A Victorian Christmas Special

Wow! What a week and it’s only Wednesday!

We have been super busy at Love Local for Foodies, preparing for the Victorian Christmas Market at Gloucester Quays, which starts tomorrow.

This really marks the start of the Christmas season at Love Local and we couldn’t be more excited!

It’s where all the hard work, thought and care we put in to creating our unique Christmas food gifts, really pays off and we get to have some fun!

While we dust off our Victorian threads and add the finishing touches to our stall, it’s worth remembering that nearly all of the Christmas traditions we enjoy today came from The Victorian era.

THE TREE & DECORATIONS

The marriage between Queen Victoria and German-born Prince Albert started the ball rolling, as Prince Albert introduced a tradition reminiscent of his childhood in Germany, the Christmas tree.

THE SENTIMENT

Dickens did his bit to set the scene and encourage wealthy Victorians to give thought and distribute gifts to their less fortunate neighbours, as beautifully illustrated in his literary masterpiece ‘A Christmas Carol’.

THE FOOD

Funny how food is never far from our thoughts!

Roast turkeymince pies (of the meatless variety), egg nog and the pièce de résistance, the Christmas pudding, all evolved during Victorian times.

Traditionally, the Christmas pudding should be made on ‘Stir-up Sunday’ which is the last Sunday in November. That’s Friday 27th this year!

To get you in the mood, here are three CHRISTMAS PUDDING RECIPES  we’ve found for you this year, to suit your fancy.

Plum Pudding

Original photo from deliciousmagazine.co.uk

1) The good old-fashioned pud

The definitive recipe for a real, old-fashioned Christmas pudding – inspired by the legendary, Victorian, domestic goddess, Mrs Beeton. Try this Plum Pudding at delicious.

Christmas Pudding Cupcakes

Original photo from BBC Good Food

2) Cute and contemporary

Not a fan of the big old flaming variety?  Try these light individual cupcakes from bbcgoodfood.com

Mary Berry

Image used from brandalley.co.uk

3) Nice and fruity for the health conscious

You can always rely on Mary Berry. Here is her fruitier, lighter recipe, beautifully described and illustrated at BrandAlleyBlog

Love Local for Foodies would love to see you down at the Quays.

Come and say hello and see what special gifts and hampers we have lined up for you this year.  Get an early start on your Christmas shopping and soak up the seasonal atmosphere at GQ Victorian Christmas Market from 19 – 22 November.