A decadent starter – and a gift for chefs who like to get ahead.
A set of festive snacks: cumin, spelled and parmesan grissini with aleppo chili, to dip in a mixture of three cheeses with spicy date syrup and pine nuts, and a classy, sake-cured salmon with sesame sprinkles and pickles.
Two light starters to offset the big feast to come – a light shrimp, fennel and celery salad and a ricotta and spinach cake that is somewhere between a soufflé and a frittata.
With fried cassava, a garlic and coriander salsa, rainbow manold with ham and a cranberry and manold jam.
A jubilant alternative ham with a spicy, sour-sweet Mexican glaze of pineapple and chili.
Dried fruits are a specialty of the Levant and bring festive luxury to these dishes with fragrant fried chicken and nutty, chewy, jeweled pilau rice.
A bulging, festive squash filled with a tasty filling of spicy vegetables, mushrooms and nuts.
A crispy and fresh winter salad of festive red cabbage, crispy apple and sweet and sour pomegranate that will go well with any roast.
A whole salmon fillet baked with fennel in chili and sea salt, then drizzled with a honey, lemon verbena and clementine vodka glaze, with candied clementines and a dill sour cream.
Spicy apple pies that will win over people who (they say) do not like chopped pies.
Turn the remnants of the festive table into a baby-storming pie that is as satisfying to make as it is to eat.
We introduce a Chinese-inspired vegan centerpiece to your Christmas table.
Delicious – and easily adapted to feed no matter how many people you have around the table.
A Scandinavian party with blow-dried duck roast with a bubbly cherry sauce, a winter salad with clementines and candied walnuts and a luxurious, layered potato hotpot.
Wild mushrooms, chestnut and stilton filo pie, a “sunset roast” of turnip, pumpkin and sweet potato with saffron lemon yogurt and pickled beets with a sprout, dried cherries and dill slaw.
An audience-friendly alternative to seafood for turkey roast.
Turn your head with a fried spatchcock chicken in chili butter, with a Gruffalo-inspired filling cake, sweet potatoes toasted with pecan and lime and a budding slaw.
A banquet with gammon prepared with stout, oranges, molasses and spices, with sides of mustard pears, blue cheese gratin, fried parsnip and date salad, herb sprouts with puy lentils and a caramelized onion puree.
Everyone wants to put in these festive beetroot cakes – plus a recipe for honey harissa brussels sprouts that might even win over the anti-sprout brigade.
Known as vada pav, this snack goes well with a bit of green chutney for the perfect festive evening snack.
The perfect combination: spicy chicken with cranberry and cashew nut jewelry and a crisp fruity side.
A big, bronzed turkey or a roast of sage and stiletto nuts this year? Or both? And not to forget all the classic festive sides. Our resident perfectionist will show you how.
This adaptable seasonal favorite features a ricotta dough with just the right amount of flagged crumble and a thick and rich flavorful filling.
A satisfying dessert that is a cross between mousse, cheesecake filling and blancmange – enjoy with a glass of something strong.
Top of trifle decadence: mascarpone, panettone, poached pear and chunks of dark chocolate, with a good kick of sherry.
A chocolate and cinnamon rice pudding, known as kheer + caramelized almonds = a Christmas dessert with x-factor.
A tender, outrageously sweet dessert.
Is there any dessert that is more flamboyant than this retro child storm of ice cream on a mushroom base, all smothered in meringue and roasted to perfect perfection?
If you’re still looking for a punchy sweet centerpiece for the Christmas table, this simple baked dessert is ideal.
This festive tribute to Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a wonderful dessert.
The sweetness of clementine curd alleviates the hit of burning ginger in this tasty winter pudding.
A winning alternative to traditional Christmas pillow. Shave ready …