Stories I loved this week.

I’m so excited about Christmas. Are you? It feels particularly poignant this year, as J is getting older and better understands the meanings and traditions around this very special holiday. We’ve planned loads of Christmassy things, like trips to a pantomine and to the Winter Wonderland fair in Hyde Park.

And I’ve finally planned the Christmas day menu and have made a mammoth Abel and Cole and Ocado order for the two day feast. I can’t wait! Have you planned your Christmas menu yet? What have you got planned?

The juice tour of LA made me laugh (a lot). (Lucky Peach)

What a great tip for taking the seeds out of pomegranates. (The Kitchn)

An oral history of why many African-Americans from the South carry hot sauce in their bags (really!). (Eater)

What does normal feel like to you? (LaTonya Yvette)

In praise of the only child. A nice read, especially more of my friends are having their second and third children and I stay resolute in only wanting one. (Tantrum XYZ)

Would you ever join a cookbook club? I love this idea – what a great way to try a cookbook before you decide to buy it. (Serious Eats)

Have you fallen into the current obsession for hygge this winter? This piece goes into the darker side of this Danish lifestyle mantra. (The Guardian)

I’m still using my Instant Pot loads and converting others to the sheer brilliance of it. It will really will change your cooking life. (Bon Appetit)

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