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Monday, December 22, 2014

Last-minute Tasty Baking Recipes For Christmas

The countdown is on, but these recipes are perfect for the final few days before Christmas

With five more days to Christmas, Dungarvan is certainly continuing to look festively magical and I'm grateful, as always, to be one of its lucky natives.

The light extravaganza that the town's businesses and the local authority invested in for the past few years is quite breathtaking, especially in Walton Park and along the harbour-front.

People bustle along about their business with a spring in their step while local carol singers perform in the back ground, accompanying bucket shakers in the foreground. There are lots of familiar faces and excited greetings as a local diaspora returns home for Christmas.

In the kitchen, we are gearing up for the last few days before the holidays.

The orders for mince pies, meringues, roulades, paté, red cabbage, stuffing, and our brown bread, along with other seasonal favourites, are arriving in droves.

Each night as I lie in bed the mental list for the next day runs through my over-stimulated mind.

And then at 2pm on Christmas Eve it's all over, the last delivery is made, we wish each other a Happy Christmas and are released back to our families for the festivities to begin. Roll on 2pm on Christmas Eve.

Photography: Shane O'Neill
Food Styling: Leona Humphreys, One Fine Plate