Make this blackberry gin recipe ahead of Christmas with just three ingredients and it will be ready to enjoy over ice or as a dop in a glass of fizz over the festive period. It will keep for a month so label accordingly.
Tomato chilli chutney recipe. This is a great make-ahead recipe as it's actually better if you make it around a month in advance. A great present for a foodie – make a mini hamper with this chutney, a nice cheese and some homemade oatcakes
Kingham Hill House, Kingham When the present owners bought it, Kingham Hill House was a sea of brambles and ground elder. Now, however, it is a haven of foxgloves, delphiniums, topiary, wisteria and Japanese maples.
Christmas Rocky Road: It’s not that I felt my usual Rocky Road Crunch Bars needed any improvement (though fiddling with recipes is one of life’s pleasures) but I thought they would benefit from some seasonal adjustment. So, out go the Rich Tea biscuits and in come amaretti and – in the seasonal spirit – I’ve crammed in some Brazil nuts and glacé cherries (as red as Rudolph’s nose), along with snowy mini marshmallows.