December, with its dreadful cold and limited daylight, has sadly struck and although fairy lights and the Christmas spirit may help cheer the mood, it’s the delicious dishes served this time a year that really do the trick. When else can we stuff ourselves with scrumptious nibbles guilt-free, to then start all over again the following day, with both leftovers and new treats? Cinnamon, chestnut, pecan and pumpkin lovers, this one’s for you! FBC has selected some holiday-themed recipes by food bloggers to help you save time, and let you fully give in to your appetites.
Photograph by Kajal for Aaplemint
A Date & Walnut Loaf with a Cream Cheese frosting may sound heavy, but is definitely worth the bloat. Aapplemint blogger, baking-addict and Indian beauty Kajal Tejsinghani, shares her sweet recipe, which includes twinkles of cinnamon and glimmers of sweet, moist bliss. And for those who want to branch out from the usual potato themed side dish, the skillful part-time writer and photographer also hides an original Ghanaian recipe of Yam Balls on her blog.
Getting out of bed is always dreaded, especially when the weather outside is sprightful, but with these warm Apple and Ginger Scones for breakfast, it’s never been easier to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Vegan-artist Hannah Kaminsky’s got plenty more of sugary stuff on that Bitter Sweet Blog of hers, including a funky Pumpkin Butter recipe, which, judging by its ingredients, depicts Christmas perfectly.
Everything should be special in the month of December, including bread. Envisioned by cookbook author and gluten-defeater Karina Allrich on Gluten Free Goddess, Gluten-free Cornbread stuffing with Maple Roasted Acorn Squash makes a healthy yet succulent side for any festive meal. Through her ingenious dishes, Karina displays delicious alternatives to gluten and for obvious reasons, we especially recommend the Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust. (We don’t blame you if you’re drooling as you read this).
Recipe and photograph by Karina for Gluten Free Goddess
Now, if there’s one girl who’s got her desserts all figured out, it’s Anita Chu. The Dessert First Girl blogger studied classic French patisserie to get the basics, and has been spicing things up ever since. We’re talking Couture Cinnamon and Snickerdoodle Macaroons or even Cherry and Coconut Cream Tart, so ladies (and gentlemen), we’re sorry to say that you may have to postpone that diet.
A component that can easily be eaten all-year round is pasta, and to adapt it to the jolly season, try Not Without Salt’s Sage and Walnut Pesto sauce. Food-blog award winner Ashley Rodriguez mixes sweet and sour flavors for a merry effect, as seen with her concoction. When it comes to gooey dessert, there’s no holding back– and her Butterscotch Pudding with Roasted Bananas and Whipped Cream speaks for itself.
Recipe and Photo by Ashley of Not Without Salt
Starters are always the trickiest during the holiday as they can’t be too fattening as to leave room for dessert but yet must also give a good impression (#Foodieproblems). The Sprouted Kitchen suggests a caramelized Cauliflower Soup for the ideal wintery amuse-bouche. When one starts off this well, one must end in style and for a refreshing and digestive finale to such a plumping meal (although we don’t recommend you eat all of the above in one repast), innovative Sara Forte’s forte is a Peppermint Ice Cream made from any leftover candy canes! Funnily enough, this foodie earned Saveur 2013’s “Best original recipes” title and we’re not surprised.
We wish you some good cooking and some even better eating– Bon Appetit!
From Leonore Dicker
Leo has been obsessed with food for longer than she remembers. Raised in cosmopolitan London by a French mother (who could’ve been a chef) and a German father (who could’ve been a critic), food has always been the center of everything. Writing is her second big love, and she has done so in Paris, New York, Kazakhstan and Beirut. She is currently experiencing the threesome of her deepest fantasies and writing about food.