Mulled Beef Christmas Dinner

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Yesterday, my Mum and I put up and decorated the magnificent Maitland Family Christmas Tree! It’s a lot of fun, very exciting but also damn exhausting, which is why I prepared a dinner worthy of The Three Kings to reward us after!

The Mulled Beef is effectively Roast Beef but with a 24 hour marinade based on- you guessed it- mulled wine! The flavours permeate and complement the beef beautifully and make an unforgettably festive gravy to accompany the dish. The marinade keeps it a fairly straight-forward dish to put together. For anyone struggling to think of something new to cook 25th December that moves away from the traditional turkey, but still has overtones of Christmas with every bite then this is certainly a recipe for you to consider!

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LOOK WHAT I DID!

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To the untrained eye, the above will appear as nothing more than a set of lazy cupcakes, bashed together through the aid of a “just add an egg” kit, and in the unexplainable theme of One Direction.

But look a little more closely, and you will see something else.

Something special…

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A break-through in my baking habits, notoriously lacking in confidence…

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Yes. That icing… Is piped.

And a not too shabby job, if I may be so cheeky to say!

A nice change from my usual “just dump it on” approach.

Perhaps my baking will be just a tad bolder from this day!

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This cook just grew a little more.