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French Christmas posts round-up

French Christmas 2016

  French Christmas traditions are quite different from UK ones, but whether you eat twelve desserts in one night or have a takeout curry on Christmas Eve, they are all pretty special. I bought the special Radio Times Christmas TV schedule yesterday and had a moment’s panic because it means the Christmas countdown is on and I’ve […]

The Mysterious Tradition of Weepy Christ...

The Mysterious Tradition of Weepy Christmas adverts

Around this time of year, Britain gets taken over by a slightly bizarre (to me) early Christmas adverts tradition. Major supermarkets and popular department stores have an unofficial competition for most soppy, heart-strings-pulling, commercially near-irrelevant, cuteness-overload weepy Christmas advert. John Lewis opens the flood gates everywhere and is always a strong contender for ‘Best Christmas Advert’, if […]

Raspberry and Lychee Chocolate Log

Raspberry and Lychee Chocolate Log

  I’ve been threatening to translate this recipe from the original French for a while now, and so here it is. This is the third year I’ve made this delicious dessert for Christmas, although let it be known that it can be done for any special occasion and no one will think ‘why is there […]

Christmas Day Menu, Franco-British Style

Christmas Day Menu, Franco-British Style

  Our Christmases are small affairs. Just us and the girls, with one or two extra guests for Christmas Lunch, usually people from church who have nowhere to go for the holiday. We spend a leisurely morning with the girls eating breakfast and opening presents, then our guest arrives and we sit down for lunch […]

French Christmas Eve Traditions

French Christmas Eve Traditions

  In my early years in the UK, I usually went back to my parents at Christmas so I rarely experienced a full-blown British Christmas. The couple of times I did however, it was glaringly obvious that the UK and France don’t have the same traditions AT ALL when it comes to Christmas Eve, a few […]

Is this…the funniest Christmas song ever

Is this…the funniest Christmas song ever?

Today, I give you my new favourite funny Christmas song, beating all previous contestants including the family favourite ‘When A Child Is Born’ by Johnny Mathis. It’s funny for the wrong reasons but I don’t care, it is a glorious rendition of O Holy Night and I will not apologise.   Anyway… What’s your favourite […]

Is this the worst Christmas Song ever wr...

Is this the worst Christmas Song ever written?

I’m always on the lookout for new Christmas songs, and I had not heard this particular treasure before but believe me, it’s one of a kind. Unless, of course, you like soppy tear-jerkers that shamelessly play with your emotions. I will definitely be adding it to my top 5 bad Christmas songs. What do YOU […]

A Christmas Advent Calendar for non-craf...

A Christmas Advent Calendar for non-crafty types

Once upon a time, I was an avid painter and drawer, then life happened and the creative well ran dry. For me, it coincided with adulthood, work, and having less free time and other activities to focus on. I do get the itch from time to time to pick up a brush or a pen, […]

Musical Christmas Cheer (or not)

Musical Christmas Cheer (or not)

We like to be a bit different a la casa del Frog when it comes to Christmas music. We listen to all the popular songs but we like to add other more obscure tracks to our playlist. Personally I like it that not all Christmas songs are full of cheer but that some are a […]

Stollen Tasting #2

Stollen Tasting #2

Welcome to our second Stollen tasting, with a surprising outcome, at least for me. Shop/Make: Bahlsen Edel-Marzipan Stollen Size/Weight: 500g Presentation/Attractiveness: 3 I’ve come to the conclusion it is hard to make a stollen look bad but it was slightly odd in that it looked a bit like a roll. Amount of Icing Sugar: 4 Very white looking all […]

 
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