Dec 12, 2014

Christmas Countdown Guest Post and Giveaway: My Christmas Food Diary by Samantha Tonge

My Christmas Food Diary

My Christmas novel, Mistletoe Mansion, features lots of cake and I have to admit I love writing about food! So what could be more fun than writing a Christmas food diary? Here’s mine – and it is the same every year. I know what I like and don’t see the point in changing! So, here we go…

9am – breakfast, the same as any other day, that is chopped apple, muesli and yogurt, with a cup of decaff coffee. I’ve tried fancier food first thing for past Christmasses and my husband has even been known to go German and have a pork sandwich and beer, but if I don’t get my fruit and cereal early on in the day, I can’t function!

11am – Mmm, the first of many nibbles and drinks of the day. Either warm mulled wine or icy Sangria with a hot mince pie or cheesy nibbles. These are enjoyed whilst preparing lunch and casting an eye over all the presents we have opened. By now I am bathed, dressed, perfumed, raring to go and (to the rest of the household’s dismay) blasting out Michael BublĂ©’s Christmas album!

2pm – Christmas dinner, “The Works” – namely turkey, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing (vegetarian and pork), roasted parsnips and potatoes, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, cranberry sauce and gravy. Yum! And then a selection of hot desserts – either traditional Christmas, jam roly poly or chocolate sponge, all with custard or cream. Or, *cough* a slice of each one.  Next, after-dinner mints and coffee. (What is it about after-dinner mints and Christmas? I never eat them once, during the rest of the year). By now I am feeling ready to burst, but might still have room for a chocolate left out in one of the snack bowls in the lounge.

4pm – not really hungry (unsurprisingly) but hey, it’s Christmas, so after a bracing walk around the block, a cup of coffee and a chocolate from the tree, either a solid chocolate coin or a caramel-filled bell.

7pm – Feeling peckish again, so to start off – over a game of cards – a glass of cold white wine with a selection of olives, cheese and crisps. I prefer black, oily, soft olives (can you tell I’ve thought about this?!) and Red Leicester cheese.

8pm – Usually in front of a family TV programme, a thick cold turkey sandwich with crisps and pickles, followed by a slice of yummy marizipan Stollen.

       10pm – another coffee with, of course, a couple more chocolates… Followed swiftly by a tablet for heartburn!

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family, and two cats who think they are dogs. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Its fun standalone sequel is From Paris with Love. Mistletoe Mansion stars a new set of characters and is for fans of cupcakes and Christmas!

Kimmy Jones has three loves: cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts.
When Kimmy’s Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn’t approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far.
So, newly single - and newly homeless – Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she’s best buds with glamorous next door golf WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Merry Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn’t need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night…
Kimmy is finally living the life she’s always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she’s always imagined…?



  1. I just started reading this book. =]

  2. Samantha I'm glad I'm not the only one who squeezes in a chocolate lol. Enjoy Christmas xxx

  3. ^^ it would definitively be too many chocolate for my taste but a sweet here and there yes it's needed on Christmas. teh different is that we have the big meal in the evening ( christmas eve), some other special but lighter meal on christmas day

  4. Yummy,yummy food :)
    Thanks for the wonderful post Samantha :)
    Happy Holidays :)

  5. The book has such a lovely cover!

  6. I love marzipan stollen as well! I haven't bought a stollen yet this year but plan on doing so this week!


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