Dad’s Braised Oxtail

From: Kevin Dundon's Christmas Made Easy

Any time you ask my dad about food he always brings up oxtail. I’m fairly sure it would be his dessert island dish. When he tried out this recipe, he told me it was "bloody great!" so I think it got his seal of approval! If you haven’t cooked oxtail before the aim is to cook them until the meat just falls off the bone. I serve mine sitting proudly on top of some creamy colcannon mash.

Cajun Spatchcock Chicken

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The combination of spices here is so tasty, but if you don't have them all, don't be afraid to try dried herbs instead or even fresh herbs if you have some available.

Sofie's rhubarb panna cotta

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

When my girlfriend Sofie was growing up, her grandparents had one of the most amazing vegetable gardens in Sweden, with wild strawberries, and big, bushy apple trees. Huge rhubarb bushes still spring up every year and the last time we visited I made this creamy panna cotta, which is a wonderful way to enjoy some of the summer’s finest rhubarb.

Orange Polenta Cake with Honey and Rosewater Syrup

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This fragrant and moist cake is not only visually beautiful, it also has the most delicious spiced sweet orange and honey flavour. The cake can be made gluten-free as long as you use a gluten-free baking powder.

Ultimate Mexican baked eggs

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

I make these eggs in the morning whenever we’ve had any late-night guests who decided to stay over. They make a really funky and filling brunch.

Rich Tomato Italian Meatballs with Linguine

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

If I was to name one recipe that is ideal food therapy, it's this. There is something extremely relaxing about rolling the meat into little balls and plopping them into a boiling, rich, tomato sauce. I rely solely on the heat of the sauce to cook and infuse the balls with flavour and I love to serve the dish on a big platter with serving spoons, so that people can dig in at the table.

Rustic Steak Sandwiches

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

I love steak sandwiches done right. Make sure you get bread which is crusty but with a nice dough interior, which means you can pick it up in your hands to eat - the only way steak sandwiches were ever meant to be eaten!

Chilli Jam

From: Four Live

Perfect for yourself for Christmas leftovers, or as a really thoughtful gift

Apple Strudel Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

A treasure from my Christmas Special visit to Austria!




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