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If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know how ridiculously excited I get about Christmas… Christmas markets, Christmas jumpers, Christmas films… SNOW. ❄️❄️
I generally try to keep a lid on it until after Halloween (my other favourite holiday!) but once October 31st has passed, game over. Christmas is here. (I even pop on a Christmas song at other times of year if I’m in need of a quick spirit boost!).
So I was really happy when Iceland invited me to their fun Christmas in July day last week… it was somewhat surreal being surrounded by Christmas trees and decorations in 30 degree heat but it did kickstart my Christmas love (165 days to go!).
I traveled down from Nottingham on the train with the lovely Emily from Recipes and Reviews... we’d inadvertently matched our outfits! You can’t go wrong with polka dots (my dress is actually a cat print up close! ). You must take a look at her blog if you love macarons – she has some incredible recipes.
somewhat very surreal to be surrounded by Christmas trees and food on a 30degree day in London but I quickly got into the Christmas spirit! We got to see and taste lots of products that will be available for Christmas 2017, AND taste some delicious dishes prepared by Iceland head chef Neil and his team. Everything they prepared was Iceland food that they’d cooked normally (and plated up with lots of imagination!).
I’ve always loved the convenience of frozen foods (I have an absolutely MASSIVE freezer that’s always stuffed full!) – I love being able to pull a good meal out of the freezer. That’s super important I think at Christmas – when there’s so much pressure (it feels like) to have delicious treats ready at every possible moment in case people pop in. I love the little French macarons that they sell frozen at Iceland – perfect for last minute guests!
I have also raved about their frozen ready to bake breads before – they’re incredible with only what you would put in yourself if you were making it yourself at home, only less work!
I also (and I speak from slightly bitter experience) know that it tends to be the womenfolk (and especially the mumfolk!) who end up taking everything on themselves to make Christmas ‘perfect’.
I’ve since realised that shortcuts galore are the key to actually enjoying Christmas and seeing your family during it! Like this delicious raspberry and lemon cream pavlova which was my favourite – it honestly tasted like I had made it myself at home. I don’t think anyone you served this to would guess it wasn’t homemade… I certainly wouldn’t.
I also loved this chocolate mousse with creme brulee inside – the chocolate mousse tasted – again, like homemade, and the crunchy chocolate base was delish. I could definitely have eaten two of these!
I tend to spend Christmas with my parents, so I’ll be suggesting that me and my mum make a trip to Iceland to stock up on treats this year!
As you’ve probably noticed, I was altogether more interested in what was on offer for Christmas dessert. The cool bronze snowflake cake below comes with chocolate sauce to pour over which reveals the chocolate mousse and honeycomb inside! 😍
Experiencing Christmas in July definitely got me thinking about the real festive season… and making me determined to make the most of enjoying the downtime with family and friends and not spend it all in the kitchen, thanks to some of these delicious treats from Iceland – that’s the power of frozen!
Are you looking forward to/planning Christmas already? Christmas lovers unite!