Beef short ribs are a bargain - so much so they'll probably soon go the way of monkfish, pork belly and lamb shanks and become prohibitively expensive. Get them while you can but remember to leave some at the butcher's counter for me or we'll have words.
As an example let's look at Snow White. Leaving aside the fact, that is pretty disturbing, that her step-mother wants to kill her, Snow White not only talks to a stranger in the woods (the murderous queen disguised as an old hag) but accepts an offer of a bite of a poisoned apple. Why would she do that?
It's a fast growing tree so this will appease those with an eco conscience. America in my opinion does Christmas rather splendidly, be it decorations, films or Nat King Cole in song, roasting chestnuts over an open fire.
Christmas gifts such as handbags, jewelry and chocolates have been replaced with practical items such as a new baby carrier, Maxi-Cosi car seat and playpen - yes for me of course, Baby Boo gets a whole set of toys, books and fun!
Each year, it gets bigger, brighter, louder and more extravagant, but for some, Christmas isn't always considered the most wonderful time of the year! In fact, for many, Christmas can cause worry, stress and anxiety, with Samaritans reporting a huge increase in phone calls during the festive period.
At the heart of Christmas is the Bethlehem babe, who later went on to preach that we are to love our neighbours as ourselves. Not instead of ourselves or despite ourselves but as ourselves. The all-inclusive love Jesus was teaching, therefore, includes the call to each of us to look after "number one", too.
If you aren't one of the two people on the planet that lives for Christmas, then below are some tips that will help you survive the festive period without any Santa's, reindeer, adults, children, Christmas trees, TV sets and pretty much anything else being harmed in the process...
Christmas is a wonderful time of giving, receiving and celebrating the birth of baby Jesus with family and friends. Unfortunately for those trying to lose excess body fat over this period our celebrations often include rich, indulgent food, and instead of getting that warm, fuzzy excited feeling approaching the holiday they often feel anxiety and gloom.
Cheesecakes are a fantastic, easy dessert to rustle up when you're entertaining. Although not typically a Winter sweet, my version is perfect for the chilly winter months, combining the classic biscuit case and cream cheese topping with all of the delicious flavours of the Christmas season - red wine, cinnamon, orange and cloves.
Animals can be a wonderful addition to a family - just not when they're gifted to an unsuspecting recipient during one of the most chaotic times of the year. The following are some reasons why...
What could be more quintessentially English than a fine afternoon tea? Tea is of course Britain's unofficial national drink, and accompanying this cultural staple with scrumptious scones, delicate sandwiches and fine cakes and pastries is becoming an ever-greater trend.
Buried deep inside the walls of The Savoy Hotel's American Bar lies a 90 year-old cocktail shaker filled with Plymouth Gin, Cointreau and lemon juice: The White Lady cocktail. It was lovingly laid down in 1927 by Harry Craddock - then head bartender - during an Art Deco refurb at the height of the Jazz Age. But despite many attempts to locate the ancient silver vessel, it has never been found.
The joy of waking early and padding downstairs to poke your finger through the numbered window, finding a bite sized treat ready and waiting for you is something I vow never to grow out of. Which is precisely why I was so excited to have been a part of the Models1 Charity Advent Raffle.
The ONS' conclusion is foreboding, stating that the problem will only get worse given the UK's ageing population. The term 'chronically lonely' is now regularly being used to describe the condition. What can be done? It is an issue very close to my heart and I believe that we can all play a part in tackling loneliness.
You see, homelessness isn't just for Christmas. That man outside your railway station with a cardboard sign, that you are suspicious about, will still be there in the New Year. But then so will the faith groups, silently, below the surface. Homelessness isn't just for Christmas, neither is caring about it.
The words healthy and christmas don't always go hand in hand. But just because it's the season of overindulgence and sweet treats, that doesn't mean you can't add in some healthy twists. So here are a some tips that will help you stay a bit healthier over the festive period...