Archive | December, 2011

Christmas dinner with no trimmings

16 Dec

Don’t get me wrong, I love a potato waffle. My dinner of choice on an evening home alone regularly consists of waffles, beans and some grated cheese for good measure, but waffles for Christmas dinner? Are you having a laugh?

Website studentsbeans.com has penned a “budget” Christmas dinner for those without the time or skill to prepare a full roast. As well as replacing the roasties with waffles, it also suggests wrapping budget mini sausages in wafer thin ham and topping with a bacon flavoured crisp for that extra crunch as a cost-effective alternative to pigs in blankets. Urgh.

I can’t get too cross with studentbeans for what I’m sure is no more than a cleverly crafted PR stunt to drive more traffic to its website over the festive period. I wonder if any studos have actually given it a go?

Personally, I'd rather have sprouts

My Colin the Caterpillar birthday cake

9 Dec

To mark my 28th birthday (despite it being four days away!) my generous new colleagues presented me with the king of all birthday cakes. It was my first ever M&S Colin the Caterpillar birthday cake and I’d like to share a photo of his cheeky, chocolatey face.

I’ll be celebrating the occasion with a few days off work (and hopefully a few more portions of cake!) Happy birthday me!

Too old for advent?

1 Dec

This is the first December 1st in my entire life I have not opened a little cardboard window to reveal a festive chocolate, which I usually devour whilst still in my pyjamas. In the only month when chocolate before breakfast is acceptable, advent calendars make it that little bit easier to get out of bed on those dark mornings in the run up to Christmas – and I can’t believe I don’t have one in my life!

I’m not sure why this is. I can only assume that with my 28th birthday in exactly 12 days, I’ve finally become too old for advent. However, if I was to dash out on my way home from work to quickly buy one (ahem!) this is the one I would most like to get.

Hotel Chocolat Ultimate Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar, £17