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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Twenty: Christmas Food Around the World

Christmas is celebrated in 160 countries around the world and surprisingly they don't all eat turkey and sprouts! We wanted to take sometime out of our very Western preparations for Christmas and bring you some new, fresh ideas from around the globe, here are some of our favourites!  In Belgium they eat a Christmas version of Cougnou, known as Cougnolle, which...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Seventeen: Christmas Cocktails

Christmas is the time of raised spirits, in both senses of the word! Enjoy a little festive cheer with our favourite Christmas tipples! Champagne Framboise. Simple yet elegant! You will need 1 cup of fresh raspberries 1 bottle of chilled champagne 200ml brandy 8 tsps fresh lemon juice Method Soak your raspberries in brandy for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, make sure that your champagne flutes are chilled. Add 1...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Fifteen: Christmas Menu

No need to plan a Christmas menu this year, we've done it for you! Pink Grapefruit with Port  Click here to get a detailed recipe of this simple appetizer.  Roasted Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing A must for every Christmas dinner. Look no further than this classic recipe from our head chef. Stuffing (for a 5.5 kg turkey) 450g chestnuts (canned or fresh and peeled), chopped 225g breadcrumbs 75g butter salt...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Fourteen: Alternative Ways of Spending Christmas

If you're bored of a traditional Christmas and don't feel like eating your weight in turkey, before falling asleep on the sofa in front of bad TV, consider spending your Christmas day in one of the following ways: Get Involved with a Charity Christmas is the time for giving, and what could be more selfless than giving up your Christmas Day and...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Twelve: The Do's and Don'ts of Corporate Christmas Parties

Here it comes again, the unavoidable corporate Christmas party. For some people the office Christmas Party is a very important date in their calendar, they see it as a reward for all of their hard work; while for others the thought of spending the whole evening with colleagues outside of normal working hours is less than appealing.  We have compiled a...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Five: Mulled Wine Recipe

What's better than a lovely hot glass of mulled wine on a chilly winter evening? ...No we can't think of anything either. A guaranteed spirit raiser, mulled wine is a delicious seasonal treat which has been a Christmas tradition for hundreds of years. There are many different takes on this classic drink but here is our favourite recipe:  You will need: One bottle of...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Four: DIY Christmas Cards

There is no Christmas present without a Christmas card, and though we have plenty of card shops around, it's so much nicer to add a personal touch to your gift by making a card yourself. Remember those childhood days, when we were so proud of our handmade creations? Well, back to the those times then. All you need is a...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Two: Novelty Christmas Gifts Ideas

We hope you're feeling a lot more festive following our blog yesterday,' How to get into the Christmas Spirit'. Today we need to talk Christmas shopping (don't wince at that, we have a very helpful guide!) It is very enjoyable indeed to receive presents, but it could turn out to be quite a stressful experience buying them, especially, if you leave it...
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Insight into Two Corporate Christmas Parties in Central London 2012

From dancing discos and magicians to formal dinner parties and carol services, Party Ingredients were delighted to cater at a huge variety of Christmas parties throughout December. Two of our biggest events were held in Guildhall and Trinity House. Guildhall was transformed from a venue that hosts state banquets into a glittery spectacle of glamour, perfect for this canapé and bowl...
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Christmas Pudding Vodka (and Vodka Mincepies): The bottling!

Finally we conclude the Christmas Pudding Vodka saga which started at the end of October. Our Christmas Pudding Vodka has been stewing for a couple of months (longer than the recipe required but there's no harm done) and the 100ml bottles arrived so time to get bottling. Pouring the mixture through the muslin was a two-person job as the bag gets quite heavy...
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