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Christmas turkey pie with all the trimmings

The beloved Christmas lunch shouldn’t be exclusive to 25 December. Now you can indulge at any time of year! Chestnuts, turkey, bacon and sausage meat are encased in a gorgeous golden parcel, which can be eaten hot, warm or cold, and very easy to prepare ahead.   Serves 10 A little plain flour, for dusting […]

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December by Lia Leendertz

THE KITCHEN Cheese of the month – Beauvale Stilton is a winter cheese, and this is the same for Beauvale, a creamy, naturally spreadable Stilton made by traditional Stilton makers Cropwell Bishop in Nottinghamshire. The reason for the timing is the quality of the milk. In August and September the cows have been out all […]

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Super-green green curry

Thai sticky rice is easy to find in big supermarkets, as is galangal, but you could use basmati if you prefer and simply leave out the galangal. Miso paste is also widely available – along with the lime juice and salt, its intense savoury flavour replaces the fish sauce traditionally used in Thai curries. You […]

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Spicy Tomato and Lentil Layer Pie

This is a really tasty vegetarian recipe that can hold its ownn as a main dish, with layers of aubergine, tomatoey lentils and creamy ricotta cheese wrapped in a pastry crust. Don’t worry about leftovers; this pie is delicious served cold the following day. SERVES 8 FOR THE WALNUTTY PASTRY 400g plain flour, plus a […]

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Seaweed Broth with Nori Crackers

This broth is a delicious starter to any meal, or when you just feel like a very light lunch or supper. You can add some noodles, rice or tofu if you want a little more substance. SERVES 2 For the dashi broth 8cm piece of kombu 10g dried bonito flakes (optional) 1 tablespoon dried wakame, […]

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ONE-TRAY SAUSAGE & MASH

A fuss-free way to make sausages, mash and gravy in one tray and no saucepans. Oven-baking the potatoes results in very fluffy, creamy mash. You could speed this up by microwaving the potatoes to start their cooking process. Blast them on full power for 10 minutes, turning them once halfway through, and omit the first […]

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GRILLED RADICCHIO, BAKED PUMPKIN, BEAN PURÉE AND GREMOLATA

Gremolata is a mixture of lemon zest, garlic and parsley. Italians will know it for its use in the meat dish ossobucco, but I think it goes very well with vegetables too, for example this autumn recipe of radicchio, pumpkin and beans.   Serves 4 450ml vegetable stock 450g white beans (drained weight) either home […]

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NAGALAND HOUSE BABY PORK RIBS

My younger brother Avneet has a friend from Nagaland and his mother used to make this pork dish. We were lucky to get her recipe. You will love this dish. Of course, if you can’t find naga or ghost chillies, you can use any other chilli, and add more or less to suit to your […]

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BREAKFAST SHAKSHUKA

This is my go-to recipe for a lazy Sunday morning. It’s got everything you could want in a breakfast. I love spicy lamb merguez sausages, but if you can’t find them, replace them with uncured chorizo sausages. By the time this is ready, the aromas wafting through the house will be making everyone ravenous. Bring […]

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CACAO CHIA PAN BROWNIE

Brownies are one of the easiest cakes to bake – perfect for those times when you just need a chocolaty treat. We’ve added chia seeds into the mix, although we have to admit the butter and sugar mean this isn’t the healthiest recipe, but we couldn’t resist including it.   MAKES 16 BROWNIES 120g butter, […]

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Chicken and Ham Hock PIE with Garlicky Butter Bean and Kale Mash

Serves 4 – 6 This is one of my family favourites, especially for those chilly autumnal evenings. The butterbean, garlic and mascarpone mash that we’ve used to top this pie makes a great alternative to pastry and what’s more, it’s gluten-free. Serve with your favourite greens and a good helping of family and friends. – […]

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OLD FASHIONED

It should come as no surprise that Ian Fleming and James Bond were devotees of this classic cocktail. In its simplicity, it is a drink in which the choice of ingredients is paramount. In Live and Let Die, Bond is careful to specify his choice of whiskey: Old Grand-Dad, a traditional bourbon with a high […]

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