Tag Archives: Christmas

Christmas pies from Pieminister

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  As much as I love a nice pie, pastry isn’t my forte. Even the ready-made, shop-bought stuff can be too much of a faff. So I was delighted to … Continue reading

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Twice-Cooked Ham with Dr Pepper Glaze

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This is a wonderful Christmas ham: sticky and sweet, flaky yet moist. A real winner. It was originally a recipe for glazed ribs, but I’ve adapted it for gammon. And … Continue reading

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Tom Kerridge’s Christmas Turkey Roll with Sage & Onion Stuffing (adapted for Turkey Breast)

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This recipe comes from Tom Kerridge’s magnificent book ‘Proper Pub Food’, which my friend Danny bought me for Christmas. Unfortunately, I couldn’t wait until the 25th to get stuck in … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Turkey and Nuts Curry with Spicy Broccoli

  This is a great recipe for using up leftover Christmas turkey and nuts. The curry is mild and creamy with lovely big chunks of flavourful meat. Spicy broccoli makes … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: Once Christmas is out of the way, it’s time to lose my belly (maybe, possibly, might)

  Don’t whisper it too loudly, but I’ve bought my sons new trainers for Christmas, which got me thinking. Or rather, got my dearly beloved wife thinking. ‘Once Christmas is … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Pan-Fried Goose Breast with Wild Mushroom Sauce, Potato Cake and Swiss Chard

As you might expect, the texture and flavour of goose breast is similar to that of duck, though slightly richer. The main difference – obviously – is the size and … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Pan-Fried Goose Breast with Plum & Mulled Wine Sauce

This is a marvellous dish for a dinner party to get you in the Christmas spirit. The goose breast is tender and juicy, with crispy skin and a delicious layer … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Five-Spice Goose Legs with Squash and Baked Plums

If your oven isn’t big enough to hold a whole goose, then goose legs, cooked long and slow, confit-style, in the slow cooker are the answer. The meat becomes meltingly … Continue reading

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How Christmas gave our kids their Mum back (a tribute to Mother Christmas!)

We are fast approaching the anniversary of  the day I officially became a Reluctant Housedad after my wife and I swapped roles when I was made redundant. In that time, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: The Ultimate Christmas Goose with Jamie Oliver’s Get-Ahead Gravy

Christmas lunch yesterday was a triumph, mainly for the fact that I only had four of us to cook for – my wife and our two sons, as my stepdaughter … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Celebration Sous Vide Turkey Breast and Trimmings

We’re having two Christmas dinners this year on account of the fact that my stepdaughter will be with her dad on the Big Day. We have a complicated family, but … Continue reading

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The Christmas meat hamper has arrived…

  Goose, capon, gammon, forerib of beef, pigs in blankets, bacon and giblets for gravy. Pity there’ll only be four of us this year!!!  

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Last Christmas week, my brother got married, my mum died and my dad & stepdaughter had their birthdays. It’s been a bit quieter this year… …

I’m adding this post to Tara’s Sticky Fingers Gallery this week, on the theme of Christmas of Yesteryear. I know she will forgive me for the lack of photos. I’ve … Continue reading

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My bird’s turned into a penguin!

You’ve heard of the Emperor Penguin. Meet the Queen Penguin aka my missus getting ready for her office Christmas party. She looks p-p-pretty good to me! And six hours later, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Leftover Turkey Curry (and more ideas for Christmas leftovers)

  CHRISTMAS NUTS AND VEG CURRY Serves: 4 1 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil 1/4 of the onion, garlic and ginger base mixture 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp paprika 1 … Continue reading

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Here’s the proof: I’m not an Alfalfa Male! (Note: look away now if you’re squeamsh)

A mum at my sons’ Christmas fair said I wasn’t an Alpha Male on Saturday because I was making soup and mulled wine, whereas her husband wouldn’t be seen dead … Continue reading

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Should we get a puppy for Christmas?

Every boy should have a dog. Growing up, I had a dog called Sam. I even named my youngest son after him. It’s a rite of passage, teaches your children … Continue reading

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