CSM Christmas Story 2 of 3: A Christmas Party

BY ROGER WATSON ‘…surgeon’ The word penetrated the loud chatter, reached her ear and the ‘cocktail party effect’ kicked in. ‘Yes, I work locally. Love my job.’ She disengaged from the hungry gaze and the increasingly salacious conversation of the man who was speaking to her and tossed a glance in the direction of the voice she was actually listening to. She was not disappointed. … Continue reading CSM Christmas Story 2 of 3: A Christmas Party

The Christmas Story – Brussels Style

THE CITY GRUMP Some years ago* I sat down to a Christmas lunch at London’s most excellent Bleeding Heart Restaurant with work colleagues and, as is traditional, we kicked off proceedings with a mass cracker pulling. Out popped the usual paper hats and splendidly silly mottos, which as ever is a great way to get all of us into the festive mood. I particularly liked … Continue reading The Christmas Story – Brussels Style

Happy Christmas

VICAR Happy Christmas, Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine! God Bless You and Your Families this Christmas Tuesday. As You sit back to swig another glass of wine, or tuck into another mince pie, please remember those who are alone this Christmas – that they may find solace. Please remember the homeless this Christmas – that they may find warmth. Remember too the poor this Christmas … Continue reading Happy Christmas

Christmas Shortbread

Ingredients: 325g plain flour 200g butter, chilled 125g golden caster sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 large egg yolks Equipment: 2-3 baking trays lined with parchment paper and Christmas shaped biscuit cutters Method: Set the oven to 180C, 160C fan, gas 4. Place the butter, flour and sugar in a food processor and blend until it makes fine crumbs. Add the egg yolks and continue … Continue reading Christmas Shortbread

In the Bleak Midwinter

BY MANDY BALDWIN On November l4th l940, the Luftwaffe bombed Coventry, reducing its ancient Cathedral to rubble – one of the Baedeker raids, in which German pilots were directed to places of particular cultural significance or beauty in order to destroy them. On Christmas Day, the provost broadcast to the world that the people of Coventry would try to forgive the barbarians for this act … Continue reading In the Bleak Midwinter

Garlic & Rosemary Roast Leg of Lamb

Ingredients:  (Serves: 12) 4 cloves garlic, sliced fresh rosemary sprigs salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 (2 to 3kg) whole leg of lamb Instructions: Cut slits in the top of the leg of lamb every few inches, deep enough to push slices of garlic down into the meat. Salt and pepper generously all over the top of lamb, place several sprigs of … Continue reading Garlic & Rosemary Roast Leg of Lamb


BY MANDY BALDWIN The famous Christmas fair at the Champs Elysee in Paris has been cancelled. The graceful steps at York Minster, where a church has stood since long before the original jihadis first rampaged, have been blocked by concrete bollards. Armed police will patrol Christmas venues in pretty, old towns all across Europe, where the cobbled streets are now blighted by defences against killers … Continue reading Nativeity

A Christmas Prayer for Peace

VICAR Happy Christmas, Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine! God Bless You and Your Families this Christmas Sunday. Here is a Christmas Prayer for Peace by Rebecca Barlow Jordan which perhaps you can read when you get some rare Christmas peace and quiet of your own! Have a wonderful and blessed day. As they say in Spain, un abrazo.   A Christmas Prayer for Peace … Continue reading A Christmas Prayer for Peace

Christmas Dangers to Pets

BY JIM BROWNE Here at Country Squire Magazine we are the least alarmist people on planet earth and happily drink wine whilst puffing on cigars, listening to the wireless while perched on the edge of the bath. Nonetheless we thought it wise, since it is the week of Christmas, to point out some of the potential pitfalls for our furry friends. So you can avoid … Continue reading Christmas Dangers to Pets