Appetite For Distraction

Appetite For Distraction
Darina Allen: her no-nonsense Christmas episodes were a joy to behold

Darina Allen’s classic A Simply Delicious Christmas has been updated for the modern age, but nothing says Christmas like the Deirdre Barlow specs and 1980s vibes of the original

Deep down, I’ve never really forgiven my mother for not allowing me to make the chocolate Christmas tree from A Simply Delicious Christmas. Sculpted by Irish cooking royalty Queen Darina Allen herself, it taunted me from the pages of her iconic and legendary book throughout the 1990s. Immense and irresponsible volumes of cooking chocolate and Rice Krispies moulded into triangular branches and built into a towering beast of festive gluttony.

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