Home Cooking Holiday Inspiration

The holiday season is a time when many of us go hunting for home & kitchen inspiration, in search of a recipe or idea to give the home warmth and seasonal comfort. Over the years, Sparkling Ink offered up many delicious treats to liven up Christmas and other holidays. A few of the best are featured below, with many more available on the blog.

This material is reproduced in a not-for-profit capacity under a Creative Commons license, and hopefully offers a great taster of the types of delicious sweet & savory inspiration found on Tiina's site over the years.

Chocolate Fruitcake

Christmas wouldn't be the same without the presence of traditional culinary offerings, from mince pies to fruitcake, and Brussels sprouts to mulled drinks - even for those of us with alternative tastes these treats often form part of the essential Christmas 'experience'. Tiina's incredible chocolate fruitcake features dried fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange juice, cocoa powder and powdered sugar amongst a host of other ingredients.

After preparation, cut a snowflake stencil from paper, and place it on top of the cake. Dust the cake with powdered sugar and remove the stencil for a beautiful seasonal look that's sure to impress family and friends alike!

Mulled Apple Cider

This simple mulled apple cider warms up the night with its invitingly cozy scent of the holidays. A simple festive treat, it can be prepared with apple cider, a cinnamon stick, vanilla, nutmeg and clementines. Served hot this mulled cider is a warming taste for the perfect winter.

Halloween Decorative Inspiration

Halloween and Thanksgiving together mark the beginning of the late festive season, and whilst primarily North American celebrations, a growing European consciousness has led to an increasing number of decoration ideas from this side of the Atlantic.

This site is provided for informational purposes only. Its operators are in no way associated with the operators, writers or staff of the original Sparkling Ink blog.