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 […]

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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

On December 14, 2009 By

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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Mulled wine

On December 4, 2009 By

Mulled wine

If you’ve read the comments on the Mulled cider post, then you’ll have read the story of the flaming pot incident. That incident taught me two crucial things about mulled wine:

1 Don’t put in so much hard liquor and fortified wine that it makes the […]

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Beetroot and apple chutney

A tsunami of cheese and meat is just 22 days away. Less if you’ve already started going to Christmas parties and eating bits of goats’ cheese on toast, mini Yorkshire puds stuffed with beef and all the other tiny party tidbits that conspire to make your […]

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Apple and mincemeat pie

On November 25, 2009 By

Apple and mincemeat pie

Yesterday I posted the fruitalicious Apple and lemon mincemeat recipe and an enormous jar of it is maturing in my utility room for this Christmas’ mince pie orgy. However, I only have the one enormous preserving jar and my urge to go to Peckham […]

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