Blogmas Day 13: Food Porn

When I was little, there was one magazine that just HAD to be bought at Christmas time! I remember trudging behind my mum in circles around WHSmiths and Woolworths whilst she kept muttering to herself things like ‘How can they not have any left?! We are barely out of November?!’ and ‘You’d think they would have just one bloody copy left wouldn’t you?’.

Eventually, we would locate a copy and she would pounce on it with added gusto, almost holding it aloft triumphantly… the Willy Wonka Ticket of the Magazine World.

I am of course referring to the yearly festive favourite that is known as the Radio Times.

I used to also carry this tradition for myself once I was an adult in a home of my own. Every year without fail myself and my Mum would both be on the look out for it and if my search was unlucky then I always had the comfort that I could have a browse through hers on a Sunday if needed.

Nowadays though, with the digital TV age where we have our entire telly viewing mapped out on the very screen it is being broadcast on, as well as every single channel having its own website that you can  speed through and browse any time, anywhere…. Well, the poor old Radio Times has just become a bit superfluous to me now.

So, a few years ago, I came across another magazine. A magazine so inspiring for the festive time of year, so full of tantalising treats and mouth watering ideas that I now browse all aisles of shops searching for it every December and as soon as I have it in my clutches, I too do the Willy Wonka Ticket pose!

“Hurrah!” I cry, “For I have found thee Good Food Magazine! With your amazing culinary tips and tricks, wizardry with food produce and high class photography that makes you want to leap into the page with a knife and fork. If only you were scratch and sniff!”

Ok, so I don’t actually say this aloud in the shop I discover it in but it certainly gets played out in my mind as I scurry to the cashier to take official claim on it as my own. And the great thing about every issue is that I obviously can’t make every single recipe it contains in one festive period so it just keeps on giving and giving every year. I have old favourites I wheel out and there is nothing more that I love to do than sit with my post it notes and mark the pages that have recipes on that I want to try.

Only this morning I brandished it at my sister when she popped over. She pawed at the pages happily, before looking up and saying ‘This has to be absorbed… with a cuppa and some peace and quiet’.

And she is so right. Which is exactly why I am going to step away from the computer, pop the kettle on, and grab my post its!

Until tomorrow lovely peeps, toodle pip!

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