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Classic Christmas Cake

Packed full of rich fruit, nuts and flavour, this classic Christmas cake recipe is quick and easy to bake. Serves 16-20 Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus cooling Bake time: 2 hours, 10 minutes You will also need: a 20cm springform cake tin, base and sides greased and double-lined with baking parchment. Ingredients 150g Plain flour 50g Self-raising flour 1tsp Mixed …

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Cranberry, apricot and pecan Express Quinoa stuffing balls

For a healthier alternative to a breadcrumb stuffing with the turkey this Christmas, try ready-to-eat Express Quinoa from Quinola – gluten-free, high in protein, calcium and iron and quick and simple to prepare. Ingredients 1 packet black and pearl Express Quinoa from Quinola 3 tbsp cranberries 3 tbsp dried apricots 3 tbsp pecans 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, …

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Muscovado & Mustard Glazed Ham

This ultimate year-round ham recipe from Billington’s is simple and easy to prepare. The muscovado glaze will transform any ham. Try it on Boxing Day with plum, cranberry and chilli chutney. Serves 6-8 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus cooling Cooking time: 2 hours 5 minutes Ingredients 2kg Boneless unsmoked gammon joint 1 Large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped into chunks …

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Christmas gift guide

Neurotic, stressed and panic buying has been my Christmas shopping tradition for as long as I can remember. This year, I’m taking the Zen approach to Christmas. Making sure Christmas shopping is completed at least a week before Christmas and ensuring that any gifts I buy will be meaningful and useful. So here are my Christmas gift ideas: Natural Empathy …

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Linguine alla Parmigiana

Recent recipes have all had a festive theme in tune with Christmas and New Year just round the corner but today, I had the hankering for good old fashion comfort food and this Linguine alla Parmigiana is just that. It’s an easy pasta recipe that depends on fine ingredients to make it taste so special. Enjoy! Ingredients 100g (4oz) Parmigiano …

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Christmas Parma Ham Salad

Christmas Parma Ham Salad Jewelled with Pomegranate, Mint, Toasted almonds and White Stilton. Serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main. Ingredients 2 large handfuls mixed green leaves 120g White Stilton 20g toasted almond flakes 1 handful mint leaves, torn Seeds from 1 pomegranate 4 slices Parma Ham Dressing: Zest and juice of 1 lime ½ tsp runny …

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Festive Plum, Cranberry & Chilli Chutney Recipe.

Fill Kilner jars with this delicious chutney and tie with a pretty ribbon and tag for the perfect foodie Christmas gift. This fantastic chutney recipe from Billington’s makes around 500ml. takes 15mins to prepare and 1 hour 15 minutes to cook. Ingredients 300g Billington’s Unrefined Molasses Sugar 100ml Red wine vinegar 200ml Cranberry juice 550g Plums, stoned and roughly chopped …

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Orange & Butterscotch Pudding

Orange & Butterscotch Pudding Recipe: Between now and Christmas, there’ll be tons of delicious festive recipes coming your way. This yummy pudding recipe is courtesy of Mitchell Beazley from the book ‘The Good Table’. Enjoy! Ingredients 2 small unwaxed oranges 225g butter, plus extra for greasing 125g dark muscovado sugar 100g caster sugar 265g self-raising flour 4 large free-range eggs …

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