Goodbye Christmas, Hello New Year!

And so the Christmas festivities are over.  The few days of gluttony have passed and it’s onto New Year preparations and planning what resolutions we won’t be keeping!  For us, this Christmas was about celebrations, spending time with friends, family and each other, and generally enjoying having almost 2 weeks off work to do guilt free nothing!

Our festive celebrations started with our friends wedding in Peebles, in the beautiful Cringletie House Hotel.  It was a great day with fantastic food, great music and a bar with an impressive whisky selection!

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We then had to rush back up to Edinburgh as my parents were arriving.  The next few days seen us have a nice family Christmas Eve lunch at Centotre, a lovely Christmas Day walk in South Queensferry ending with hot chocolate in Orocco Pier, and Stuart’s family joining us on Boxing day for another feast!


As we aren’t big Turkey fans, Christmas dinner is not ‘traditional’ for us!  This year, having bought Jamie’s 15 minute Meals, we went for Golden Chicken, Braised Green and Potato Gratin (it definitely didn’t take 15 minutes!), followed by this quick and easy Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding, using some Panettone I brought back from Italy with me in October!

Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding (From BBC Good Food)


50g Butter, softened
250g Panettone (about 5 medium slices)
2 Eggs
142ml Carton Double Cream
225ml Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp. Caster Sugar
Icing Sugar, for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 3 and grease a 1.5 pint shallow baking dish with a little butter
  • Cut the Panettone into wedges, leaving the crusts on
  • Butter the slices lightly with the rest of the butter
  • Cut the slices in half and arrange them in the dish, buttered side up
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, vanilla extract and sugar
  • Pour evenly over the Panettone
  • Put the dish in a roasting tin and pour hot water around it to a depth of about 2.5cm / 1 in.
  • Bake for 35 minutes until the pudding is just set (it should be yellow inside and nicely browned on top)
  • Dust with icing sugar and serve with whipped or poured cream or even ice cream!

This is also nice done with Pain au Chocolat instead of the Panettone!!


After a few days break of gluttony, its now back on the wagon for the New Year Feasting!