Blog Update

Today we have moved the Christmas Countdown Blog over to a new hosting company. This should make the blog much faster when accessed from around the world, during the peak month of December and from mobile devices.

If you notice anything strange or not working on the blog do please leave a comment or get in touch and we’ll get it fix.

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Happy Christmas 2017

Just one last blog post now to wish you all a happy Christmas.  If you are cooking Turkey tomorrow then you might like to read my Turkey Cooking Tips page.  A couple of final tips tonight. Try and declutter the kitchen and get out everything you need tomorrow.  If you are worried about oven space then just cook the turkey first, then take it out and wrap in foil and cover with clean towels to keep the heat in. This actually improves the bird by letting the juices soak back into the meat and it will still be lovely and hot an hour or so later, which is plenty of time to cook your roast potatoes and parsnips etc.

Good luck, relax and have a lovely Christmas.

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Don’t miss Rick Stein – The Road to Mexico tonight

Just a quick post to alert you to the new Rich Stein series tonight at 9pm on BBC 2.  His shows are always an interesting mix of travel show and cookery and ideal viewing on these cold winter nights.  As you might expect he has a new book out to go with the series. 
Rich Stein Mexico

Update: I’ve spent a few hours this afternoon looking at various Rick Stein books and DVD’s and produced a Rick Stein Gift Ideas Guide.  If I’ve missed anything great please let me know and do leave a comment below on what you think of his new show tonight.

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New David Walliams Reading List and Gift Guide

Just a quick update to announce my new David Walliams Christmas Gift Guide:

It’s not often when David Walliams doesn’t have a book in the charts these days. His titles appeal to children and adults.  To save you time I’ve gone through reviews and Amazon and picked David’s top books to produce a helpful David Walliams Reading List and Gift Guide.  So if you’ve got children who have enjoyed one of David’s books, why not treat them to one of the other items on this list for Christmas.

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Christmas at Costa Coffee 2017

I popped into Costa on Wednesday (November 1st) and I suppose I was a little surprised to be greeted by the sound of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” as I walked through the door.  They really need to keep the Christmas music on pause until after bonfire night. Putting that aside, for now, it was good to get my latte served in this years Christmas cup design.

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design


I take a photo of my first Christmas Latte each year as it’s interesting to track how the marketing and branding change over the years; you don’t notice if you can’t put current trends into context with what has been done previous years.

My personal favourite was the Father Christmas design from 2014:

Costa Coffee Christmas 2014 Branding

See previous years here:

Costa Christmas 2016

Costa Christmas 2015

Costa Christmas 2014


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