Festive Fruit Salad

I make this as part of my Christmas breakfast alongside some warmed croissants, really good jam and a glass of Champagne. Whether part of a festive brunch, eaten on the day itself, or even just as a snack, this combination is delicious and feels special. As a festive bonus, it’s very nutritious! Feeds 4 IngredientsContinue reading “Festive Fruit Salad”

Smoked Mackerel Pâté with Yorkshire Pudding

If you really want to impress this year, this is the one. Use my make-ahead tips below and you’ll be amazed at how effortlessly you can pull together this showstopper of an appetizer. If you can’t get smoked mackerel, smoked trout works beautifully. Feeds 4 Ingredients For the pâté: 180g (2 fillets) of smoked mackerelContinue reading “Smoked Mackerel Pâté with Yorkshire Pudding”

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

If you think you don’t like brussel 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 Brussel Sprouts”

Italian Beef Stew

Part of my Festive Italian Feast, perfect for cosy Christmas 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”

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”

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Roasted vegetables in a spicy, creamy sauce. Substitute any vegetables you have – it’s a great way to use stuff up! Feeds 2 Ingredients 125g cherry tomatoes, halved 200g mushrooms, halved or quartered if large  2 bell peppers, roughly chopped  Olive oil Salt and pepper  250g any short pasta  2 cloves garlic, minced  1 tspContinue reading “Roasted Vegetable Pasta”

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”

Crispy Baked Chicken and Spicy Vegetables

Low maintenance and quick to throw together, this one-tray dinner is packed full of flavour – and vegetables! Feeds 2 Ingredients 2 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs 1 bunch of tenderstem broccoli 2 bell peppers, chopped into large chunks 1 tbsp dried oregano ½ tsp chilli flakes (or as much as you like) 1 tsp fennelContinue reading “Crispy Baked Chicken and Spicy Vegetables”

No Notice Nibbles: Garlic Croutons with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Stale bread and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes are the stand-by heroes of this party snack. Use rustic, good quality bread for best results.  Feeds 4 as a nibble with drinks Ingredients Stale, good quality bread (about 1/4 of a loaf), cut into bite-sized cubes Olive oil 2 cloves garlic Salt and pepper 4 –Continue reading “No Notice Nibbles: Garlic Croutons with Sun-Dried Tomatoes”

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Curry

This is a sweet, gently spiced and deeply comforting curry. If you’ve never tried raisins in a curry before, you’ll be amazed at how delicious it is. And don’t be tempted to leave out the sugar – it’s the magic ingredient! Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, finelyContinue reading “Sweet & Spicy Chicken Curry”