Everyone loves when a visitor calls to the house at this time of the year with some homemade treats. These ones are easy – and you can be the person bearing gifts! Amaretti are a good treat to have tucked away in the cupboard at any time of the year, but particularly useful this time of year. I love their chewy texture. I use either Mileeven Honey or Simply Better.

For another sweet treat, I’ve a lovely variation on regular Florentines using cinnamon and nutmeg. Dried cranberries are useful to have: you can use them in the stuffing, and they are great sprinkled on porridge. For chocolate, I stay local with Áine Chocolate. It’s made nearby in Stradone village in Cavan and is now part of the Simply Better range. It is 70% cocoa, and they also have mint and orange flavours.