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River Cottage's guide to a stress free Christmas Dinner

Jemma Moran: Christmas. It really is the most magical time of year, isn’t it? And what could be more enchanting than sweating it out in your kitchen, desperately preparing the all-important turkey dinner for your nearest and dearest. While they cram into your dining room you’re probably crying into the gravy that refuses to thicken or cutting the burnt bits off your roast potatoes. Sound familiar? This year, why not cut yourself some slack? We’ve come up with our top five tips, to take the stress out of your preparations.

23 December 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Christmas Wine Pairing

Andrea Spalletti: It’s hard to imagine Christmas without a turkey sitting at the centre of the festive table, and it’s hard to imagine Christmas without wine to accompany the feast. With fewer chemicals and a kinder approach to farming, switching to organic wine is just one of the ways that you can make a small change that will make a big difference this Christmas.

23 December 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

5 top tips to get your glow on this Christmas

Ailish Lucas: Ah Christmas. Freezing cold wind, roaring fires and plenty of champagne. Sounds fabulous right (well the last two anyway)?! Yes, they are fabulous - but not so for your skin. As most of you will have noticed, as the seasons change, so does our skin. In winter, our skin becomes dry, you get spots and feel like putting a paper bag over your head, when really you want to sparkle like that sequin skirt you’re donning. So here are my top tips to help you get your glow on this Christmas.

21 December 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

I’m dreaming of a GM-free Christmas

Elisabeth Winkler: Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a GM-free Christmas. So make my Christmas dinner organic, please. I don’t want to eat genetically modified (GM) food at Christmas, or anytime. In fact, I resent even having to write that sentence. Genetic modification has no place in my world. It is an outdated technology which messes with nature at its most basic 'building block' level, by inserting a gene from another species (plant, animal, bacterium and/or virus) into a plant, thus 'modifying' it.

08 December 2014 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 16

Packing geese and Merry Christmas...

Emma Heseltine: We are plucking and dressing the geese this week. It’s a several stage process and it starts with removing the tail and wing feathers. Geese are water birds so have several layers of feathers to remove, not as easy as chicken or even duck. We are collecting these big feathers as some beekeepers in the area have asked for them as they are very useful. I'll admit I didn’t find out what for, most likely some kind of brushing and not for bee tickling (which isn’t a thing).

23 December 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

A very British Christmas

Anna Louise Batchelor: I recently read in the Guardian Newspaper that we are increasingly forgoing British traditions for the festive season and replacing them with a more Scandinavian approach to Christmas. Now I’m a big fan of the culture that the Scandinavian countries have exported, from Nordic Noir to my ever increasing traditional woolie jumper collection. I also appreciate the very ‘clean’ approach to eating hallowed in Scandinavian culture; lots of fresh fish, great portions of vegetables and complex carbohydrates like rye bread. However when it comes to Christmas I’m not budging on my tried and tested since childhood traditional Christmas.

14 December 2012 | 98 Comments | Recommended by 8

Driving the Tractor, Goodbye Geese and a very Merry Christmas....

Emma Heseltine: Im feeding the creatures at Houghton. Six bales are in the trailer and two dogs are eager to assist. It’s a fairly simple process although with all the gates it does involve a lot if jumping on and off the quad.

26 December 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

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