What’s in the box? See what you’ve got

If you read my previous post about how making people presents is a grave error and to be avoided at all costs, then you may now be in a quandary. Or maybe not. It depends on how seriously you take my pronouncements [...]

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Hello gin in my garden

It’s the festive party season. A time of sequins, paper hats and nibbly things on sticks. A time to gather your friends together to make merry in the lambent glow of the Christmas tree. A time to risk your soft palate by playing microwaved mince [...]

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It’s the 23rd December and I know exactly what you’re thinking: I’ve got the presents, put up the tree, secretly eaten all the good ones out of the tin of Quality Street and put the sherry in the fridge, but NIGHTMARE! I’ve forgotten to make the crispy cheese pancakes in the manner of Findus! Christmas is RUINED.

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  This is a great issue of delicious. and you should all buy it

Do you like baking? Do you also like Christmas? How about Christmas-related baking – do you like that? You do? Then this month’s issue of delicious. is for you.

On page 65, past the features on homemade [...]

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Brussels sprouts with chorizo and sherry

A great evil is upon us: the evil of the Brussels sprout. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a giant serving dish of miniature brassicas being brought to the table and then being politely ignored for as long as possible.

Normally I do my best to avoid the [...]

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Pistachio and cranberry stuffing

Last week Leonard held a Christmas Mull. A bucket of red wine seething with port, brandy, sugar, spices and orange juice was kept at a constant, mouth-melting simmer and, for once, we didn’t accidentally set it on fire.

Because the Mull was a powerful beast, Leonard needed [...]

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Venison mincemeat

Already bored with the super sweet mince pies that have been doing the rounds in offices and at Christmas parties this week? The head to The Dabbler for a venison mincemeat recipe and add a whiff of Medieval Yuletide to your Christmas feasts.

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Mini lemon almond mince pies

And so I am at home, ensconced in the bosom of my family, considering the merits of Quality Street over Roses and waiting for my sherry glass to be refilled. But there is still time for one last mince pie recipe, especially as it’s [...]

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A meaty mince pie

It’s the night before the night before Christmas and if Father Christmas has any sense, he is fitting snow chains to his sleigh and fog lights to the reindeers. If he has a lot of sense, he’ll fill out a billion “Sorry You Were Out” cards [...]

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Real mincemeat with beef

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Real mincemeat with beef

Because I have no mercy on my guests, people who come to our house’s Christmas party next weekend will be subjected to mince pies made with beef mincemeat. Reactions to my plans have ranged from: ‘Ooooh, interesting,’ to ‘But there will be real mince pies, won’t [...]

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