Christmas is the time when people communicate with their friends they have not had contact with over the year. There are other happenings such as seasonal parties, annual visits, surprise visits and so it goes on.
When attention turns to the house, the box of decorations and lights comes down from the loft and,with all the cards that arrive, the home looks very different from usual. It is not surprising, therefore, that the table receives special attention. Every household has its unique Christmas gastronomy. Here it's bought cake and delivered burgers, there it's home-cooked dishes and bought Champagne.
One of the edible centre-pieces of the table is the Christmas cake. The ones given via this page vary in the amount of preparation needed. They are explorations in gastronomic architure.