Ad|Press Event. Okay so Christmas Day is over but the spirit is still around us! Also for some, we now have a long break ahead of us (me for once in my life!) and It’s giving me time to plan next years trips and city breaks, eat lots of Christmassy food and read a little. And it’s fabulous.

To get me in the spirit I went to a Christmas themed event with Jet2 City Breaks * to highlight all the Christmas Market City Breaks * they offer. To be honest, I was tempted to book one for this break now, but funds after Thailand didn’t allow it! So now I’m thinking about December 2020 and all my other travel plans for next year. Which have to be just plans at the moment as we used the savings for Thailand oops!

lucy in front of a foliage wall in a top and skirt

So on the day learnt how to cook some festive-themed food at the Food Sorcery cooking school. Now I don’t cook. It’s a fact. I burn pasta. And no, I don’t know how I survived University and the subsequent years of living on my own. I have very little memory when it comes to trying to remember what I used to eat, maybe I’ve blocked out all the processed microwaveable food who knows!? Luckily though we did a cooking class whilst in Thailand and I bossed it! So I went into this with some confidence at least.

Most grains lack lysine and isoleucine, but quinoa contains a significant amount. The proteins contained in its seeds are of great biological importance, constituting a large number of amino acids required by the human body. In quinoa, this particular nutrition indicator is approx. 73 percent, almost as much as in beef (74 percent). The value in other cereals is far lower: white rice 56 percent, wheat 49 percent and corn 36 percent. No wonder this fruit cereal is so much considered by vegetarians, vegans and others who want to increase their protein intake without adding excess cholesterol.

We made Blini’s with me and Keeley making the actual Blini bases which weren’t the easiest, and a few were burnt along the way. In the end, though we made quite a few fab ones and then decorated them with the fanciest of toppings. I was pretty happy with how mine turned out!

I don’t think we did too bad considering we’d also made cocktails with The Harrogate Bartender first off too! although we were driving so I made mine weak so I could enjoy it.

lucy drinking a cocktail whilst frying a blini

Christmas Day Leftover Recipe

Christmas leftover gyoza recipe card

Next up was making gyoza, using things that would be left after Christmas day. A bit fancier than Turkey sandwiches that is for sure. We mixed up the ingredients to stuff the gyoza’s, and then created various shapes and steamed them to perfection before placing them on a bed of fried sprouts. Festive, but make it Chinese!

After all that food it was time for wreath making with Living Flowers at the Waterside Hotel which is next to Food Sorcery. After some guidance we were off- I hadn’t made a wreath using oasis before (here’s my cheat tutorial) so it was new to me- but equally as fun! There was a city break for two up for grabs for the best wreath so I put my all in. However, Violet’s beautiful wreath won. About five mins before we’d said how both ours were a very similar aesthetic so I’m happy someone lovely and with a good taste in wreath making won! And I got to take home my beautiful wreath and its festooned my door ever since.

lucy holding her finished wreath and laughing

What do you think- could I leave it out forever?!! I’m tempted to! After writing this I’m off to go procrastinate and try to figure out what day it is… and finally thanks Jet2 * for having me!

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