Caramelised Chicken with Oranges

Lynda says: "This is one of those dinners that requires minimal work and makes for a great family meal. At the end of the cooking, the chicken pieces are golden and caramelised and have absorbed some of the orangey syrup. I generally serve this with rice and some crunchy vegetables on the side such as green beans, asparagus or purple sprouting broccoli, depending on the season. You may prefer to buy chicken legs and thighs instead of a whole chicken as the bones impart so much flavour."

Upside Down Pear and Ginger Cake

Lynda says: "This pear and ginger dessert is like a tarte tatin, but with a cake base. When the cake comes out of the oven it is flipped upside down, revealing the pears covered by the caramel and ginger syrup."

Braised Duck Legs with Pomme Purée

Lynda says: "Braising is a technique that works particularly well for cuts of meat that would otherwise be tough. Slow-cooking duck legs (or chicken legs) in a broth with vegetables and aromatics makes for a comforting dish that requires nothing other than some mashed potato as an accompaniment. Cabbage is included here, but carrots or baby turnips would also work well. This dish was adapted from a recipe by Alice Waters in her inspiring book Chez Panisse Cooking."

Pan-fried Brill with Green Spice Paste and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Lynda says: "There are two ingredients in the paste that may be unfamiliar. Chaat masala is a combination of eight spices, which can be bought in ground form. This is a very mild spice that has a sweet and sour tang and is traditionally brushed over chicken tandoori or grilled fruit chaat, typical street food. Fenugreek leaves come from the fenugreek plant and are available in dried form. They have a very different flavour to fenugreek seeds, which come from the same plant. The choice of fish will vary according to availability. Other options to the brill listed here are John Dory, turbot, halibut or sea bass."

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

These make wonderfully chewy and crumbly cookies which are easily adaptable - just use whatever ingredients you might have in the store cupboard. Feel free to swap out the chocolate and raisins with other dried fruit, nuts or seeds.

Florentines

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Florentines are rich and decadent and very simple to make at home. They make a perfect edible gift for Christmas.

Brioche French Toast with Berries and Nutella

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This is definitely not an everyday breakfast, but for special occasions it makes a wonderful celebration breakfast, perfect for Christmas morning.

Mulled Apple Juice (Spice Mixture)

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Try adding a good splash of dark rum or replacing the apple juice with cider for a mulled cider.

Chocolate Sensation

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef - Christmas Special

Three words: indulge, indulge, indulge.




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