Crispy Pork and Apple Crostini

This is a really exciting appetizer – crispy, shredded pork, spicy applesauce and peppery rocket are the perfect combination atop a crisp slice of baguette. What a treat. And while this might seem like a lot of work for an appetiser, it’s actually very easy and almost entirely make-ahead. The instructions are long, but theContinue reading “Crispy Pork and Apple Crostini”

Prosciutto Roll-Ups

My all-time favourite festive snack, next to sausage rolls, of course. Sweet, salty and crisp, these attractive nibbles make a fabulous appetizer passed around just as they are. Or, add a pile of these to a festive grazing board for a special treat. Ingredients 1 pack of good quality, ready-rolled puff pastry Honey mustard (orContinue reading “Prosciutto Roll-Ups”

How to get Organised for Christmas

This time of year, newspapers and online portals are overflowing with well-intentioned seasonal advice about getting ready for Christmas. The trouble is, the vast majority of it really isn’t very helpful. Flavoured butters, frozen-ahead canapes and pre-mixed cocktails are all very well, but not if you never planned to do any of that in theContinue reading “How to get Organised for Christmas”

Chicken and Chestnut Pie

Served with braised red cabbage and maple roast parsnips, this is like Christmas dinner in pie form. You can use cooked, cubed chicken pieces for this (great if you’ve got some leftover roast chicken lying around), or dice up some raw chicken thighs and let them braise in the sauce. Choose relatively small chestnut mushroomsContinue reading “Chicken and Chestnut Pie”

An Afternoon of Festive Nibbles

All my favourites, rolled into one relaxing and Christmassy afternoon. Dispense with the dinner party this time of year and go in for something much simpler, but by no means less enjoyable. An Afternoon of Festive Nibbles Sugar & Spiced NutsCauliflower and Truffle SoupSliced BaguetteHard cheese (Gruyère, Aged cheddar or Comté)ProsciuttoSausage Rolls One thing allContinue reading “An Afternoon of Festive Nibbles”

Christmas Coleslaw

Don’t dismiss coleslaw as a summer barbeque staple; it is a veritable celebration of winter veg, and this one is so very Christmassy. Serve with Christmas ham, a spiced pulled pork, cold leftover turkey, or simply alongside a steaming baked potato for an easy side dish everyone will love. Inexpensive for a crowd, too. YouContinue reading “Christmas Coleslaw”

My Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner is deeply personal, evangelical, even, and steeped in tradition, history and family. So who am I to tell you what to eat? Instead, I’ll tell you what I eat, what I enjoy, and what I’ve grown to love as my Christmas dinner. It’s not about perfection, but rather about what I find delicious,Continue reading “My Christmas Dinner”

Cornbread, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing

Cornbread freezes well for short periods of time, but quickly becomes a bit dry and crumbly after a while in the freezer. Fortunately, this recipe is the perfect use for it. Quick to throw together and slices like a dream, this stuffing is a delicious accompaniment alongside sweeter roasted meats like ham or turkey. IfContinue reading “Cornbread, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing”

Salted Caramel Apple Sundaes

I made these for Thanksgiving this year, and everyone went absolutely crazy! The best part was I didn’t even have to serve it. I set out a build-your-own sundae bar and asked everyone to create their own masterpiece. Feeds 8 – 10 Ingredients For the salted caramel sauce: 340g sugar 4 tbsp water 120ml doubleContinue reading “Salted Caramel Apple Sundaes”

Cheese Straw Twists

These are an elegant and crowd-pleasing nibble, and just as suitable with a cold beer as with a glass of champagne. Make more than you think you’ll need – these are seriously addictive. Makes approx. 32 twists Ingredients 1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry Cheddar cheese Parmesan cheese Pinch of cayenne pepper Salt 1 eggContinue reading “Cheese Straw Twists”