TV appearance on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas

Christmas came early for me this year when I was asked to appear on one of Kirstie Allsopp's Christmas shows on Channel 4. I joined three other finalists picked from across the country to make a festive hamper at Kirstie's Devon Christmas HQ. The standard in all the competitions was so high and it was a real pleasure to meet Kirstie, the crew and my fellow finalists, gorgeous Karon Grieve of Larder Love, my new favourite forager, Tiffany Francis and Tahmina Farhang, fab founder of Kookcha jams. My kids helped design my entry - a hamper of family cooking kits - and I'm hoping the recipes we came up with will become traditions we'll make together each Christmas as they grow up.

My five little recipe boxes made a mix of edible gifts and nibbles. They all had to be easy enough for kids to help prepare and simple enough that busy parents would actually have a moment to make them over Christmas.

My five cooking kits were:

- biscuit postcards featuring my piggy-in-blankets gingerbread biscuits

- glazed rosemary, honey and sea salt nuts to fill a Christmas nutcracker

- a giant chocolate orange heart for kids to give to their teachers

- savoury Christmas fairy cakes with crispy bacon, stuffing and sprouts

- Christmas green pesto for emergency pasta bowls, dips and sarnies

I packaged the pesto in a box with a mini G&T as the kit made an instant meal, meaning parents could put their feet up with a drink and still get dinner on the table. I also included my kids' toy letter box for posting the piggy biscuit cards to the North Pole and together we illustrated some little hamper decorations made with fairy cake cases (see Father Christmas below).

Kirstie and Andrew Webb judged our entries and we all had a lovely festive time swapping Christmas stories. Tune in to Channel 4 to see the shows and find out who was named hamper champion of champions.

Please note that this television show was recorded before my daughter was diagnosed with coeliac disease so featured recipes are not gluten-free.

Want my free recipe download from the show? Click below: