How to: Host a traditional English Christmas
Everyone knows that the English love their tea, and the holidays are the perfect time to break out your favourite Christmas blends. Serve up an after-dinner brew in a Spode tea set – the classic Christmas Tree print was first introduced by the Stoke-on-Trent pottery company in 1938 and has been a British holiday icon ever since. Spode Christmas Tree cup and saucer, William Ashley, $30 for the pair.
It’s simply not Christmas in the UK without the classic Christmas pudding to finish off a festive feast. Its origins date back to medieval England, and the dense pudding is filled with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Treat guests to this rich and fruity British dessert, topping it off with brown sugar sauce or creamy custard. Plum pudding with sauce, Hudson’s Bay, $11.
A British Christmas dinner is not unlike a Canadian festive feast – turkey or roast, stuffing, all the trimmings – but no English meal is complete without Yorkshire puddings. Dating back to the 18th century, Yorkshire puddings are light, fluffy hollow rolls best served smothered in gravy. Get the recipe: Yorkshire pudding