Nut Roast

This image and recipe are courtesy of Waitrose.com Vegetarian Preparation time:10 minutes Cooking time:1 hour Total time:1 hour 10 minutes Serves: 4 – 6 Ingredients Knob butter, plus extra for greasing 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, grated 1 clove garlic, crushed 125g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped 175g cooked brown rice 115g fresh brown breadcrumbs 55g almonds, finely chopped 55g brazil nuts, finely chopped 125g vegetarian Cheddar cheese, grated 2 medium eggs, beaten 1tbsp chopped fresh oregano 1 tbsp…

Mincemeat and Marzipan Slices

This image and recipe are courtesy of Tesco.com.   Surprise Santa with a truly festive pie with a difference! These mincemeat and marzipan slices are topped with rich mincemeat, tart cranberries and sweet marzipan stars. You could also serve these slices warm with brandy butter or cream for a delicious dessert on Boxing Day. Ingredients   150g (5oz) butter 300g (10oz) self-raising flour 75g (3oz) caster sugar 2 egg yolks 2-3tbsp cold water 1 x 411g jar…

Homemade Chutney

This recipe is taken from James Martin’s Kitchen, ‘James Martin’s instant homemade chutney’, courtesy of Asdagoodliving.co.uk Bold, fruity chutneys make the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas party food. Ingredients: 100g Demerara sugar 4 conference pears, peeled, cored and diced 4 cox apples peeled cored and diced 300g Fresh or frozen cranberries 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds crushed 1 cinnamon stick whole 100ml white wine vinegar 3x Star Anise Pepper Method: Add the sugar to the…

Mulled ‘Wine’

This recipe is featured in Delia’s ‘Happy Christmas’ Ingredients 1 orange half a lemon 1 small orange 8 cloves 6 fl oz (175 ml) spiced winter berries cordial – or anything similar you can find 10 fl oz (300 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice half tbsp honey 4 tbsp golden caster sugar 1 cinnamon stick 2 star anise half tsp ground ginger Method 1. Begin by cutting the orange into quarters and then slice the…

Make and Mature Christmas Cake

This recipe is provided courtesy of BBCGoodFood.com PREP: 25 MINS COOK: 2 HRS, 10 MINS CUTS INTO 12-15 SLICES Ingredients: 1kg mixed dried fruit (use a mix of raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries, cranberries, prunes or figs) zest and juice of 1 orange zest and juice of 1 lemon 150ml brandy, sherry, whisky or rum, plus extra for feeding 250g pack of  butter, softened 200g light soft brown sugar 175g plain flour 100g ground almond ½ tsp baking powder 2 tsp mixed…

Mulled Wine

This recipe is courtesy of Tesco.com The essence of Christmas is captured in this mulled wine recipe. Fragrant spices, cinnamon and lemon are infused in this warming, seasonal drink that will go down a treat at any dinner party. Ingredients 1 lemon 2 oranges 8 cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 4cm (1.5in) piece ginger, peeled and sliced 60g (2½oz) light brown sugar 60ml (2 1/2fl oz) ruby port 1 x 75cl bottle full-bodied red wine For…

Gingerbread Houses

This image and recipe are courtesy of Aldi.co.uk The kids will love decorating these houses when they’re finished, and maybe even help out with the construction! Serves: 5 people Prep time: 60 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients 230g Unsalted Butter 180g Soft Dark Brown Sugar 90g Honey 550g Plain Flour 2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda 3 tsp Ground Ginger 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 2 Egg Whites 450g Icing Sugar 2 tsp Lemon juice Method…

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

This recipe and image are courtesy of Foodnetwork.co.uk 120 Cook Time 5 Prep Time Psst, if you don’t like Peppermint, simply leave it out…or if you’d like a version just for adults, why not add a cheeky splash or two of peppermint schnapps…or amaretto…or bourbon…? Ingredients 3 cups icing sugar, sifted 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder 12 cups whole milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon salt 8 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped 24…

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