If you’re looking for a book to curl up with this holiday season, look no further. The Christmas Cafe by Amanda Prowse is perfect Christmas reading.
Bea is 53, and she’s just lost her husband after 30 years of marriage. To distract herself from grief, she throws herself into her work running the Reservoir Street Kitchen in one of Sydney’s most fashionable districts. But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh prompts her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. Her journey will be one of self-discovery, as she is drawn back to a secret past—and a secret love—that she has tried to forget.
It’s charming, it’s sweet, and it’ll warm your heart.
Still chilly? I’ve got a recipe that will warm you right up. I first heard of whipkull on an episode of Booze Traveler and decided to try it out myself. With one success under my belt I can assure you this Shetland Island eggnog will be a hit wherever you serve it and great alongside this book (which is set in Scotland).
WHIPKULL One dozen Yolks of Eggs(fresh) One pound of Castor Sugar. one pint of Rum or Mead. One quart of sweet cream. method--Beat the yolks and sugar together till thick and creamy,add cream and rum or any spirit. Allow to stand for some time until ingredients are thoroughly blended;pour into glasses and serve.
– Recipe from Cookery for Northern Wives