Spiced Mixed Nuts

From: Four Live

Sometimes a bowl of these in the middle of a table at a drinks reception is just enough.

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: Black Forest Brownie Trifle

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This recipe might look a little complicated but in fact it's incredibly easy. If you're very short of time use shop-bought brownies, a carton of readymade custard that you stir the melted chocolate into and a couple of posh jars of cherries in kirsch. Whatever way you decide to do it always use the best quality dark chocolate you can afford. It's best to leave the final part of the assembly to the last minute for the most spectacular impact.

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.

Louisiana Crab Salad

From: Today

A great combination of flavours.




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