… i’m proud to say that i’ve been picked as a Christmas Ambassador for Sainsbury’s… it’s a lovely compliment and doubly special for me because they’re giving me a bundle of stuff to share with you… as you’ll all know, i’m not one for spanking the brand-monkey too obviously but there will be a few lovely christmassy give-aways… i’ll be posting some of my regular recipes spiced up with some yummy Sainsbury’s Christmas ingredients… and i’ll also include a few little nuggets of life from Belleau Cottage at Christmas…
… as regular friends will know, I simply bloody love Christmas and as I said last year and will no doubt say again, this is probably quite bad for a nice jewish boy from north London… and even though the cottage will feel a little empty without our little girl sniffing around the tree, I do love the feeling I get when I know it’ll soon be time to prepare all the lovely little things that make christmas special… driving down the road to the christmas tree farm to cut down our own fresh tree… planning all the delicious meals and treats i’ll be making over the festive period… meeting up with friends and family I haven’t seen since last year, feeling guilty but knowing it doesn’t really matter because we all love each other anyway… frequent visits to the Aby Tavern to drink merrily by the roasting fire and I particularly enjoy rummaging in the loft in the yearly and seemingly impossible task of finding the christmas decorations…
… if you’re anything like me you’ll probably have a collection of decorations that you’ve had for years… baubles with meaning… fairy lights way too old to be safe to use… an angel and a star because one of you can’t agree which you prefer on top of the tree… I also try and update my decs a little every year… I buy a bauble or two that I like the look of but it has to be special and fit in with the theme… our tree is always blue and silver… our mantlepiece is always old fashioned and hand-made… the new kitchen hasn’t quite found it’s christmas vibe although at my local Sainsbury’s I picked up these Scandi-inspired wooden Robins, complete with their own knitwear, that I think may set a theme for this year…
… and so to kick December off with a bang I have a lovely random recipes give-away for you all… I have two £15 Sainsbury’s Books tokens that will go to two people who enter this months challenge (one £15 token per winner)… so that you can buy even more cookbooks to play along with random recipes… I will pick what I think is the most random recipe and the lovely Kate from the Sainsbury’s Food Blogger Network will pick her favourite entry… and don’t worry my international friends, this give-away is open to all… if you win I will personally purchase the book of your choice from the Sainsbury’s website and post it to you… now I can’t say fairer than that can I?
… and the theme for this month… My Christmas Gift… well, we’ve done it before but it was a good one… i’d like you to look back at last years christmas gifts… I bet we all received at least one cook book for Christmas… and it’s from this book i’d like you to randomly select a recipe from…
and so onto my pick this month… and can you believe I only got one food book last Christmas?… It’s a delightful gift from my neighbour Tracey called Notes from the Jam Cupboard by Mary Tregellas… it’s a bloody brilliant book, packed with fabulous ti
ps on jamming and pickling but also has some wonderful recipes of what to do with the stuff once they’ve been jarred… which I think is so obvious but a brilliant insight into using all the bottled goodness… and you won’t believe this but on page 100, the very page that fell open, is a recipe for chicken thighs… Mango Chutney Chicken Thighs to be precise… it’s as though it was meant to be…
… now off you pop and pick your random recipes you beautiful people!
Please Do Not Feed The Animals. says
Thanks Dom. Love the cosy robins. Can't wait for the mango chutney chicken thighs – that's one I'd like to try.
I want some robins with knitted jumpers!
little macaroon. says
Robins in knitwear and thoroughly spanked brand monkeys, aaah, the exquisite whiff of Christmas! Looking forward to this one most thoroughly, and selecting from my box set of mini Chef Wan delights!!!
Mel (Sharky Oven Gloves) says
Oh those little robins are so adorable! Anyway, love theme – off to go pick my random recipe…
Happy Christmas Dom! I too love this time of year and am really really looking forward to entering Random Festive Recipes… Enjoy all the lovely special Christmassy times ahead Xx
From Beyond My Kitchen Window says
The pair of Robins are adorable in their knitted sweaters. You really can enjoy them well past the Christmas season. What a wonderful give-away too.
I love this, Dom! I've gotten some crackers for Christmas but last year I got but two, Jamie's Great Britain from my husband and Fried Chicken and Champagne by Lisa Dupar from my younger daughter. I love them both so I am looking forward to this challenge! (If they arrive in time!)
I am looking forward to your Christmas posts too!
Karen S Booth says
I just HAVE to have some of those robins in jumpers, I adore them and they would suit my house so well! What a great challenge, and I shall be entering as I want to win one of those book vouchers, as I can never have enough books! I love sainsbury's as you know and you and I hae had fun with their apples and pears contest and challenge! So, I am off to get last year's books and throw them up in the air! Great challenge, and I now feel so festive and jolly! Karen xxxxx
Ah, if only I could remember as long ago as last December. Although if I really think about it I'm not sure if anyone bought me a Christmas cookery book. I certainly bought myself a few though…. I guess that counts!
Sue/the view from great island says
I love that cover of Notes from the Jam Cupboard, and I love Mango Chutney, can't wait to check out your thighs… 🙂
Ruth Ellis says
Phew – think I'm on safer ground this month, since the books I got last year are fairly normal! Looking forward to making something delicious… or at least edible and non-phallic!
Recipe Junkie says
Unbelievably I only got one cookbook last year too.I'm hoping for more this year. I shall have to be extra random in selecting what I make. Liking those robins too.
The KitchenMaid says
Very clever theme, I love it. And those robins – so bad they're good!
I only got one cookbook last Christmas too. I haven't made anything out of it yet, so I guess now's the time!
Don't you just love Christmas!!
Crikey Dom, you are overflowing with the milk of human Christmas – all sounds very exciting though and I love Christmas too. Now I just have to remember which book (s) I was given for Christmas last year.
Okey doke … and I'm off to Sainsbury's to get me one of those robins too!
Phil in the Kitchen says
I gave up Christmas many years ago and so I definitely don't haven't had any books as presents. I'll try to think of something as an alternative.
fiona maclean says
lol I think I have one christmas book that I was meant to review and didn't quite get round to doing. Now, if I can find it…
John Gray says
do you know what I saw in sainsbury's yeasterday?
a lovely apple pie bowl complete with backbird pie steamer
I hardly get that many X-mas present's least not cookbooks (unfortunatly) but I sort of had one for Easter, and made a recepie from that the other day rather randomly would that do? Or …?
Gingey Bites says
This sounds good, I had 3 books last christmas so who knows what my random recipe will be! Looking forward to the challenge and fingers crossed for something prize worthy! 🙂
Fabulicious Food says
I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't remember which cookbooks I got for Christmas last year, River Cottage Veg I think was one, will dig that out and have a scout
Sally Akins says
I'd really like to take part in Random Recipes this month – my very first time – but I'm another one who can't remember which books I received last year. It's been a long 12 months…
I think I was given 'Kitchen' either last year or the year before, so that may have to do!