Our pick of the best festive foodie ideas!
Whether you need some help preparing for all the Christmas cooking - and some great seasonal recipe ideas - or fancy taking the family to a festive food festival, take a look and find out what's on across the area this Christmas...
Festive Fun and Christmas Markets in Surrey
Get into the Christmas spirit - and eat, drink and be merry at these fantastic foodie events...
Christmas Food Market, Garsons, Esher, Surrey, 18th-19th November
Priory Farm Christmas Food Festival, Nutfield, Surrey, 25th & 26th November
Farmers & Makers Fair, Architectural Plants, Pulborough, West Sussex, 2nd December
Christmas Wine Tasting & Carols, Albury Vineyard, Surrey, 10th December
Surbiton Farmers' Market, Surbiton, Surrey, 16th December
Secret of crispy roast potatoes
Choose a floury spud such as King Edward or Maris Piper. Peel and cut longways through the narrow side, so you have one flat surface and one round surface. Boil for 15 – 18 minutes until the edges start to break up. Drain well then dry them slightly over heat in a metal colander. Toss them vigorously in flour seasoned with salt, pepper, chopped thyme and a hint of cayenne pepper and throw them around to break up the edges and make them craggy. In a roasting tin, heat up some goose fat mixed with dripping (about a centimetre deep) until it is very hot, then carefully put the potatoes into the fat (on whichever side you wish, round or flat, but keep them all the same) and baste them. Cook in a very hot oven for around 20 minutes, then drain off the fat into a pot (so you can re-use it) before returning to the oven for another 20/25 minutes. This will give you a crispy outside and lovely, fluffy middle.
A treat for any designated drivers!
Sussex-based business Gran Stead's makes a selection of soft drinks that are perfect for Christmas, including unique non-alcoholic ginger blends and traditional lemonade with a nostalgic nod to yesteryear.
Inspired by an original recipe created by 'Gran Stead' herself back in the 19th century, these delicious drinks are the perfect choice for any designated drivers!
At this time of year, we are particular fans of their Spiced Ginger Punch, a secret blend of exotic spices that delivers a wonderfully punchy hit of ginger delight. Cheers!
Delicious Foodie Gifts
√ A hamper for the in-laws
√ Hand-made fudge for Granny
√ Something really different for the one who has everything ...
We've got you covered with a selection of tasty gifts for all the family - our gift guide's coming soon!
A Christmas celebration with a difference!
For something a little bit different, how about a Christmas celebration on the coast? At Billy's on the Beach in Bracklesham Bay, near Chichester, West Sussex, you could be enjoying a seafood platter and Prosecco while overlooking the ocean!