December is upon us and it’s a great time to re-kindle connections with family and friends of old. The outdoor kitchen is a little sparse, with a few roots and sloes about, but if you’re lucky you’ll still be able to harvest one of Britain’s true delights – sweet chestnuts.
Our recipe for this month is chestnut and squash soup but you may also like to hunt down Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall’s delicious recipe of chocolate and chestnut cake!
Our monthly festival is the winter solstice (22 December) and marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Decorating your abode with home-spun wreaths of holly, ivy, evergreens and mistletoe is a way to celebrate the turning of the Celtic year, as one season gives way to another and we slowly return to increased sunlight.
The solstice is a great night to gather and tell stories, star gaze, light candles and create a blazing fire. As you do so envisage and dream about your new year to come and let the wind carry your positive affirmations into 2016.