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Steak night by Dan Doherty

Pan-fried steak SERVES 8 Preparation time none Cooking time see method, plus 10–30 minutes resting 1kg (2lb 4oz) bone-in rib eye steak 1kg (2lb 4oz) bone-in sirloin steak vegetable oil knob of butter sprig of rosemary handful of garlic cloves, bashed sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper Allow the steaks to come up […]

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Kale, Bean & Winter Roots Soup

My gorgeous friend, florist Nikki Tibbles, has the most beautiful house in the country and I have been lucky enough to spend many weekends there, foraging, cooking and sharing suppers together. She makes a big batch of soup every weekend with whatever seasonal vegetables she has and packs it up for her busy week back […]

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Christmas countdown by Gizzi Erskine

I’m not going to pretend that organization is my strong suit, BUT avoiding stress is the key to enjoying the festive period – the idea is to have a good time, not a nervous breakdown. Recipes for my Christmas puddings, mincemeat, chutneys and Christmas cake will improve greatly with a bit of maturing time, so […]

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Christmas turkey pie with all the trimmings

The beloved Christmas lunch shouldn’t be exclusive to 25 December. Now you can indulge at any time of year! Chestnuts, turkey, bacon and sausage meat are encased in a gorgeous golden parcel, which can be eaten hot, warm or cold, and very easy to prepare ahead.   Serves 10 A little plain flour, for dusting […]

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December by Lia Leendertz

THE KITCHEN Cheese of the month – Beauvale Stilton is a winter cheese, and this is the same for Beauvale, a creamy, naturally spreadable Stilton made by traditional Stilton makers Cropwell Bishop in Nottinghamshire. The reason for the timing is the quality of the milk. In August and September the cows have been out all […]

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Seaweed Broth with Nori Crackers

This broth is a delicious starter to any meal, or when you just feel like a very light lunch or supper. You can add some noodles, rice or tofu if you want a little more substance. SERVES 2 For the dashi broth 8cm piece of kombu 10g dried bonito flakes (optional) 1 tablespoon dried wakame, […]

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ONE-TRAY SAUSAGE & MASH

A fuss-free way to make sausages, mash and gravy in one tray and no saucepans. Oven-baking the potatoes results in very fluffy, creamy mash. You could speed this up by microwaving the potatoes to start their cooking process. Blast them on full power for 10 minutes, turning them once halfway through, and omit the first […]

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BREAKFAST SHAKSHUKA

This is my go-to recipe for a lazy Sunday morning. It’s got everything you could want in a breakfast. I love spicy lamb merguez sausages, but if you can’t find them, replace them with uncured chorizo sausages. By the time this is ready, the aromas wafting through the house will be making everyone ravenous. Bring […]

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Recipe of the Week: Cinnamon-Spiced Squash & Butter Bean Stew

Definitely the sort of thing Jane would call a “winter warmer”, this cosy, spicy, slightly sweet stew will keep the cold at bay on even the dullest and chilliest of days. If you’re planning on entertaining then this is a great dish to make up ahead of time and simply reheat when your guests arrive, […]

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Top Five Mulled Wines

Looking for the perfect winter warmer? This week, we’re giving you something to mull over with our top five mulled wines and ciders. 1. Heston Spiced Mulled Cider £5.10 The signature taste of this mulled cider is created by ageing the cider in oak vats filled with ginger, nutmeg, clove and fresh cinnamon. The result […]

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