Spiced Plum Tarte Tatin

From: Rachel Allen: All Things Sweet

Serve in slices with softly whipped cream.

Festive Fruity Steamed Pudding

From: Rachel Allen: All Things Sweet

Serve with lightly whipped cream.

Christmas Feast: Plum and Star Anise-Glazed Ham

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Sweet, sticky and aromatic, this Christmas ham comes with serious sophistication. Like most good Christmas hams this recipe is all about the glaze. The combination of sweet orange, sticky plum jam and Asian star anise ticks all the boxes in terms of Christmas tastes.

Christmas Feast: Honey Mustard Beetroot Gravadlax with Swedish Crisp Bread, Dill Crème Fraîche and Cucumber Pickle

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

If you are looking for a slightly different starter this Christmas, this salmon gravadlax recipe is an ideal solution and can all be made well in advance, leaving very little to do last minute.

Christmas Feast: Honey and Soy Sesame Carrots

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Of course, these carrots could also be roasted in the oven in the glaze but Christmas is a time when oven space is often at a premium so I've decided to blanch them first and then finish them in a hot wok.

Christmas Feast: Baked Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

If you want a no-fuss Brussels sprouts recipe that can be made ahead of time then this is the one for you. Baked in a creamy sauce, these Brussels sprouts can be kept warm in a low oven covered with foil until you are ready to serve them. Alternatively, they can be prepared in advance ready to pop into the oven as the turkey comes out to rest.

Christmas Feast: Swedish Crisp Bread

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

In Sweden these are eaten with most meals of the day. Making them at home is incredibly easy and, best of all, crisp bread can be stored for months in an airtight container. The Swedes use a kruskavel (a rolling pin with large studs) to roll out their crisp bread, resulting in small dimples all across the surface. A similar effect can be achieved by dotting the surface with a fork.

Louisiana Crab Salad

From: Today

A great combination of flavours.

MacNean Chocolate & Coole Swan Truffles

From: Today

These truffles will keep well in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.


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