Keeping warm this winter

Keeping warm this winter

Best Gifts for Keeping Warm this Winter

Christmas is almost upon us, but unfortunately so are cooler temperatures. If you really want to give your loved ones a gift they can use next year, consider buying them something that will help them keep warm. There are thousands of great gift ideas that will help warm their hearts with joy – and their actual bodies at the same time! The following is a list of some of the best ideas of giving winter gifts that your loved ones and friends will use on a regular basis, throughout all of the winter season.

Clothing Options

First off, if you are shopping for someone you know well, such as a close family member or a good friend, then you may want to consider buying a coat for them. A coat is something that is always needed and most people appreciate having a few choices to select from in the morning. Although you can get by with one winter coat, having options for cold blustery days can help lighten the mood a little bit. Bright colours are in this season, so think about choosing a coat in a colour that is not black, brown, or grey to really thrill a family member.

If a coat is a bit too much, you can always stick to the winter accessories that are just as necessary. Matching sets of scarves, gloves, and hats are always appreciated and will almost always be well used. This is a great gift for young children, and also a useful gift for adults, because when the snow starts falling everyone wants to bundle up. You can find accessories in various styles and trends, so make sure to keep the fashion sense of the person you are shopping for in mind. Choose a classic style, since that is more likely to match the winter wear they already own.

Liquid Refreshment

Mugs and teacups are another great item to buy during Christmas if you want to help keep friends and family warm, because nothing warms the body better than a hot beverage. On the coldest day, you can instantly warm up if you sip something warm, so why not purchase a fun mug or thermos for your loved one. You can add to the gift by also buying their favourite tea or coffee, and adding it to the present so that it becomes a gift package instead of just a mug. This is a great way to ensure that you buy them something useful this season.

Finally, for the older friends and family members in your life, you can always buy a gift package of whiskey or brandy to help warm their spirits during the cold winter. Everyone likes a quick sip of something strong to add a little fire during the cold winter months. Simply pick out a drink you know they will like, and just wait for their face to light up when they unwrap the present.

Why not buy them fuel

It may not be the most romantic Christmas gift but it is very practical – help keep someone warm this winter in Northern Ireland by ordering them fuel online.

Cooking your Christmas Turkey

Cooking your christmas turkey

Great Ways of Cooking your Christmas Turkey

Something a wee bit different from us from this December blog.  We all love our Christmas dinners and we were wondering all the different ways people have their turkey at Christmas.

One of the best ways to enjoy the holiday season is sitting down with the family for a huge Christmas dinner. However, in order to make sure that your meal is perfect, you have to make sure that you have a great turkey prepared as the centrepiece dish. Everyone has slightly different tastes when it comes to preparing turkey, so you may want to read over the following methods before you cook yours, and choose the one that appeals to your family. You can’t go wrong serving a huge bird with all of your family’s favourite fixings!

Roasting

First of all, you can simply roast your turkey in the oven, which is probably the most traditional way to serve a turkey. However, just because it is traditional, does not mean that it will be lacking in taste. Consider rubbing your turkey in butter and garlic, or a seasoning of your choice, to give it extra flavour. You can also purchase flavour injections to give the meat even more taste as it tenderly roasts in the oven. The longer the turkey cooks, the more flavour it will have and the softer the meat will be, until it almost falls apart in your mouth.

Braising

If you prefer to take a non-traditional route that is a bit more sophisticated, then consider serving a braised turkey this Christmas. Foodies generally are huge fans of braised turkey, because this is the easiest way to make sure that the slices stay moist. Although it does mean that you will have to dissect the turkey and serve it in pieces, the end result will be moist and flavourful bites, which may help bring new life to your bird. This is a great choice for those who have family members that claim to hate turkey because it is so dry!

Deep Frying

Deep fried turkey is quickly becoming fashionable, and while the tradition may have started in the southern states of the US, it is creeping its way into all geographic areas. While it’s not the healthiest, it is undeniably one of the tastiest ways to serve turkey. Plus, it is an extremely quick process, so instead of spending hours waiting for your turkey to cook you can simply deep fry it in under an hour. If you want to get the most out of the experience however, you should soak your turkey in a brine of brown sugar and kosher salt for at least eight hours, to get the meat infused with plenty of flavour. You will also want to do this outdoors, because the splatter and mess is not easy to deal with.

Smoking

If you like the idea of cooking the turkey outside, so that you have room in your oven for everything else, but don’t like the idea of deep frying then you may want to think about smoking your turkey. Wood chips add a unique taste to the bird, to the point that you don’t even have to worry about seasoning or soaking the turkey before you place it in the smoker – although adding a bit of seasoning will still help bring all of the flavours together. Wine, apple cider, and bourbon are all great ways to brine the turkey before placing it in the smoker. Bon appetit!