VEGAN CHESTNUT CHRISTMAS COOKIES DIPPED IN POMEGRANATE GLAZE WITH TWIGG STUDIOS (ChF, V+)

As I woke the morning of Tuesday, November 8th, I was feeling pretty antsy, unsettled. And as the day progressed my unease grew into unmeasureable stress; my tummy felt like it was tied in a knot and by the end of the day I felt physically sick. Why? Cuz I knew there was a real chance that Trump could win. I dare not have said it out loud that faithful day, but I was well aware that it wasn't unimagineable. Till now I'm not sure how the man and the boy in my life managed to put up with me on the 8th or the days that followed for that matter as I was not myself, stressed beyond belief. But, in fairness I had good right to be, cuz when I woke in the odd hours of the morning Wednesday, November 9th (UK time), my worst fears were turning into reality - Trump was leading, taking all the key state along with him.

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RED CABBAGE SALAD WITH SWEET POTATO WEDGES FOR HEAL'S (ChF, GF, NF, R, V+)

Like any big metropolitan city, London is littered with shops where you can buy 'stuff' and spend money like noone's business. And during the run up to Christmas, it's so easy to do just that. So that begs the questions: How do you make Christmas meaningful whilst still honouring the tradition of giving those you love thoughtful presents? For me, I try and focus on gifts that can stand the test of time, that are beautifully made and showcase heart, craftsmanship, attention to detail and care. In short, gifts that actually are worth spending money on. And I know no better place in London to find presents that match this description than Heal's. In fact lots of my food photography props are from there and most of the plates you see in today's blog post stem from there too. This includes the large handmade Mervyn Gers dinner plates in sapphire and teal, the timeless Falcon enamel plates in blue and the Serax plate in aqua.

Other items that would make stunning gifts this Christmas are:

- THIS milk jug (too much gorgeousness!)
- these little amber glasses (want!)
- and this classy teapot (so much STYLE!)

Considering how much I love Heal's, it's been a total honour to finish my collaboration with them by sharing today's delicious vegan winter recipe, which only looks as good as it does because of the brilliant dinnerware they kindly provided me with. Thanks Heal's for supporting beautiful design and for continuously inspiring little food bloggers like myself ;).

P.S. I've also put a little Christmas gift guide together for The FeedFeed. You can find the link to my recommendations here.

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