Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you are definitely wrong. Roasting Brussels turns them into a completely different vegetable. Nutty, sweet and a little crisp, these little beauties are well-placed to convert. To make these, all you need to do is preheat your oven to 425F / 220C / 200C Fan. Cut theContinue reading “Roasted Brussels Sprouts”

Spiced Cranberry and Orange Scones

These Christmassy scones are so quick to make you could even whip them up on Christmas morning. Not that you need to, as they freeze beautifully. I make quite small scones as I find the size is a bit more manageable, portion-wise, especially alongside other things to eat. (And they look absolutely adorable.) A standardContinue reading “Spiced Cranberry and Orange Scones”

Festive Italian Feast

Christmas entertaining doesn’t need to be formal, particularly for get-togethers with friends around the festive period. This rustic and cosy Italian-inspired menu is low-stress, and a fabulous feast for 6. Rosemary grows wild everywhere in Italy, but it’s also a herb that feels very Christmassy.  Echo the rosemary theme in the food by adding aContinue reading “Festive Italian Feast”

Italian Beef Stew

Part of my Festive Italian Feast, perfect for cosy winter entertaining. Feeds 6 Ingredients 100g pancetta, cut into small cubes 1kg stewing beef, cubed Olive oil Vegetable oil Salt and pepper 2 stalks celery 2 medium onions 2 carrots, peeled 4 cloves garlic 1 level tbsp chopped rosemary 2 bay leaves 2 tbsp tomato pasteContinue reading “Italian Beef Stew”

Chicory, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad

In festive red and green, this refreshing salad is a welcome change from heavier Christmas fare. The salad dressing makes more than you’ll need for this, but will keep in the fridge for about a week. No excuse not to eat your greens! Feeds 2 as a side or starter, or 1 as a lightContinue reading “Chicory, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad”

Parsnip Crisps

A festive snack that will get people talking. Larger parsnips are better for this than thinner ones, as you’re going for as much surface area as possible with your peelings. Feeds 2 – 4 as a nibble Ingredients 1 large parsnip 1 tsp garam masala spice mix 1 – 2 tsp olive oil Salt andContinue reading “Parsnip Crisps”

The Grazing Board

Grazing boards are very in right now, and for good reason – they look impressive and generous, but come with a relaxed vibe – exactly what party food should be. However, don’t be taken in by those glamorous grazing boards you see posted across Instagram. Those huge boards are packed completely full of anything andContinue reading “The Grazing Board”

Sausage Rolls

This is an old Canadian Living recipe my family has been making for years. And years. And years. I’ve added a few tips I’ve picked up over time to help make your life easier, but having said that, these are incredibly simple to make. Once you try these, you won’t even think about buying themContinue reading “Sausage Rolls”

Thanksgiving Round-Up

I love Thanksgiving. No matter how long I live in the UK, I will celebrate it every year. Surrounded by lots of incredible food and the people you love, and taking a moment to be thankful for something in your life – what could possibly be better?! I’m very lucky to have friends who areContinue reading “Thanksgiving Round-Up”

Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries

A classic appetizer with cubes of bread, but add some crispy fries and you’ve got a fabulous and unexpected dinner party menu. Serve with some really good cold ham, piles of good-quality mini gherkins, a crisp bitter salad and lots of cold Champagne. Quantity-wise, one 4″ wheel will do for six as an appetizer. AsContinue reading “Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries”