Smoked Salmon Rilletes

Don’t let the french name scare you – I promise, it’s simple as anything.  I first stumbled upon Salmon Rilletes around 4 years ago, when I first took over my family Christmas dinner from my mum.  Salmon always seems to be a popular choice this time of year, and I wanted a way to prep…

Orange and Cranberry Sausage Rolls

And so my mission to pioneer new Christmassy foods continues!  Sausage rolls are an absolute classic – whether they’re part of a pub lunch, cheekily grabbed from a Gregg’s on the way to work or making up the beige spread at a buffet, a good sausage roll is a real staple.  Strangely, they don’t appear…

Taste of Christmas Sandwich

  In recent years we have developed some odd Christmas traditions as a society – in particular, those associated with supermarkets.  While the ever bloated, haunting-cover-of-a-pop-song-accompanied adverts are interesting, my real interest is the meal deal festive sandwiches offered by these supermarkets.  I have tasted and ranked no less than 15 different varieties from 6…

Beef, Blackberry and Blue Cheese Pie

This one really gives a new meaning to “black and blue.”  I know it might seem odd, but bear with me on this.  Firstly, as a quick glance at many of my past recipes will show you I am a huge proponent of pairing meat and fruit.  Fruit brings a delicious acidity and sweetness that…

Christmas Turkey Burger

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.  Please put a penny in the old man’s hat! I do love this time of year, not least because every restaurant menu gets about 15x better.  Decadent mixtures of cheese, bacon, sauces, sausages etc.  Truly, it is a time to indulge, and what better way than with…

Roast Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Wine Risotto

The time is now that many people are assembling their Christmas menus, and what’s atop most lists?  Turkey?  Goose?  Ham?  All fantastic center-points of a Christmas Dinner…but what of the vegetarians?  Nut Roasts are certainly a popular option, though for many this means a quick ready-made one from the supermarket which in some cases may…

Winter Spice Lamb Chops

It’s December, and time for the Winter menu to truly appear!  Traditionally, nuts and dried fruit dominated the winter menu owing to their longevity in the harsh, cold months when so little could grow.  Spices masked the taste of meat that was outstaying it’s welcome a little bit.  We’re all a bit spoiled now and…

Black Pudding Sweet Potato Bake

Black Pudding’s always a bit of a divisive one, understandable more when one uses it’s other name – blood sausage.  Yes, it contains a little bit of the old animal blood, something many of us are quite squeamish about.  I myself find it’s honesty comforting – after all, it must be far less horrifying than…

Cranberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed Turkey

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Ah, how I love that November-December period of joy.  A time full of festivals, beautiful lights and of course – WINTER FEASTS.  And what would Winter be without a little bit of that big old bird, Turkey? I often here people complaining about turkey – particularly the…

Mushroom and Bacon Stuffing

Ahh, stuffing – what would a Sunday roast be without you?  Or Christmas dinner?  Or those guilty pleasure stuffing and gravy sandwiches I used to make at 3am… Stuffing is, of course, a conundrum – arguably one of the tastiest parts of the dish, does it function as a mere filler to the meat or…