Rich pickings: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for an indulgent Christmas

Yotam Ottolenghi’s French onion soup gratin. Photograph: Louise Hagger for the Guardian. Food styling: Emily Kydd. Acouple of weeks ago, in Weekend’s winter food special, I argued that this Christmas we should let vegetables rule the roost. But if you’d rather have a bit of everything on the table, it’s fun to set those virtuous plates alongside others that are ... Read More »

Wines to treat yourself with over Christmas

Mistletoe and wine: pour yourself something memorable this Christmas? Photograph: Paul Harding/PA David Williams Sunday 20 December 2015 05.59 GMT Corney & Barrow Côtes du Rhône, France 2011(£9.50, Corney & Barrow) After last week’s bargain festive bottles, I’m setting my sights a little higher, with Christmas dinner wines from around £10 right up to serious splash-out territory. At £10, posh independent ... Read More »

Here’s a really easy way to make sure you don’t pile on the pounds this Christmas

Dr Miriam: Try bite counting to lose weight at Christmas No one wants to start counting calories with the festive season upon us. Counting calories is boring, right? Well, how about counting bites instead. No, I’m serious. It could work – and especially over Christmas and New Year. It’s scientifically accepted that to lose weight , we must consume fewer ... Read More »

Our Christmas tree: ‘We like making popcorn tinsel together’

What does our tree say about us? “For me, Christmas is a time to stop, reflect and enjoy what you’ve got,” says Gilly. “We like making popcorn tinsel together – it’s an American thing.” What the tree really says Forget subtly coloured Instagram spruces, ignore Kirsty Allsop’s crocheted baubles, turn your nose up at anything secured with coloured twine… This, ... Read More »

Why Christmas can be a let-down

Why is it that Christmas often fails to live up to our expectations? We plan for it months ahead with great enthusiasm, but when it arrives it often leaves us cold. If you recognise this description, and are facing the prospect of Christmas with some dread, read on. The reason that Christmas often disappoints can be explained, I believe, quite ... Read More »

How to Make a Starburst Christmas Tree Topper

Top your Christmas tree with sophisticated, space-age style this holiday season with a starburst-inspired tree topper made from inexpensive craft supplies. Materials Needed: 6″ foam floral sphere 9 wooden dowels sized 3/8″ 8 wooden dowels sized 1/4″ 12 wooden dowels sized 3/16″ small handsaw with miter box hot glue gun and glue sticks pen or marker roll of kraft paper ... Read More »

Gorgeous Decorating Idea for a Non-Traditional Christmas

This year bring a little change to your regular holiday decor with a mix of designs from Christmas past, present and future. Retro Holiday Decor It’s great to be modern, but the holidays are all about tradition. So be sure to add a little retro styling to your holiday decor to celebrate all the joys of Christmas past. Don’t be ... Read More »

Top 10 Hottest Christmas Trends for 2015

Decorating our homes for welcoming the most important holidays and other happy occasions in our life is a necessity to feel that there is something new which happens and to increase our pleasure. Christmas is among the happiest holidays that we celebrate once a year and it requires decorating our homes to be inviting. There are several indoor and outdoor ... Read More »

Christmas photo of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and family released

A new Christmas photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, has been released. Taken by photographer Chris Jelf in the gardens of Kensington Palace in late October, the photo shows the young family surrounded by autumnal foliage with the little prince dressed in a pair of shorts and his sister casually ... Read More »

Christmas Day: Latest Weather Bureau temperature forecast

The beach is always popular in Perth on Christmas Day but for the second year running, WA’s capital is looking at a mild and sunny December 25. PERTH is heading for a milder-than-average Christmas Day after high temperatures hit early next week, including a 39C Tuesday maximum. While the temperature will rise on Monday to 36C and peak on Tuesday, ... Read More »