Boozy spelt Christmas cake and Chickpea magazine

Vegan Spelt Christmas cake See ya 2014! You've been a good-un. I'm in bed with a rotten cold and am trying cheer myself up with this stack of brilliant inspiration from friends and family, near and far. My bedside reading today includes the gorgeous and brilliant vegan quarterly magazine, Chickpea. And it features a recipe for boozy spelt Christmas cake - written by me! (Hooray). Soon I'm going to drag my sorry self from my sickbed and whip up some coconut oil frosting for said cake which is now nicely boozy with brandy. It's become a bit of a tradition to cut my Christmas cake on New Year's Eve over the last couple of years, and while I'm not a fan of traditional Christmas cakes, I do like making my own version. We're planning on staying in this evening and cracking open the bubbles - should mix well with the cold and flu tablets. It's the first time in a very long time that I haven't gone out partying on New Year's Eve and I'm looking forward to it. Fingers crossed I can keep my eyes open 'til midnight. Wishing you all a wonderful 2015. x Photo for Chickpea magazine by Arthur Ravenscrag

Festive feelings.

The girls in my house are feeling very festive. We have a beautiful tree from Columbia Road markets (that we managed to find some strong men to carry. Terrible, I know, that we had to resort to man-power but quite frankly none of us wanted to get gum or grit on our frocks),  a massive bunch of red berries with cotton & eucalyptus on the kitchen table and the sweet aroma of mulled wine is lingering after a wee party on Sunday.

All we need now is some snow.

This will be my fourth Christmas in a row that I've celebrated away from home. Unfortunately, at £1600 tickets to NZ are a bit out of my price range (COME ON CHRISTMAS BONUS). But a trip home in the New Year is on the horizon.

Late night Wednesday Christmas shopping on London's Columbia Road (near my house), always manages to diminish any feelings of homesickness that I can feel rising.

If only I hadn't missed the deadline for posting overseas before Christmas. Dammit. Sorry NZ folk. Oh and the Christmas cards I wrote for you last year -  still sitting my drawer.

Right I'm off to make some gingerbread snowmen. Happy Tuesday.


P.s. Sorry for the lack of posts of late. Hopefully I'll be able to post about our recent trip to San Francisco shortly. x