Ah, nostalgia ... it’s not what it used to be. In reflective mood, Ruth is taking a ‘down home in the countryside’ look at Christmas this year, creating some of those ‘funny, familiar, forgotten feelings’ of yesteryear, within today’s contemporary setting. The global trend of artisan foods, telling the stories of the food we eat and who produces it, has always been part of Ruth’s own culinary story, alongside her own piece of beautiful and productive countryside. She says "Christmas is all about stories: from the very first Christmas to family tales re-told over the table and supplemented by new stories shared as the clan expands. As much as the food, this is what people remember and treasure from Christmases past”. But these are modern times, so Ruth is creating a Christmas feast with one nostalgic eye to the past and the other in the practical here and now. She shares advance prep ideas and techniques while telling her own Christmas food stories.