Food blogger shares 6 tips for saving money on Christmas dinner – and an alternative Christmas pudding recipe – NationalWorld

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Mum and food blogger Emma said “everyone goes nuts” for this delicious dessert, which is great for people who want an alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding
Christmas time has become synonymous with indulgent food and drink, and of course one of the main customs that most families follow is the serving of the traditional Christmas dinner.
There may be some debate about what exactly belongs on the holiday table – Yorkshire puddings or not, gravy or not, cheese sauce or not  – but one thing people can agree on is that the cost of Christmas feasting can be expensive – and this year it’s going to be more expensive than previous years due to the cost of living crisis.
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Here at NationalWorld, we want to help have the best possible festive season, while keeping your bills down, so we’ve spoken to food blogger Emma Bridgeman for her top tips on saving money on your Christmas food.
Emma, of Surrey, launched her food blog called Together to Eat in May 2022. The mum-of-two, who formerly worked as a Digital Marketing Manager, was always an advocate of eating family meals together, and during the coronavirus lockdown she had what she described a s “true lightbulb moment” when she realised she could combine her love of family cooking with her digital marketing skills and became a food blogger.
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Emma, who lives with her husband Ricky, children 10-year-old Nate and five-year-old Georgie, and 12-year-old cat Onyx, now runs her very own blog. It is dedicated to creating meals for other parents who love food and eating with their babies and children of all ages, including fussy eaters.
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Read on to find out about Emma’s money saving hacks, and a recipe for an alternative Christmas dessert which will cost you less than 40p per portion to make.
Here are Emma’s top tips for saving money on your Christmas feasting:
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Here is Emma’s version of a raspberry ice-cream bombe, although she’s borrowed this recipe in particular.
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She said: “I actually can’t take credit for this raspberry ice cream bombe recipe, it’s one my mother-in-law has been making at Christmas for over 20 years, ever since she was given the recipe from a friend. My mother-in-law is Norwegian, which means she celebrates Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day, hosting the whole family, and each year she rolls out this dessert and everyone goes nuts for it. I think most of us can say that it’s one of our favourite things about Christmas Eve.”
It takes just four ingredients to make, it serves eight and takes just 15 minutes to prepare. It will also cost you less than £3 to make, if all the ingredients are bought from Aldi. There’s also no cooking involved so it will save you money on your energy bills too – but be aware that it does take a few hours to freeze.
Below is the basic bombe recipe, but you can see all the details for the recipe – including top preparation tips, on Emma’s blog.
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You can keep the raspberry ice cream bombe for up to three months in the freezer, and you can also freeze leftovers on a plate wrapped tightly in cling film and then foil, or in a food storage bag too so there will be no waste – but we think it will all get eaten anyway because it’s so delicious.
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