Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Decor-Eat Your Tree SIMPLE SNOWFLAKE DECORATIONS ; Why Not Make Some Tasty Festive Decorations Instead of Buying Them?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Decor-Eat Your Tree SIMPLE SNOWFLAKE DECORATIONS ; Why Not Make Some Tasty Festive Decorations Instead of Buying Them?

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IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas... And that means lot of trees will be going up all around the country as families get into the festive spirit.

As well as baubles and tinsel and fairy lights, we all love to decorate the tree with goodies to eat but, while the chocolate novelties you buy from the supermarket taste good, it's easy to make your own scrumptious offerings too which will give you time together while you create them!

Alex Connell, principal tutor at The Vegetarian Society Cookery School, says: "These fun, simple ideas are great to get children involved with cooking - and can help brighten up your tree" He adds: "Most of these recipes can be altered to suit whatever you have in the cupboard, but the one ingredient you will definitely need is chocolate.

"You can use any you fancy: milk, dark, white, vegan - it's up to you."

FRUIT AND NUT PURSES INGREDIENTS: 100g mixed dried fruit and nuts 1 tbsp cocoa powder METHOD: "THESE are one of the easiest recipes to make with children," says Alex.

Simply mix the dried fruits (such as sultanas, pineapple, mango, apricots - it all works) and some unsalted nuts with a tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Place small amounts into a little cling film. Carefully wrap in Christmas paper, or place into festive bags and tie with ribbon to hang on the tree.

CHOCOLATE DROPS INGREDIENTS: 100g chocolate 100g dried fruit and nut Orange zest A pinch of spice (such as cinnamon and nutmeg) METHOD: 1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water which will prevent it from burning.

2. Add your fruits and nuts, orange zest and spice, and stir. Place blobs onto a baking tray lined with non-stick paper and set in the fridge.

3. When set, thread them onto cotton and tie to a ribbon ready for decorating the tree.

IF children are having fun - and chances are they will be - get them involved in creating more festive feasts.

These 'Christmas candles' would CHRISTMAS CANDLES INGREDIENTS: 1 large courgette Salt and pepper 45g cream cheese or vegan cream cheese 2 artichoke hearts from a tin, drained and chopped 2 sun- dried tomatoes from a jar, drained and chopped 1 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp chives, finely chopped To garnish: A few chives A few sun-dried tomatoes from a jar, drained and cut into thin strips METHOD: 1. …

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