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    My Christmas Cookbook Collection

    Blogmas Day 7: My Christmas Cookbook Collection | Essential Twenty

    Nothing screams Christmas to me like cooking. Whether that’s baking sausage rolls (my mum makes the best ones and I’ll fight you if you disagree), icing some festive shaped biscuits or whipping up the roast dinner of dreams, that’s Christmas to me. You probably only need one Christmas cookbook in your collection to help you with the big day, but I have a number in my stash!

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    A Foodie Gift Guide, Of Sorts

    A Foodie Gift Guide | Essential Twenty

    My first of just two gift guides this year is a shout out to my foodies. A foodie gift guide, to a degree. Whilst I don’t talk about it a lot on my blog (with the exception of some very old recipe posts), I am a big fan of testing out new food and drink. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen testing new recipes, and I’m always partial to a glass of wine or two. I actually end up getting a lot of food and drink related gifts, so I’m sharing what I’d be after this year…if I didn’t already have them.

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    Testing Meal Subscription Boxes with Gousto

    Gousto Delivery | Essential Twenty

    I’ve always been intrigued by companies that deliver food to your door, ready and waiting to be cooked by you. I’m not talking supermarkets, but companies than deliver everything weighed out and you simply put it together. Honestly, the part of cooking that I find the hardest is choosing what to make! A few weeks ago I didn’t have that problem, thanks to Gousto.

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    How I Meal Plan Successfully

    Recipe Book Wish List | Essential Twenty

    I flipping love recipes books (can you tell from that image above? You can see less than half of my cookbooks in that). I spend a lot of my free time flicking through these books and food magazines for inspiration, and I try to cook at least one new meal per week. Whilst I still live with my parents, I am responsible for the food shopping and cooking in this house and therefore I meal plan. And I’ve got pretty good at it!

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    Christmas Cocktail: Cranberry Tea Cosmopolitan

    Today’s post was supposed to be beauty related, but wordpress seems to have eaten about 1500 words and I can’t reproduce that as quickly as was required. Instead, I’m giving you a quick bit of Christmas inspo for a Tea Cocktail.


    We all go overboard with the booze at Christmas, so I’ve got a way for you to get the two British favourites into one sweet drink – tea and alcohol.

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    My Favourite Christmas Sides

    This Christmas, I’m going to entirely responsible for cooking Christmas dinner for me, my mum, my dad and my brother. I cook a full roast dinner regularly but there’s something about Christmas dinner needing to be special and go perfectly.


    Over the past month I’ve been cooking regularly to try out a few new recipes for Christmas day, and these are two that I’ll definitely be going for on the big day. All of these recipes are for four people, but you can multiply these up for as many people as necessary. Also heads up to Jack for trying to take a photo for me…I need to train him up in the New Year (but we were too hungry to retake).

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