Category Archives: christmas


We might not celebrate ‘Thanksgiving’ in Scotland (which is tomorrow folks…) but it could be a good excuse to do a practice run for the BIG DAY which is only 28 days away….. The fact is we just needed a good excuse to share this lovely infographic with you from ‘The Savory’ who seem to have it all sussed out. If you’re like us though, we tend to eat a mountain of stuffing and ‘1 bottle of wine for 4 people’?! Yeah right…..

Print it, laminate it, stick it to the fridge, we love it.

CALCULATOR_EDITWe put lovely stuff like this on our Pinterest boards,  head on over and have a sneaky peak….


Those lovely people at Hotel Chocolat know how much we heart dark chocolate here at Monkfish Towers. So much so that a ‘dark christmas basket‘ was delivered by the fella in the big red suit this week ready for a monkfish tasting session… Say no more, it’s never too early to start the Christmas calorie intake….. Continue reading


Saturday afternoon was spent with Nigella with one very important mission in mind, that of icing my lovely Christmas cake  – Nige.  Maybe a little over familiar considering I’m going to be eating him (!!) but we’ve become extremely close during the last few weeks.   Myself and Ms Lawson baked Nige a few weeks ago at our own stir up saturday party and he’s been tucked away in the Hillside pantry since then. Continue reading


For some reason this year (more than EVER) I am super excited about Christmas (read: it’s all about the festive food) and on Saturday I officially launched ‘Christmas at the Hillside’!  The launch party involved me (natch), Nigella (special guest appearance), and Mr Predictable (for a change) and what fun we had!  The three of us threw caution to the wind and decided that Saturday was going to be our ‘STIR UP’ day.  I know I know, stir up day is usually Sunday but what the heck, we were going to live a little and bring it forward a day.

No particular reason for inviting Nigella to this party.  I’ve read various christmas cake recipes over the last few weeks, Delia is probably the obvious choice for most but I have to say she doesn’t use as much brandy in her cake (shocker!!) and this is the festive season after all so it was Nigella all the way for me!

Drum roll please….

16 hours to launch and counting :- approx 1kg of various vine fruit were brought to the boil in 600ml’s of brandy then left to soak overnight…divine smells all round the Hillside, who needs Glade?! Continue reading