Category: Recipes

Goats Cheese, Apple & Walnut Starter

This goats cheese, apple & walnut recipe is tried and tested and an absolute crowd pleaser for a Christmas Day starter (or for any dinner party for that matter).  Sitting on a bed of rocket or salad leaves with walnuts, apple slices & a dash of cranberry dressing, it is an impressive starter. It’s easy to make and light on the tummy so there will be plenty of room for the turkey feast. You can prep much of this earlier in the day to save time. We always use a Somerset goats cheese called Capricorn which comes as a 100g...

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Deluxe Cranberry Sauce

No Christmas lunch is complete without a glorious dish of rich cranberry sauce to go with your turkey. If you thought making homemade cranberry sauce is too time consuming then think again. You’ll have it in a jar in 30 mins tops. It’s actually something you can plan a week or two in advance as it keeps in the fridge for about 10 days. But if you want to get it off your checklist even earlier then pop it into an air tight container and freeze (once cooled). It can be frozen up to two months in advance. What...

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The Best Bread Sauce Recipe

A classic bread sauce is the ultimate accompaniment to a perfect Christmas dinner or a roast chicken on a Sunday. Whatever day of the week it might be, this tried and tested recipe makes the best bread sauce we have ever tasted.   What You Need 1 small onion A handful of cloves A teaspoon of blade mace 300ml of milk 200ml of double cream 200g of white breadcrumbs Sea Salt Ground Black Pepper Knob of butter Method Stud the onion with cloves. Pour the milk and cream into a heavy bottomed saucepan and add the onion and blade...

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A Warming Beef Stew

Everyone needs at least one warming beef casserole as part of their recipe repertoire and this is ours. Well, it’s yours now too. The slowly stewed beef is succulent and satisfying whilst the carrots and onions add a sweetness and texture to the shiny sauce. Served with a simple baked potato, or rice if you prefer, this recipe is a great go-to as it also freezes well. What You’ll Need  1 Kg of stewing steak Olive oil Knob of butter 1 tablespoon of plain flour Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 glasses of good red wine 1...

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Bubble ‘n’ Squeak Baked Potatoes

Need a quick side for Boxing Day? Then look no further as these delicious bubble ‘n’ squeak inspired baked potatoes are the business. They are brilliant for using up left overs, simple to make and absolutely delicious to eat. These also look suitably festive on a loaded buffet table. What You Need Baked Potatoes (I per person) Butter Bacon Slices (1-2 per person) Left over Brussel Sprouts Cheddar Cheese, grated Sour Cream Salt and Pepper Method Heat the oven to 200C. Rub the baked potatoes with Olive Oil and Sea Salt and cook for 1 hour until crispy on...

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The Easiest Dauphinoise Potato Recipe in the World

Now there is proper dauphinoise and then there is ‘the easiest’ dauphinoise recipe in the world. Both taste sublime.  The not so subtle difference is that the original takes precision and time, whilst literally anyone could make our cheat recipe. The result is a creamy cloud of rich garlicky potato, the perfect accompaniment for almost anything. If in the mood, they are also unctuous and fulfilling (if a little naughty) just on their own. What You’ll Need 2kg x Maris Piper Potatoes 500mls milk (not skimmed) 500mls of double cream 1 x onion (cut into halves) 3 x cloves...

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The Simplest Stuffed Mushroom

We’ve got news for Shirley Conran who famously quoted that life is too short to stuff a mushroom. Simply not true. This stuffed mushroom recipe is sooo simple and sooo scrumptious, you can do this in 5 minutes, standing on your head whilst putting the Christmas lights up. What You Need  1 x Large Portobello Mushroom per person (Outer layer peeled if possible but not necessarily) Cream cheese Minced garlic (quantity to taste but maybe two teaspoons to serve 8) Handful of toasted bread crumbs Grated Parmesan (although you can use any hard cheese) Sea salt and black pepper...

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Marj’s Marvellous Basil Pesto

Once you make this basil pesto we guarantee you will never buy a shop bought jar again. Yes it’s cheaper to buy than make it at home but the taste is incomparable plus there is the obvious satisfaction of making it yourself. With three simple steps, it’s super fast and easy to make. Now there’s no excuse not to have a go-to pasta sauce in your fridge any day of the week. It’s also a perfect foodie gift for Christmas (or any other time of the year really). Once covered with a layer of olive oil to preserve it,...

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Red Onion Marmalade

You only need to smell this red onion marmalade bubbling away on the stove to feel the Christmas vibe! The richness of colour comes from the combination of the red onions reduced with full bodied red wine and creme de cassis. This is another perfect gift in a jar or one to simply make as a fridge staple for the festive season. It works fantastically well with meats, game, poultry, cheese or just smeared on crunchy bread. There’s no food this jam won’t wow. What You’ll Need 700g red onions 50g butter 150g caster sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2...

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White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

As homemade gifts go, these white chocolate & cranberry cookies will not disappoint!  Perfect for a teachers gift or as a token for a friend. Take a little time to artfully layer the festive ingredients, tie with a pretty ribbon & you are good to go. This is also a great recipe to use as a basis for any cookie so print it off and keep it to hand. The best part about these is that they have a lovely crunchy snap on the outside and are perfectly chewy towards the middle. Mary Berry would be proud.   What You’ll...

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