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What to Cook Between Christmas and New Year

This is a special time of year when we all slow down, take stock, and look forward to a New Year. At this stage in the festivities, I want lots of comforting dishes that feel celebratory enough to feed friends and family without requiring a lot from me in return. If you’re in need of…

A Very British Christmas Conundrum: When to Eat the Christmas Feast?

I have always maintained that, despite the heavy influences of tradition, Christmas dinner is very personal. I may be Canadian, but my dinner is very much of the British variety: turkey with all the trimmings. Even so, there is one element of the British Christmas feast I’ve never quite got on with, and that’s the…

Spiced Falafel Burgers with Red Cabbage

A healthy, vegetarian and speedy dinner to feed four. Great if you need some real food, fast, or if you’re looking for a brief break from heavier winter fare. The red cabbage, gentle spice and sweetness from the carrot and apple give it a wintery vibe, but of course these are great any time of…

Merry Meatballs in a Bread Bowl

Meatballs get a festive twist with redcurrant, rosemary, brandy and cream. Perfect as picky finger food for a party served in one large, hollowed-out loaf of sourdough with toothpicks for spearing, or as a main course in individual crusty rolls, next to some form of vegetable. The meatball portion of the recipe will make enough…

Freezer-Friendly Foods to Fortify your Festivities

An alliterative guide to using your freezer to get ahead for Christmas. I take a fairly ruthless and aggressive approach to preparing for Christmas, not out of some desire to smugly sit back on Christmas Eve with a glass of brandy, but rather to avoid getting so stressed out that Christmas ceases to become enjoyable.…

Winter Spiced Porridge

Get in the seasonal spirit in the morning with this feel-good breakfast. Make as needed, or – as I do – mix up a big batch of the dry stuff for a zero-effort breakfast on busy mornings. The mix also makes an unusual and inexpensive homemade gift. Wrap up a pretty bag or jar of…

Old Fashioned Beef Stew with Dumplings

Delightfully old fashioned and frugal, this meal is comfort and joy in a pot. The stew is deliberately simple in its ingredients, so make sure you use the best quality beef you can find. It’s a cheap cut and you don’t need very much, so go for quality, here. Although I would make this to…

Parkin

Traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night, parkin is an autumnal classic that is definitely due a revival. With a wonderfully nubbly texture and a deep, rich flavour, it’s a suitably seasonal snack from autumn to Christmas and beyond. It’s also a joy to make. Everything is thrown into a saucepan and gently stirred together, a soothing…

One Pan Chicken and Chorizo Supper

Chicken supremes are boneless, skin-on chicken breasts with the wing attached. It’s a treat to have a little wing to gnaw on at the end, so give it a go if you wouldn’t usually pick up this cut. However, if you can’t find supremes, skin-on chicken breasts will obviously work just fine. Feeds 2 Ingredients…

Smoky Barbeque Sausage and Bean Stew

Bowl food you can really cosy up with. This takes about 30 minutes to prepare, plus simmering time. A total bargain, effort-wise. Feeds 4 generously Ingredients Olive oil500g sausages (approx. 4 – 6, depending on size)1 large onion, diced2 bell peppers, diced2 – 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped1 bay leaf1 small bunch of fresh…

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