Cranberry and white chocolate skillet cookie

Cranberry and white chocolate skillet cookie 1

Chocolate makes me smile. Christmas makes me smile. So an enormous, Christmassy chocolate cookie makes me smile a lot. (and yes, I am definitely saying that adding a handful of cranberries to something automatically makes it Christmassy. Add a pinch of nutmeg if you want it to feel extra festive!) Even if you don’t agree about… 

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Butternut squash and red lentil stew 3

Butternut squash and red lentil stew

Are you feeling a bit worse for wear this winter? I seem to get a cold without fail every year, and just generally feel a bit rotten for months on end. As if the cold, wet weather and dark mornings weren’t enough, mother nature consistently decides that this time of year should also involve a runny nose… 

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Carrot and cashew nut loaf 6

Carrot and cashew nut roast

If my cheese and onion plait wasn’t your thing, here’s another vegetarian Christmas dinner idea – carrot and cashew nut roast! A reader emailed me the other day (hello Faye!) and asked if I had a nut roast recipe, and it was only then that I realised that I had never, ever made a nut… 

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Leek and cheese stuffed savoury French toast 7

Leek and cheese stuffed savoury French toast

In the UK, we have something called ‘eggy bread’. We like our simple recipe titles over here (see: cheese on toast, beans on toast… not toad in the hole), so eggy bread is exactly what it sounds like: bread, dipped in egg, then cooked. I’m pretty sure that the much more exotic sounding French toast… 

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Perfect roast potatoes 2

How to make the perfect roast potatoes

Firstly, I apologise for the slightly arrogant title! Obviously everyone has their own idea of what makes the perfect roast potato, but in my opinion, this is it. Soft and fluffy inside, super crispy on the outside – absolutely perfect. Now, I definitely don’t make roast potatoes this way every time – they’re a bit… 

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Cheese and onion plait 6

Cheese and onion plait

One of the best things about the Christmas period is that you have an excuse to make recipes like this cheese and onion plait (in case you needed an excuse). Potatoes. Cheese. Pastry. It’s not exactly health food – in fact it’s more of a carb fest, with plenty of cheese thrown in for good… 

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Lemon almond shortbread snowflakes 3

Lemon almond shortbread snowflakes

I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet (okay, maybe I do), but aren’t these just the prettiest little biscuits? Lemon almond shortbread, cut into stars and decorated like snowflakes! I’m not allowed to put the Christmas tree up for another week or two yet, so you better believe I’m sneaking some Christmas spirit in wherever I… 

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