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In the blink of an eye a year can pass – it’s hard to be­lieve the fes­tive sea­son is just around the cor­ner again! The win­dows of the ma­jor depart­ment stores have started to sparkle with Christ­mas glit­ter, and we find our­selves think­ing about pre-or­der­ing hams and tur­keys, and won­der­ing how we’re go­ing to be able to af­ford presents, food and fes­tive fun for the ap­proach­ing De­cem­ber dead­line. With the party sea­son get­ting into full swing, the main fo­cus, as al­ways, is on food. What’s for din­ner? What will I make for the school fete? What can I pre­pare ahead for this week­end’s gath­er­ing? With this in mind, I’ve de­cided to ded­i­cate this is­sue to en­ter­tain­ing on a bud­get and get­ting or­gan­ised for Christ­mas (go on, give your­self a gold star!). We have punch for a crowd (p14) to quench ev­ery­one’s thirst, plus some pretty tasty fin­ger food like our amaz­ing cover recipe, Ba­con & Egg Bread Quiches (p30), and quick Mex­i­can que­sadil­las (p10). We also fea­ture make-ahead magic – check out our mighty meat­loaves (p6). Fi­nally, let me dan­gle the Christ­mas car­rot so you’re re­ally pre­pared for Santa – be tempted by our tri­fles (p22) and freezer pleaser fruit cake (p79), not to men­tion our Christ­mas curds (p66), which you can give as ex­tra-spe­cial gifts. For now, I’m off to write my shop­ping list and start stock­ing up so I can also man­age my Christ­mas mon­ey­box. And re­mem­ber, all you need is love, and a lit­tle Christ­mas cake to make your world go round.


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