Marmite butter sprouts; the most important vegetable of the year gets all dolled up for Christmas…

Sprouts. Has there ever been a more divisive vegetable to grace arguably the most important plate of the year? Baby things are always considered cuter than their grown-up counterparts but rarely has anything as inoffensive as a teeny-tiny cabbage ignited so much fervent arguing over whose plate – if any – they end up on but guys, come on. As with so many things in life, I truly believe that if you don’t like it, it’s just because you’ve not found the right way of eating it.

Obviously this doesn’t count where broccoli is concerned because we all know that’s clearly the Devil’s favourite foodstuff.

Plucked from the pages of October’s Good Food Magazine, an issue that promises your easiest Christmas ever, these sprouts are definitely worthy of a place in your festive feasting. Full of savoury, umami flavours from the Marmite and a slick richness from the butter, the charred leaves are crispy, moreish and may just prove to melt even the most hardened of haters’ hearts.

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Start your Christmas feasting at M&S now…

Halloween is over, the festive adverts have launched and it’s totally acceptable to have a mince pie or six with your morning cuppa…start your engines ladies & gents, Christmas is a-coming.

Although you’ve no doubt started to see some of the gorgeous food products hit the shelves of your local food hall, sometimes it’s nice to get a peek at all of them together which is exactly what happened at this year’s M&S Christmas Press Show…

Set up in the absolutely beautiful One Embankment building on the banks of the Thames, this was a chance to glimpse what exactly we’d be wearing, eating, drinking & lusting over come December…or November…or October depending on how soon you like to get your festivities started!

Flowers walls of snowy roses and mirrored rooms sparkly with the twinkling from a hundred baubles set the celebratory mood with a wander through menswear to kick things off…

…smart, well cut and understated garments made for the kind of subtly stylish wardrobe any man would be happy and confident to wear and David Gandy’s new Autograph range was both cosy and dapper enough to keep Christmas comfortable enough for the sofa and smart enough for unexpected guests on the lookout for a snifter of Baileys.

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Christmas in July anyone? Getting beautifully & deliciously festive at the M&S Christmas show…

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Well hello dear readers! How are you on this vaguely sunny Sunday afternoon? For anyone who has set foot out of their door over the past few days, it will come as no surprise when I tell you that the temperatures in London town reached 34 degrees over the past week.

34 degrees. The Bakerloo line was a treat of which I cannot even bring myself to remember now that I’m free of it…

What 34 degrees is, my friends, is the weather of ice cream, ice pops & jugs of ice laden fruit drinks. What it does not automatically lend itself to are contemplations of Christmas and the festive season. Sampling dollops of glorious Christmas Cake Jam smeared onto on slivers of sourdough as a droplet of perspiration – because ladies don’t sweat of course – inches its way down your neck might sound an unusual pairing but that is exactly what last week brought us. Christmas in July courtesy of M&S and a sneaky preview of their fabulous festive offerings. Read More