea
  • Bottle Of Tarquins Blackberry Gin
  • Jar Of JB Preserves Plum Jam
  • Bottle of Cornish ketchup ‘smokey one’
  • Bottle Of Elderflower Presse
  • Bottle Of Cornish Orchards Cyder
  • Bar Of Kernow chocolates
  • Box Of Furniss Fairing Biscuits
  • Box Of Furniss Cheese Biscuits
  • Jar Of Cornish Honey
  • Jar Of 3 Fruit Marmalade
  • Jar Of JB Preserves Piccalilli
Riviera Westcountry Hampers

The Tarquins Blackberry Gin is really good (with elderflower tonic), and I've already used the Cornish Honey in my famous Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks. This hamper retails at £75 but there are cheaper alternatives available if your budget can't stretch that far.

Riviera Westcountry Hampers only include products produced in Devon and Cornwall and if you would like a custom hamper made they are always happy to oblige. There is also the choice of having a wicker basket or recyclable cardboard hamper tray to carry your chosen products.

The perfect gift for Christmas!

Disclosure: I was kindly sent a hamper to review. All thoughts are my own.
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Spicy Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

Spicy Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box


Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box
This comforting sausage meatball pasta bake was much needed after a day of raking leaves, mowing the lawn and lots of weeding in the garden. I do love this time of year but its hard work when you have so many tree's!

The ingredients for this sausage meatball pasta bake were delivered by Cornwall Recipe Box, who asked if I would like to try out one of their holiday ready recipe boxes. The company is run by a brother and sister team in West Cornwall who share a love of good hearty family food. They got thinking how tricky it can be when on holiday to make the most of opportunities to sample local food, particularly with kids in tow, and so Cornwall Recipe Box was born, delivering recipe boxes direct to holiday homes throughout the whole of the county. 

Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

All of the ingredients are either grown/produced locally, or supplied by independent Cornish suppliers. The recipe boxes are delivered in recyclable packaging with a detailed recipe card and instructions to follow.

There are lots of really yummy recipes in their Autumn/Winter 2018/19 range including Smoked Haddock Chowder and Roasted Squash Risotto but this Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake was extra special. They are also currently working on a 'classics' menu too that will be available year round so keep an eye on the website for that.

Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

This Spicy Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake was gobbled up by everyone which is always a good sign. The portion sizes are extremely generous too, leaving leftovers for hubby's lunch the next day. We really couldn't have been more impressed by their service and I would thoroughly recommend trying out a box if you are on holiday in Cornwall soon. Locals can also order the recipe boxes to their homes.

Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE SPICY SAUSAGE PASTA BAKE

  • For a less spicy meal replace the chilli sausages with plain pork or hickory smoked sausages.
  • The recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd.
  • Serve with a side salad or fresh veggies.
  • Up the veggies by adding a tin of sweetcorn or some cooked peas to the pasta bake.

OTHER SAUSAGE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY

Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

SPICY SAUSAGE MEATBALL PASTA BAKE


Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake
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Spicy Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake

A hearty and comforting sausage meatball pasta bake recipe with chilli sausages.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:


  • 8 Chilli Sausages
  • 200g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 200g Breadcrumbs
  • 2 TBSP Rapeseed Oil
  • 100g Fresh Parsley
  • 400g Pasta
  • 1 Lemon
  • 200g Creme Fraiche
  • 200g Cornish Gouda (or cheddar)
  • Salt and Pepper

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c (180° fan).
  2. Snip the end of the sausages and squeeze out the sausage meat into a bowl.
  3. Finely chop the parsley and mix half into the sausage meat with half of the breadcrumbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into your hands to form small balls.
  4. Cut the tomatoes in half and place in an ovenproof dish. Place the meatballs on top and bake for 20 mins until the sausage balls are cooked.
  5. Bring a large pan of water to the boil with a pinch of salt.
  6. Peel and chop the garlic, grate the rind of the lemon and mix into a small bowl with the remaining breadcrumbs and parsley.
  7. Add the pasta to the boiling water and boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile grate the gouda cheese.
  8. Drain the pasta and return to the pan with a little of the cooking water, rapeseed oil and the breadcrumb mixture.
  9. Take the baking dish out of the oven and stir the pasta mixture into the meatballs and tomatoes. Dollop over the creme fraiche and sprinkle over the grated cheese.
  10. Grill for 5 minutes until starting to brown. Serve with a green salad.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition are for 1 portion
calories
914
fat (grams)
50
carbs (grams)
59
protein (grams)
77
sugar (grams)
10


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Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

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Disclosure: I was sent a recipe box to review. All thoughts are my own.
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