A Victorian Christmas Special
Wow! What a week and it’s only Wednesday!
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.
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’.
Funny how food is never far from our thoughts!
Roast turkey, mince 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.
1) The good old-fashioned pud – perfect if you are going to create your own hamper
2) Cute and contemporary
Not a fan of the big old flaming variety? Try these light individual cupcakes from bbcgoodfood.com
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 foodie gifts and Artisan 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. Dont forget, you can create your own hamper with us, for something really bespoke.