Rolled Turkey Breast Stuffed with Bacon, Cranberries and Pecans

Much less hassle (and expense) than the whole bird. If you’re a little apprehensive about cooking an entire turkey or just have fewer people coming ’round this year, this rolled and stuffed turkey breast is a great alternative. Slices like a dream, too. Substitute any dried fruit, nuts and booze – the method is theContinue reading “Rolled Turkey Breast Stuffed with Bacon, Cranberries and Pecans”

Ham and Gruyère Quiche

Ham and Gruyère is a particularly Christmassy combination. It would be great with a festive salad for a brunch around the Christmas period. Big Christmas gatherings necessitate lots of food, so I am more than happy to pull out my Grandmother’s beautiful – and enormous – quiche dish (Portmeirion c. 1972). She never did portionsContinue reading “Ham and Gruyère Quiche”

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”

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”

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”

Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds

A fuss-free ending for a casual meal. Feeds 4 Ingredients 100g good quality chocolate (70% cocoa solids) Seeds of 1 pomegranate, dried with paper towel Method: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Over a double boiler (heatproof bowl over a pot of barely-simmering water), melt the chocolate. Remove and set aside. Tumble in theContinue reading “Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds”