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I’m not at all sure why but generally at Christmastime the supermarkets like to sell big packets of smoked salmon. As much as I love the stuff, I wasn’t aware of it being a traditional Christmas thing. So after Christmas, these packs of salmon go on sale and I decided to take advantage and have… Continue reading →

Furikake Devilled Eggs

Around the holidays, sometimes I like to make a few things to nibble on rather than a normal ‘meat’ and 3 veg meal. I clearly was taken with Asian food this year considering the Korean pinwheels and these Japanese flavoured devilled eggs. In case, like me, you were wondering why they’re called devilled eggs, to… Continue reading →

Kimchi & Cheese Pinwheels

So if Yorkshire Puddings are one of my favourite things then Kimchi is definitely another. Kimchi is a popular side dish in South-Korea (probably North too but I haven’t visited there!) and comes free with every meal. It’s just cabbage fermented in Korean spices and is absolutely delicious and apparently really good for you too.… Continue reading →

Yorkshire puddings

Yorkshire puddings are one of my favourite things in the world and because I don’t often eat roast dinners every Sunday (or any Sunday apart from at Christmas really) like many of my country people I don’t eat them nearly often enough. There’s a bit of controversy over when you can eat them with some… Continue reading →

Port & Stilton Sauce

When I first met my now husband, we used to cook together on the weekends and he introduced me to port and stilton sauce which was an instant hit with me even though I wasn’t at that point fully sold on port (oh how things change). I decided to serve it with our Christmas dinner… Continue reading →

Faux Gras

I only tried foie gras once before before becoming pescatarian and though I did enjoy the flavour being that it’s basically a richer form of chicken liver p√Ęte there was always the guilt of the method of production. We tried the foie gras in a French restaurant in Washington DC after explaining to the server… Continue reading →

White Mulled Wine

Although I’m not much of a wine connoisseur, I do think of myself as a bit of a mulled wine connoisseur, it’s not Christmas if I don’t go down to Manchester Christmas markets and purchase a ridiculously overpriced cup of mulled wine from one of their stalls. The best mulled wine you can buy in… Continue reading →

Frangipane Mince Pies

Mince pies are a traditional Christmas treat in the UK. Generally it’s a mince pie and some sherry that gets left out for Santa on Christmas Eve. Mince isn’t a meat but a mixture of dried fruits, nuts, rum or brandy and spices. It’s really easy to find jars of the stuff around wintertime in… Continue reading →

Festive Pasta

Here’s my last pre-Christmas meal before I get into the real unhealthy Christmas fare. I saw a recipe for sprout, hazelnut and leek pasta on BBC Good Food and I thought why not add some Linda McCartney imitation pulled chicken and it would practically be Christmas dinner on a plate with far less effort. I… Continue reading →

Cod with Hasselback Potatoes

I keep seeing hasselback potatoes all over Pinterest so I’ve been wanting to make some for a while. Slicing them before baking means you just get this beautiful crunch all the way round the exposed bits. I finally got round to it when I saw a recipe for cod with a dill and orange crumb… Continue reading →

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