I've been waiting to get all festive on the blog, and what better way to kick it all off than with FOOD. As a food enthusiast (imagine putting that on your CV), Christmas tends to be my favourite time of year with baking, turkey, roasties, Yorkshire puds, mince pies and all of the festive treats. I was sent this batch of goodies from the guys at East of England Co-op (we've collaborated before here - basically they know I'm a massive foodie).
Drinks: Shawsgate Vineyard sparkling rose (2011) & Woodforde's Brewery Tinsel Toes Ale
It's not Christmas without a tipple or two am I riiiiiight. I haven't cracked these open yet but plan to very soon! The sparkling rose is right up my street and has been put to one side for a very merry Christmas eve. The ale has been bagsied (do people still even use that phrase?!) by my papa who is planning on indulging in it when the fam all come to visit at Christmas.
I have such a sweet tooth so I massively enjoyed these. I'm always wary about mince pies as I feel like shop bought ones can be a bit cardboardy and won't live up to my mama's homemade beauties, but these Legg bakery creations are perfection. They're a good size, full of flavour and the filling has that mix of citrus and spice that just works. The whole pack was gone in 48 hours!
The Christmas whirls = pure chocolate heaven. I saved one for my boyfriend and did the whole "no it's fine you can have it" hoping he would say no...but he didn't. They're basically a marshmallow encased in thick milk chocolate and they are pretty dreamy.
All of these products are locally sourced from around Essex, Suffolk and the East of England - I love that this range supports local suppliers and companies especially at this time of year. All of the above will be available in store on 4th December (if I don't beat you to it and buy all of the Christmas whirls, that is).