Hannah Stewart’s Christmas Yule Blog
I have a problem. More specifically, a Pinterest problem.
I think Pinterest’s USP is that it shows us all these wonderful and cute DIY creations and convinces you, yes you, to think that despite not having a creative bone in your body – “Yes I CAN make that.”
I fall foul to this manipulation every year in December, otherwise known as the month of ‘Hannah’s Pinterest Fails’.
With years of failed experience under my belt, I have put together a short list of my top 5 doable Christmas treats – alongside my finished attempt, so you can judge for yourselves whether the pain and frustration was, in the end,worth it.
The candy cane appetizer
This delightful and aesthetically pleasing board was actually rather easy and pain free. I would recommend this one if you’re pressed for time and want a charming centre piece. Or perhaps if your children desperately want to be involved in dinner preparations – Yes this is my way of saying even a child could do it.
However, as you can see my presentation could use a bit of a Christmas miracle.
Cucumber Christmas trees
While cute, this is tricky and you will wish to never lay eyes on a carrot or cucumber again. I recommend keeping any young children out of earshot while making this one…and keep the plasters handy.
But with only two ingredients it’s certainly worth a try.
The Nutella pastry Christmas tree
This one is now a staple in my life, I would even go so far as to say that I have perfected it. My main recommendation is to resist the temptation to chuck most of your Nutella pot into the making of this tree. While the idea of copious amounts of Nutella is grand, the result isn’t. Moderation is key!
Rice Krispie Christmas puddings
I’m sure as children we all made some variation of a Rice Krispie treat – so this one is a breeze! The Pinterest picture shows the use of a real leaf as a finishing touch. DO NOT BOTHER. It’s fancy but altogether a thankless andunnecessary task.
Cheese is always a must for any occasion, and while I would usually say “don’t mess with cheese, it’s perfect as it is”, this is an exception.
I’ve baked this many times, but have yet to master making it look as neat as the Pinterest picture. So if you manage to keep the camembert contained – my email is on the Haggie Partners website.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Well Pinterest does bloodywell try, and often succeeds, in making you feel like a culinary failure – but I hope the above suggestions serves as a tried and tested guide into what we can all have a go at this Christmas.