When you roast a ham or gammon on the bone for Christmas or at any time of year, keep the bone and make soup. It makes a broth that is light after a heavy Christmas diet, it’s delicious and so good for you. You won’t need salt as the ham bone will be salty enough.
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‘In my opinion, no one makes Christmas pudding as good as my Auntie Maureen’, says Neven Maguire who shares his aunt’s recipe here and in his new Christmas cookbook ‘Neven Maguire’s Perfect Irish Christmas’. ‘Its flavour only improves as time goes on, so it’s best to make it a month before you plan to eat it. Serve warm or cold with lashings of custard or whipped cream with and brandy butter.’
From Neven Maguire’s new book ‘Neven Maguire’s Perfect Irish Christmas. ‘This is a really good recipe for the buttery fresh herb stuffing that everyone seems to love and I have been making it for years, ever since watching my mother Vera making it as a young child. If you prefer it can be cooked and served in a separate dish (rather than in the bird itself), which makes it more crispy and golden.’
‘This is the easiest way to roast a turkey’ says Neven Maguire in his new book Neven Maguire’s Perfect Irish Christmas ‘and fortunately, for many people it’s also the best. Forget about having the time to brine it or trying to turn it over while it cooks – this method is absolutely foolproof.’
‘This ham is cooked in the traditional manner’, says Neven Maguire in his new book Neven Maguire’s Perfect Irish Christmas.…
Espresso martinis are addictive – both velvety and slightly bitter at the same time and it’s impossible to stop at just one. The ideal winter and Christmas cocktail.
We answer your questions about what to serve your guests this Christmas from the wine to choose to go with the Christmas turkey to what to eat with goose to how to read the label on a bottle of sherry to know if it is sweet or dry.
‘Picture a plate of Milanese osso bucco on the table in front of you, the fragrance of the rich, braised, meltingly tender meat mingling with that of the subtle, earthy saffron risotto’, says the introduction to Recipes from an Italian Butcher, the new book from The Silver Spoon Kitchen published by Phaidon.
When you cook a turkey, it will always be dry in parts and juicy in others, so don’t get hung up on it – a turkey with a dry breast is down to a flaw in poultry engineering, not a failure of cooking. + VIDEO: Watch Jamie Oliver show how to carve a turkey on his Food Tube channel.
From Reem Kassis’ new book ‘The Palestinian Table, Authentic modern Middle Eastern home cooking – 150 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes inspired by three generations of family tradition’ published by Phaidon.
A classic Italian dessert and an alternative to a richer Christmas pudding at Christmas dinner.
Add a twist to your standard mashed potato recipe by adding other ingredients to bump up the flavour.
Adding a fortified wine like Madeira or sherry to the turkey juices along with some chicken stock makes a rich gravy. Use red or white wine if you don’t have either – it’s a classic turkey gravy recipe where you add stock to the turkey juices left in the pan and thicken it with flour so it can be adapted easily.
Make a batch of this spicy hot red pepper and chilli jam to give to friends at Christmas! It’s the same method as if you are making a fruit jam, you just need to cook it for longer and that means keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t stick.
A simple warm salad to be served on its own or with roast lamb or lamb chops.
Baby carrots look so beautiful when they are baked. You only need a few for each plate to make any dish look classy. And they are sweeter than larger, older carrots. Use Winter or Summer savory for this dish. If you cant find it, use rosemary or thyme instead.
Adding honey to Brussels sprouts brings out their sweetness and reduces bitterness.
This is a gentle fish soup with light flavours and a delicate texture. Serve it with Irish Soda Bread or our Wholemeal Brown Bread.