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An easy terrine flavoured with culinary spices will save the day if guests turn up unannounced

Pork and fruit terrine will make an ideal emergency starter

December 11, 2012

There are always occasions over the festive season when friends and loved ones turn up unannounced - and it often coincides with mealtimes.

However, cooks can still impress them with their culinary skills if they have some ready-made...

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ardamom will liven up a pineapple upside down cake

Cardamom will liven up a pineapple upside down cake

December 11, 2012

Although Christmas dinner is undoubtedly the most celebrated meal of the festive season, cooks will also be trying to come up with new ideas for foods to eat on other special occasions - a Boxing Day buffet, for example.

One sweet...

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Enjoy a spicy fish curry on New Years Eve says Nigel Slater

Enjoy a spicy fish curry on New Years Eve says Nigel Slater

December 10, 2012

A spicy fish curry flavoured with ground cumin is the perfect meal for New Year’s Eve, according to celebrity chef Nigel Slater.

In an extract from his new book Kitchen Diaries II published by the Observer, Slater noted that while...

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Add pink peppercorns to festive chicken liver parfait

Add pink peppercorns to festive chicken liver parfait

December 7, 2012

Anyone looking to warm their cockles throughout the festive season might want to make a chicken liver parfait in a pot.

A winning recipe for the dish has just been published by Rose Prince in the Telegraph, who believes a combination of...

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Add cinnamon stick to hot voddy this Christmas

Add cinnamon stick to hot voddy this Christmas

December 7, 2012

The festive season coincides with long, dark nights and cold weather, so our seasonal treats are often hot and hearty.

So something like a spicy hot voddy can really hit the spot at this time of year, particularly if you are entertaining...

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Liven up Christmas ham with cloves

Liven up Christmas ham with cloves

December 6, 2012

No spice says Christmas like cloves, so they could be a perfect addition to a meal during the festive season.

Felicity Cloake has been speaking of her recommendations for preparing a Christmas ham in the Guardian and suggested making use...

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Could you make your own blackberry gin this Christmas

Could you make your own blackberry gin this Christmas

December 5, 2012

Homemade offerings are always very popular when you have friends and family round during the festive period.

However, you could really impress your visitors this Christmas if you serve up some homemade blackberry gin, as opposed to a...

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Use cinnamon with lamb this winter

Use cinnamon with lamb this winter

December 5, 2012

Hearty food really works well at this time of year, with the festive cheer and cold weather offering a perfect reason to go for filling meat-based dishes.

Braised neck of lamb can be a particularly tasty option and chef Nigel Slater has...

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German Christmas recipes get people in the festive mood

German Christmas recipes get people in the festive mood

December 4, 2012

There is something about Christmas that brings out the cook in everyone, as people gorge on any number of wonderfully rich treats.

Nothing is quite as festive at this time of year as traditional German treats, as evidenced by the...

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Use culinary spices for an Italian Christmas chocolate cake

Use culinary spices for an Italian Christmas chocolate cake

December 4, 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, caterers are sure to be trying to come up with ways to spice up their festive menus in order to provide something a little different this year.

Cakes are bit of a staple over the festive...

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