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The Calm Christmas Podcast with Beth Kempton

S2 Ep5: NEST (simplify + decorate)


This episode is all about nesting – getting your home and heart ready for the winter, with natural Christmas decorations, and ideas for mindful crafting. With inspiration from Laurie Lee, Ariella Chezar (@ariellachezardesign), Lucy Hunter @lucytheflowerhunter, Truman Capote, Lizzie Kamenetzky, Cleo Wade @cleowade, The Royal Horticultural Society (@the_rhs), and my mum!

Featured in this episode:

Download my free guide to creating a wreath HERE and ideas for other natural decorations HERE.

To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of The Flower Hunter by Lucy Hunter and a signed copy of my book Calm Christmas, head over to Instagram @bethkempton. The deadline for entries is 4pm UK time on Friday December 3, 2021.

Ingredients list for featured recipes:

Salt dough

- 1 cup of plain flour

- Half a cup of table salt

- Half a cup of water

French onion soup

Serves 4

- 25g unsalted butter

- 3 tablespoons olive oil

- 1kg large onions, very thinly sliced

- 250ml dry white wine

- 1 litre rich beef stock - or you could replace with vegetable stock for a vegetarian version

- Freshly grated nutmeg

- A small handful of fresh thyme sprigs

- 2 fresh bay leaves

- 75ml good quality Madeira

- 1 day old baguette or other crusty bread, cut into slices

- 1 garlic clove

- 150g Comte cheese, grated (or you could use a vegetarian cheese)

- Sea salt and ground black pepper