I love Christmas – it’s without a doubt my favourite holiday, and it’s only 35 days away! In less than a month now, I’ll be heading to Cambodia for my very first tropical Christmas. Although I am unbelievably excited, I’m not going to deny that part of my affection for Christmas is centered around all the food, so having barbecue instead of turkey with all the trimmings is going to be a bit of a culture shock for me!
Luckily, I’ve managed to get some Christmas food in early, thanks to Joy, who invited me to go with her last Thursday to Country Living Magazine’s Christmas Fair in Islington.
The Christmas Fair featured various stalls and exhibitors presenting their Christmas homewares, food and gift ideas. Joy and I explored the centre, sampling a few glasses of prosecco until we found the food section, where we were really in our element. It was really nice to see and discover small UK independent brands that I hadn’t known about before.
Joy is also a big fan of gin, so we sampled various kinds, until we came across rhubarb gin made by Kentish Tipple. I’m not usually a fan of overly sweet drinks, so I wasn’t prepared to particularly like this rhubarb gin liquer, but I was completely won over. I can’t wait to try it with some tonic or prosecco!
Another stall I was really taken with was Hogben Pottery’s terracotta stall. Hogben Pottery make some really sweet jugs and mugs, which remind me of Beatrix Potter. I had to restrain myself, and tried walking away from the stall only to rush back to get this sweet pug milk jug. I couldn’t bear to see someone else take him home!
The third stall I really liked at the Country Living Fair was run by Norfolk-based company The General Store, who specialise in vintage collectibles and fine food kits. I thought that their food kits were a really sweet idea – perfect for people who want to cook (but are too lazy/might not know how to!). I came home with their gluten-free holiday cookie mix. The jar of gluten free flour, chocolate and dried fruit seemed too cute to bake with, but temptation got the better of me.
I was seriously impressed with the mixture – all I had to do was add some vanilla, butter and an egg, and it is without a doubt the BEST gluten-free cookie I have ever made (even better, I might add, than my kinako ones from a few months back!)
Although I had a great time at the fair, I must admit I was disappointed with their tree – poor effort!
And, if you follow me on instagram, you might have already seen this picture – but what great words to live by!