Oh Come All Ye Tasteful: And Some Christmas

Oh Come All Ye Tasteful: And Some Christmas Items Tried And Tested…This week I have a special round up of all things Festive. All the things that I am loving at the moment. Some things I have been sent for review, some things I have purchased from the shops, some things I have already eaten!


1.) Cook Book: Oh Come All Ye Tasteful – The Foodie’s Guide to a Millionaire’s Christmas Feast written by : Ian Flitcroft. Around this time every year we like to find new seasonal recipes and try them out. I can get lost in a new recipe book, even more so when it is full of Christmas recipes. Now which recipe to try first!?! Oh yes coffee and cream.

Irish Coffee:


  • Good strong coffee
  • Double cream or whipping cream, very lightly whisked
  • Soft brown sugar
  • Irish whiskey

About the book:

  • The witty and hilarious Christmas cookbook is called ‘Oh Come All Ye Tasteful’ by Ian Flitcroft. ‘Oh Come All Ye Tasteful’ will help you create a Christmas dinner that is so wildly impressive that even the most curmudgeonly great aunt or begrudging mother-in-law will swoon. 
  • The book comprises a mixture of commentary and recipes to help you forget about the recession and celebrate the festive period like a King! Who’s for cooking a truffled turkey, brussels sprouts petit fours or reindeer nibbles? Read this over-the-top and hilariously funny guide to the festive period to find out how. 

2.) Mince pies: Well it would be rude not to. I do have a bit of a sweet tooth so anything in the sugar department gets my attention straight away! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with mince pies. I like the idea of them but not a fan of currants, raisins etc. Put some whipped cream on top though, mmmm. Pastry mmmm.

Crumbly all butter pies with a brandy laced mincemeat. They give you a nice warm glow after eating one. Perfect for an after dinner treat. I also had one with a nice glass of Rose wine over the weekend. So far these brandy laced mince pies are my favourite from Aldi. I like the idea of making my own, but they never taste as good as the shop bought ones.

  • Do you like to make your own? 
  • Do you like to buy from a shop?
  • Which brand are your favourite ones?
  • Do you like them with alcohol in them?


3.) Babycham, the original girl’s party drink, is making a comeback this festive season. The sweet, refreshing perry that launched in 1953 is still sparkling over 60 years on and is guaranteed to bring a touch of retro nostalgia to any Christmas party.

I remember this being of one of  my first alcoholic drinks. I bought them in sweet little bottles. I also have these retro glasses on the shelf. An excuse then to have a bottle in at Christmas. 

4.) Nut crackers: Last year we could not find a nut cracker anywhere. We searched everywhere but the only ones we could find were ridiculously expensive. With delivery after Christmas! Useless then. I saw this nut and nutcracker set in Lidl a few weeks ago for Β£2.99. I just had to buy it straight away!

5.) Christmas jumpers : I have a review of some Funky Christmas Jumpers here if you would like to read it?

6.) Chocolate pennies : I love seeing these at Christmas. Again bringing back childhood memories. When my Grandma used to buy them for me..

What Christmas goodies have you been buying lately?

About this post:
Some things I have been sent for review, some things I have purchased from the shops, some things I have already eaten! I was not paid to feature anything. All thoughts are my own.

Linking up with Tried and tested.

Claire Justine
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  1. Colette B
    15 November 2015 / 20:04

    I've just been debating on twitter whether it's too soon to start on the mince pies . . . I'm sorely tempted! Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

  2. Agent Spitback
    11 November 2015 / 12:21

    Ok…I must have mince pies now! Baby cham…oh…first memories too! I love Xmas and I can't wait now! Thanks for the round up. Hope to see you again at #abitofeverything

  3. Kate Fever
    11 November 2015 / 09:42

    Ah chocolate coins – always remember finding those in the bottom of my stocking on Christmas morning! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  4. Bookish Mummy
    11 November 2015 / 00:17

    Oh my goodness what a wonderful Christmassy post! I love it! Your images are so evocative of happy Christmas times. I never get to wear funky Christmas jumpers, or even ugly ones, because it's always so hot in Australia at Christmas time. But I've seen in our news recently that someone has designed beach rash vests to look like Christmas jumpers. I'm so excited. I can finally take part in this grand tradition. I'm also going to keep an eye out for Babycham! #abitofeverything

  5. The Perfectionist Sloth
    10 November 2015 / 23:37

    I love your outfit! Great jumper and trousers and a lovely photo. I want to get some mince pies now and chocolate coins now and start to be a bit Christmassy πŸ™‚ #ABitOfEverything

  6. MummyShire
    10 November 2015 / 23:31

    Babycham! That's a blast from the past! Christmas is virtually upon us…bring it on!!#TriedTested

  7. LadyBug Home & Design
    10 November 2015 / 23:23

    I love Christmas and enjoyed reading about the recipe book and other festive items. Thank you sharing. #TiredTested

  8. Jayne SMABL
    10 November 2015 / 20:26

    Oh I Love Christmas, I'm like a big kid!Great festive picks πŸ™‚ #TriedTested

  9. Jo Laybourn
    10 November 2015 / 18:28

    Santa is most definately on his way! Love the jumper!

  10. Angela Spicer
    10 November 2015 / 18:15

    Babycham is a always featured in our house on Christmas Day. It's the one drink my Mum likes to drink.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:27

      Aww lovely Angela, something special about having a bottle of Babycham in at Christmas …

  11. Jenn
    10 November 2015 / 15:27

    That Irish coffee looks wonderful…but I don't think I'm ready for all things Christmas yet!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:26

      Thanks Jenn, so much still to do here too πŸ™‚

  12. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    10 November 2015 / 13:22

    This all looks tasty! I love that bottle of babycham, so cute! I haven't gotten any holiday goodies yet. I better get moving!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:26

      Thanks Heather, this is the only shopping I have at the minute, but it keeps going down, ha πŸ™‚

  13. Coombe Mill
    10 November 2015 / 10:45

    I feel like I need to start Christmas shopping now! #TriedTested

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:24

      Thanks, I still have so much to plan πŸ™‚

  14. Baby Isabella
    10 November 2015 / 10:19

    What a great round up! Love the name of the book too! This Christmas jumper looks fun! Wendy get ourselves organised and start Christmas shopping! #TriedTested

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:23

      Aww thank you πŸ™‚

  15. Kim Carberry
    10 November 2015 / 10:12

    Ohh! I do love this time of year. I have already eaten so many mince pies. hehehe

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:22

      Hehe, I love this time of year too πŸ™‚

  16. Natasha Mairs
    10 November 2015 / 09:09

    oh that Irish cream coffee love so good!! #TriedTested

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:21

      Thanks Natasha πŸ™‚ it was so yummy ..

  17. Imogen
    10 November 2015 / 07:46

    Such an adorable collection of pictures, definitely amazing for the time of year.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:21

      Aww, thank you πŸ™‚

  18. Laura Yoder
    10 November 2015 / 03:47

    LOVE the Irish coffee recipe!!! Perfect for the season for sure!Laurawww.24-7style.com

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:21

      Thank you Laura πŸ™‚

  19. Tamar SB
    9 November 2015 / 22:59

    All perfect for the holiday season!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:11

      Thanks Tamar πŸ™‚

  20. Margarett Murphy
    9 November 2015 / 22:42

    Ooooo getting excited…Santa is coming !!!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10 November 2015 / 18:11

      This year is just flying by !!