- Christmas Cruises
12 Days of Blogmas
This Christmas, starting December the 1st, we’re bringing in the festive cheer with our new blog-orientated partnership – 12 Days of Blogmas. We’ve teamed up with 12 top bloggers, challenging them to create one post each focussing on a recipe or craft inspired by Europe’s famous Christmas markets. Think Munich’s bratwurst, Brussels’ spiced cider or Vienna’s succulent torte. For each and every day of Blogmas, you can expect to see posts from the world’s best bloggers who’ll be whipping up their own take on joyous holiday recipes.
Day 1 - Janine Marsh
Janine Marsh set up a blog called The Good Life France to keep in touch with
family and friends in the UK from her base in the middle of nowhere, rural
France. She wrote about the places she visited, the food, the people she met
and things that she loved and lots more, and shared her passion for photography.
To her surprise, complete strangers started to follow her writing and photos
and five years later, her blog reaches millions of people every month.
She has written a best-selling book about her life in France called My Good Life in France: in pursuit of the rural dream. When she’s not travelling around France, she writes in a converted pigsty in her garden where her 6 cats, 3 dogs, 4 geese, 27 ducks and 14 chickens can keep an eye on her.
Twitter - @lifefrance
Instagram - @thegoodlifefrance
Day 2 - Kate Dowse
My name is Kate and I am a gluten free, spare-time food and lifestyle blogger over at The Gluten Free Alchemist. I live in a Coeliac household in Kent in the UK. The Gluten Free Alchemist blog was born out of a need to record our family recipes so that they would be saved and would become a ‘cook book’ for my Coeliac daughter’s future.
Our family see being gluten free as a gift as much as a challenge. There are no limits to our determination in developing and creating gluten free bakes and recipes that rival their glutenous counterparts. We love to cook, eat and share our discoveries and we refuse to accept limitations whether at home or when eating out.
As keen travellers, we actively seek out great gluten free food wherever we go. The best memories are made from eating! We love to eat local produce and try local dishes, flavours and textures and often bring our inspiration home to recreate the foods we have seen and tried.
Twitter - @GFAlchemist1
Instagram - @glutenfreealchemist
Day 3 - Laura IancuLaura is an author, course creator, and coloring book illustrator from Valencia, Spain. She’s also a digital traveler with a severe case of wanderlust. Having visited over 250 places in 35 countries, she has a knack for packing light and always travels with just her carry-on. When not trying to find the perfect angle for her next Instagram photo, she’s probably typing on her laptop in a café. Unless it’s December.
Then rest assured you’ll find her sipping mulled wine at one of the many European Christmas Markets.
Twitter - @GFAlchemist1
Instagram - @glutenfreealchemist
Day 4 - Solange
I grew up in Provence where Christmases were always celebrated in the
traditional style. When I was a teenager, my parents moved to Lyon, French
capital of food. My love for cooking started there. But it’s not until years
later that I started a food-blog. The venture gave me the opportunity to
interview the best British Chefs and the most amazing foodies. I wrote for the
BBC Good Food magazine, the Metro, Great British Chefs before concentrating on
the food pages of the Greenwich Visitor for which I write a column.
My blog, Pebble Soup, still reflects my trial and tribulations. Next…..it will be all about the Lake District’s culinary delights for a guidebook which will be published in the autumn 2018 in the very popular “111 places, that you should not miss” series
Twitter - @solangeweb
Pinterest - @Pebble Soup
Day 5 - Choclette
Choclette is a wholefood vegetarian and vegan food blogger and has been publishing recipes on her blog since 2009. Food has always been one of Choclette’s passions. Her mother was a good cook using wholefood ingredients and vegetables grown in the garden. Having a firm foundation to build on, she likes to explore new methods and ingredients and develops recipes using novel, fermented and foraged foods as well as traditional ones. Whilst she has a sweet tooth and enjoys baking and all things chocolate, she likes to think there is a nutritious element to all of her recipes.
Day 6 - Michele Obi
Michele Obi is a lifestyle writer and professional blogger with over 12 years’ experience creating digital content. In 2003, she launched My Fashion Life – one of the UK’s leading fashion and lifestyle blogs – which has since gone from strength to strength, having been recognised by The Telegraph, the Daily Mail and The Guardian over the years.
Michele has also worked on campaigns for brands such as Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and Victoria’s Secret.
When she’s not blogging, you’ll likely find her listening to Prince and eating sushi.
Twitter - @myfashionlife
Instagram - @myfashion.life
Day 7 - Laura Scott
Laura Scott’s food blog, ‘How to cook good food’, is inspired by a
career as a chef that spans back 20 years. It features recipes and photographs
of her various concoctions from the past six years, while it was previously
awarded the ‘Best of Pinterest 2016’ award in the baking category, beating
strong competition from the likes of Mary Berry and Sainsbury’s Magazine
Aside from blogging, Laura enjoys teaching both adults and children how to cook in the private classes she runs. You’ll more than likely find her in the kitchen testing new recipes and feeding her family of taste testers!
Twitter - @laura_howtocook
Instagram - @laura_howtocook
Day 8 - Elizabeth Atia
Elizabeth is the author behind Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. She's an expat Canadian and, quite possibly, Britain's most northerly food blogger, writing from her kitchen table in the wild and remote Shetland Islands. She creates simple, home-cooking recipes using seasonal and local ingredients, on top of sharing her travel adventures from around the world.
When Elizabeth’s not busy in her kitchen she can be found out exploring on her mountain bike.
Twitter - @TangoRaindropInstagram - @tangoraindrop
Day 9 - Stuart Forster
Go Eat Do is a travel and food blog, which was established by the award-winning writer and journalist Stuart Forster in 2013. More recently, Stuart was shortlisted for the Travel Blogger of the Year award at the 2017 Travel Media Awards. He specialises in writing about Canada, the Netherlands and Germany, where he previously spent five years living in Munich.
This Christmas, you’ll find Stuart visiting
Christmas markets in Riga, Latvia, Bath and York.
Twitter - @GoEatDo
Instagram - @goeatdo
Day 10 - Suzanne JonesSuzanne Jones is a serial traveller always on the hunt for new culinary experiences. She runs the top UK travel blog, The Travelbunny, which is packed with wanderlust inspiration, food, photography and adventures for the over 40s. Her aim is to inspire others to travel and then give them the information, guides and tips they need to plan their own trips and make their own own unforgettable memories.
Suzanne grew up just outside Brighton on the
Sussex coast, which is probably why she never likes to be too far away from the
Twitter - @TheTravelBunny
Instagram - @thetravelbunny
Day 11 - Chris Mosler
Freelance writer Chris Mosler blogs at Thinly Spread where she shares recipes, kitchen stories, travels, adventures, crafts and family warmth from her home in deepest Somerset. If she’s not there she’s aboard her sailing boat meandering along the Jurassic coast with her husband and as many of her four children as she can persuade to join her!
After being vegetarian for 30 years, Chris has recently adopted a vegan lifestyle and loves sharing inspirational recipes full of flavour; her aim is to encourage people to reduce the amount of meat they eat by showing them just how delicious and easy a meat free life can be!
Twitter - @thinlyspread
Instagram - @thinlyspread
Day 12 - May Chong
May Chong is a London based food and travel writer, digital strategist and adventurous cook. She blogs at EatCookExplore.com, which has previously been voted a Top 10 UK gastronomy blog. May enjoys travelling, going on gastronomic adventures and experiencing different cuisines, as well as immersing herself in foreign cultures.
Twitter - @eatcookexplore_
Instagram - @eatcookexplore