The nights are drawing in, the clocks turn back soon and it's cold enough to put the heating on, we've even been tempted to light the fire early and play some http://www.foxybingo.com/.
Christmas will be on us before we know it, and thoughts are starting to turn to presents for friends and family. Edible treats always go down well in our house, and in some cases are all eaten by the new year.
There is just enough time to get some chutney and other preserves made and have them ready to eat by Christmas, even if you're not giving them as presents it's a time of year where a good chutney will always get used. It's also possible to get away with a few richer and spicier ingredients than normal (anything to liven up the left over turkey on Boxing day).
If you are thinking of giving preserves as gifts then downloadable labels, wrapping and presentation ideas can be found in the labels section above.
So next time it's a cold and misty day, why not get down to some spicy cooking and fill the house with warming smells?
Apple and Cranberry Chutney
This light coloured, fruity chutney would make a great Christmas chutney, ideal for cheeses and cold meats.
Inspire some more festive baking, or can be stored until next year.
A treat as a snack, or use as a luxury ingredient in jams and chutneys.
Apple and Cinnamon Schnapps
A warming winter drink using fresh apples, cinnamon and vodka, needs a minimum of 3 weeks to mature.