This time of year is quite simply unimaginable without the massive sugar-consumption. And I say that as someone who doesn't even have a particularly sweet tooth. Sweetness has always been an important part of festive eating. Within it is the notion of celebrating the sweetness of life, but I think it is significant too that sweet food is not a part of a staple diet, but is an indicator of excessive - and I mean this in a good way - intake. It's about adding what you don't need. Feasting, and on sugar particularly, is the very antithesis of the eat-to-live rule. It's about food as an expression of abundance, exuberance and gleeful luxury.
Christmas pudding isn’t for everyone and, even though I have faith in my pudding’s ability to convert, there’s no…Read on