Wel­come to Christ­mas

Olive - - Index - @Omagazine Laura Rowe, Edi­tor @lau­raroweeats

It’s here! Fi­nally! In magazine land we’ve been think­ing about the big day since July (hon­estly – we’re knee-deep in mince­meat and tur­key giblets pretty much as soon as the clocks go for­ward) but it never makes it any less special. It’s a time when fam­i­lies and friends come to­gether, cel­e­brate an­other year past, and are thank­ful for each other (and that it’s ac­cept­able to eat choco­late be­fore break­fast and drink al­co­hol at midday, or is that just me...?). Ei­ther way, it was with all this in mind that we planned our bumper Christ­mas is­sue. From our special, soft-touch cover (stroke it and tell me that’s not lush) and the tasty slice we chose to grace it with, to our guide to the ul­ti­mate fam­ily Christ­mas din­ner – ev­ery­thing has been care­fully con­sid­ered. Our white vel­vet snow­ball cake on page nine is what all of us at HQ will be mak­ing in­stead of a tra­di­tional fruit cake this year. It’s an ex­tra special, light and fluffy sponge flavoured with co­conut (the in­gre­di­ent of 2016) that looks in­cred­i­ble and tastes even bet­ter. The truf­fles on top, too, are the per­fect ad­di­tion to home­made Christ­mas crack­ers – find out how to make the lat­ter in our fes­tive, ta­ble-styling low­down at the back of the comic. We’ve also been shar­ing our ul­ti­mate recipes for Christ­mas din­ner with each other this year (and now with you). This meal is so per­sonal, af­ter all, we thought it only right that we re­veal what we re­ally cook when we’re at home over the hol­i­days. Ja­nine our food edi­tor, for ex­am­ple, makes life easy while still ramp­ing-up the flavour with her stuffed, porchet­tastyle tur­key crown, while my mum and I al­ways top our mince pies with vi­en­nese whirl bis­cuit. Get both recipes (and loads more) page 25. Inside, too, there are plenty of ideas for big shar­ing feasts – I es­pe­cially love the idea of the mix and match mac ‘n’ cheese bar – as well as healthy and quick mid­week recipes for the rest of the month. We’re pros here at O at find­ing the best short­cuts – for the third year in a row we spent the last month blind-tast­ing the best the su­per­mar­kets have to of­fer, se­lect­ing our favourites to make your life that lit­tle bit eas­ier in our Christ­mas Su­per­mar­ket Awards 2016. Read the re­sults and look out for our win­ners’ stick­ers in stores – it’s our stamp of ap­proval. We’ve also a sneaky look at the trends for next year (and there’ll be more on­line, too), a round-up of our favourite Christ­mas shop­ping des­ti­na­tions around the world if getting a glass of glüh­wein is as im­por­tant as stock­ing up on gifts, and ideas for food-in­spired trips in the new year. So, en­joy this month of ex­cess, let us know what recipes you’ve been cook­ing with the hash­tag #Oma­grecipes, and I look for­ward to see­ing you in Jan­uary. Merry Christ­mas my lit­tle olives!

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