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christmas cocktail

a new Christmas cocktail

At this time of year you might be thinking of what to make for parties as your signature Christmas cocktail or what to serve for non drinkers on the big day. I served this shrub with white port and tonic as a welcome cocktail at my last supper club. Everyone went wild for it. I

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turkey

Christmas dinner recipes and tips

It feels like the whole country is on countdown to Friday. Most of us will be downing tools and starting on the Christmas treats with just the small matter of shopping and cooking Christmas dinner to deal with. I’m here to help – either get my full guide, or scroll down for a few of

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panettone ice cream cake

panettone ice cream cake – the perfect Christmas dessert

I adore panettone almost as much as I love a Christmas chocolate orange. I can’t abide Christmas pudding so this panettone ice cream cake is what make for after my Christmas dinner. I’ve been on a life-long quest to find a dessert I can have on Christmas day while everyone else gobbles their pud and

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party food

ideas for Christmas and holiday party food

I know that what to serve at parties is a hot topic right now so I wanted to share the list I had pulled together of recipes I’d like to eat. Always a good place to start I think. You can also come along to one of my cocktail and appetizer classes if you’d like

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chocolate sea salt pretzels and almonds

chocolate sea salt pretzels and almonds

I’m a sucker for anything with salt and chocolate. I’m sure you know that by now. So these chocolate sea salt pretzels and almonds are pretty much like crack for me. The people I’ve given them to seem to agree. Chocolate covered pretzels were a revelation for me when I moved to California. As were

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stuffing

my favourite stuffing

I grew up, like most of us did, with stuffing out of a box. I do still have a nostalgic taste for that stuff, but once I tried making my own stuffing I found it hard to go back. Because the stuff in a box is so common, I always thought that making stuffing must

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tomato chilli jam

My mum is a chutney queen and every year she makes homemade chutneys, biscotti and limoncello or sloe gin to pack up for her friends. She’s the one who gave me the tomato chilli jam recipe below – it is simple to make but most importantly it tastes amazing. We pounce upon it and grieve

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rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes

rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes

These rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes are the easiest and most delicious spuds to sit alongside all your feasts. I love these as an easy alternative to my roast potatoes with a roast dinner but I won’t say no to them with some fish and salad or even on their own. These hassleback potatoes have maximum

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chocolate orange porridge

chocolate orange porridge

I’m already having to swerve the temptation of chocolate oranges and all the other Christmas treats at the supermarket. I’m not ready to start Christmas indulgence yet – I leave that until a week before the big day. But I do love that chocolate orange combo so I try and work that into what I’m

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blackberry bay infused gin

blackberry bay infused gin

I just posted a video of me giving my blackberry bay infused gin jars their daily shake and social media went a bit wild so I thought I’d better hurry up and post the recipe while there are still berries to be found. Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram will have

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grilled cheese

grown up grilled cheese with tomato dipping sauce

Until we moved to America I thought the whole world knew what a cheese toastie was, but I was wrong. Over there it is a grilled cheese – even though it is usually cooked in a frying pan rather than under the grill (known as a broiler in the US). Confused much? I’d always made

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peppermint bark

peppermint bark – a perfect homemade gift

This homemade peppermint bark recipe is so easy and a fraction of the cost of the bark sold at Williams Sonoma (theirs is $28 per lb, mine is closer to $6 per lb or £2 per 450g). When we lived in California I became addicted to the free peppermint bark samples Williams Sonoma had around

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roast potatoes

roast potatoes – the crunchiest ever

If you want extra crunchy, English-style roast potatoes, follow the recipe below. I receive a ton of photos from students and readers who have made these spuds as part of their Thanksgiving and Christmas menus – the highest praise for any recipe. There are so many roast potato recipes knocking about but this technique gives

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cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is a great make-ahead for Christmas or Thanksgiving. And home made is a zillion times nicer than the bought stuff. You’ll also use a lot less sugar than anything you can buy. In fact I often use maple syrup for extra flavour and less teeth-aching sweetness. We love leftover cranberry sauce on grilled

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sticky apple one pan crumble

sticky apple one pan crumble

I do love a good crumble and had always made mine in a ceramic dish. Then one day, inspired by the method used for Tarte Tatin, I decided to cut out some dish washing and make the whole blummin thing in a frying pan and my sticky apple one pan crumble was born. The apples

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Prince Harry cocktail

The Prince Harry cocktail

I created this cocktail in honour of my favorite Prince (sorry Kate) and also for my own ginger prince (red headed, Mr Tomato). The slightly spiced ginger and rosemary syrup is lovely topped with Champagne or cava. I taught this in my Christmas classes last year in California and was blown away how many times

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gem's gorgeous granola

gem’s gorgeous granola

When you learn how easy it is to whip up a batch of this gem’s gorgeous granola you’ll be a convert. This version is much lower in sugar and oil than many store bought varieties and is full of nutritious ingredients. It is also about a quarter of the price of shop-bought granola. And everyone

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pea pesto crostini

pea pesto crostini

This pea pesto crostini recipe is dear to my heart as it was taught in my first ever You say Tomato class. Since then it has become a regular in my students’ houses. They love it like I do because it is colourful, healthy, child and budget friendly. Most importantly, because it is mainly make-ahead

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