Egg Nog Recipe - A Twist!

Tired of boring normal egg nog & want to try something new? Why not try our little twist on the traditional Christmas beverage by adding salted caramel sauce! You can thank us later!

  • In a mixing bowl (like these Joseph Joseph ones), beat your egg yolks until they lighten in colour. Gradually add the sugar until it is all dissolved. Then add the milk, cream and bourbon. Make sure you ate stirring constantly.


  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites in to soft peaks. Add a tablespoon of sugar until the peaks become firmer.


  • Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill the mixture in the fridge for a few hours, or until needed.


  • Finally, mix in your salted caramel sauce. Add in as much or as little as you like.


  • When serving your egg nog, pour into glasses & grate fresh nutmeg over the top. Finish off with a cinnamon stick.


So there you have it, our egg nog recipe with a twist. Now all that’s left for you to do is to put your feet up by the fire!


Yule Log Classic Recipe

Christmas is just a week away & no doubt you’ve got friends and family over for a few drinks & nibbles. This classic Yule log recipe is perfect for kids & adults alike and makes a delicious alternative for those who don’t like Christmas pudding!


For the cake:

  • 6 Eggs – Separated
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 1tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 55g Cocoa Powder
  • Icing Sugar (For Dusting)
  • Butter (For Greasing)

For the filling & icing:

  • 150g Mascarpone Cheese
  • 50ml Double Cream
  • 2 tbsp Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100g Dark Chocolate
  • 160g Softened Butter
  • 150g Icing Sugar

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment, leaving around 5cm overhang. Brush the base with melted butter.

Put your egg whites in a mixing bowl. Add a generous pinch of salt. Whisk the ingredients until they form peaks, & set aside.

Take another mixing bowl – add the yolks, vanilla and sugar & beat until pale & mousse like. Sift in the cocoa powder, and add in a big spoonful of the egg whites. Gradually add the remaining egg whites, and pour into the Swiss roll tin. Spread out in an even layer & bake for 20 minutes, or until risen & firm to the touch.

While the cake is baking, place a clean tea towel on your surface & lightly dust with icing sugar. Remove the cake from the oven & allow to cool for a few minutes. Turn out on to the tea towel & peel off the baking parchment. Carefully roll the cake up in the towel along the long edge.

To make the filling, beat the mascarpone in to a bowl. Add the double cream, 2 tbsp of icing sugar & 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract. or the icing, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Stir occasionally, then leave to cool slightly. In another bowl, mix the butter with the melted chocolate, then add the icing sugar. Chill this mixture for 10 minutes.

Unroll the cooled cake. Spread your filling evenly over the cake, leaving a few centimetres on each short edge. Roll the cake back up along the long edge & place on a plate. Cover the roll with your icing.

Decorate your Yule log as you wish. We have opted for plain icing, but you can sprinkle with icing sugar, use a fork to create a ‘bark’ effect, or even make a marshmallow snowman!

Now all that’s left to do is chill your Yule log in the fridge until you’re ready to serve, and enjoy!


Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming & if you’re anything like us you haven’t even thought about what to get everyone yet! Don’t panic though, we have a few Christmas gift ideas to take the stress out of shopping this festive season.


The Fun Gift – This Popper toy is perfect for keeping them amused on Christmas day & for months to come. A perfect stocking filler.


The Keepsake – This gorgeous Gruffalo cutlery set is something for your child to cherish.


The Educational Gift – ‘Takes & Adders’ (a twist on the popular ‘Snakes & Ladders’) will help your child learn while they play.



The Stocking Filler – This Ted Baker Hip Flask is an ideal gift, presented in a stylish gift box.


The Great Value Gift – This Gents Shoe Shine Kit is great for the man who has everything, and comes in a compact travel case.

Splashing Out – This Roberts Revival DAB Digital Radio comes in a selection of colours & 2 sizes & can be used at home or on the go.

The Stocking Filler – This cute Brokenhearted Water Bottle  is a great practical gift.


The Great Value Gift – These Sue Fenlon Tote Bags come in a selection of colours & patterns & will brighten up any outfit.

Splashing Out – Treat your special someone this year with a beautiful Lampe Berger fragrance burner & fragrances.


Stewarts Shortbread

Stewarts Fudge

Sweets


So there are our suggestions! If none of these really take your fancy then you can always have a browse through our entire gifts range online, or pop in store to have a proper look around.


Decoration Inspiration

Are you stuck for ideas when it comes to decorating this Christmas? Never fear! Take a look at our decoration inspiration. We have our list of essential items to turn your home from drab to fab!



Number one on the list of essential items this Christmas is a good blanket. Nothing says Christmas like snuggling in front of an open fire with a warm throw or blanket. Try this Fair Isle Throw for just the right amount of festive-ness! Instead, why not treat the kids to this Reindeer Throw?


An easy way to create a Christmassy ambience is with candles. Use a simple tea light in a holder like this one for simple elegance. Alternatively, try something scented like this Winter Glow candle.


Next on the list is a few festive cushions. Try something subtle like the Christmas Robins cushion, or go bold with this Gingerbread cushion.



No home would be complete without a wreath this Christmas. However, it can be expensive to buy a new one every year. A minimalist twist on the classic, this Grey Willow Wreath is perfect for indoors or out & is reusable!


We hope you have found our decoration inspiration useful. For more Christmas posts click here for our gift guide, and here for our table decoration inspiration.