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What you need:

40g unsalted butter, softened
Finely grated zest of ½ orange
Small handful of fresh flatleaf parsley, finely chopped
1kg fresh Brussels sprouts
200g pack cooked and peeled whole chestnuts, roughly chopped

What you do:

Make the orange butter. Put the butter, zest and parsley in a bowl, season, and beat until smooth. Wrap in greaseproof paper and chill for 15 minutes.

Wash the sprouts in salted water. Drain, rinse, and discard any damaged leaves. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the sprouts and blanch for 3-4 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water. Repeat, until cool, then drain and set aside.

Just before serving, melt half the orange butter in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the sprouts and chestnuts and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Season and put in a serving dish. Dot the rest of the butter over the top to serve.

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What you need:

1 litre vegetable stock or cold water
250g polenta or coarse maize
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Fig and red onion relish
75g goat’s cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

What you do:

Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Combine the polenta, salt and oregano then quickly whisk them into the boiling liquid. As soon as it comes to the boil again, reduce the heat and exchange your whisk for a wooden spoon. Simmer the polenta, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes or until thick and porridge-like. Be careful as it will splatter volcanically.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and quickly spread the polenta evenly over it so it is no more than 1cm (½in) thick. Use a dampened pallet for at least 30 minutes. (The recipe can be prepared up to two days in advance to this stage.)

Using a 3-4cm (1¼-1½ in) round cutter, cut out rounds from the polenta. Brush both sides of each round with olive oil and cook the wedges either under a hot grill or in a griddle pan, turning once, until golden and crisp. Alternatively heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes each side.

Place the polenta rounds on a serving platter. Put a dollop of Fig and red onion relish on each round and top with a small cube or crumble of goat’s cheese and a grind of black pepper.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

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What you need:

For the goose
1 x 5kg/11lb oven-ready goose
1 onion, peeled and quartered
3 bay leaves, plus extra for garnish
3 small red apples (such as Cox or Discovery), cut in half horizontally
sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper
For the stock
goose giblets
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped into 2cm/¾in pieces
1 celery stick, chopped into roughly 2cm/¾ pieces
2 bay leaves
small bunch fresh thyme
For the apple and sage stuffing
2 tbsp goose fat (reserved from cooking the goose)
2 onions, finely chopped
1 medium-sized cooking apple, peeled, cored and cut into quarters
1 tsp caster sugar
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves, plus extra sage leave to garnish
1 goose liver (optional)
100g/3½oz fresh white breadcrumbs
500g/1lb 2oz good-quality sausage meat
For the cider gravy
2 heaped tbsp plain flour
300ml/10fl oz giblet stock (see above)
250ml/9fl oz dry cider

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6.
Place the goose on a rack over a large sturdy roasting tin and prick with a skewer a few times down each side just below the wing. Season the goose well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Put the quartered onion and 3 bay leavers into the goose body cavity and cover the legs with folded triangles of foil. Roast the goose for one hour, then take it out of the oven and put on a board. Carefully drain the fat from the roasting tin into a large heatproof bowl.
Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.

Cook the goose for another hour, removing the foil after 30 minutes so the legs can brown. (If your goose is very fatty, you may need to remove it from the oven and drain the fat one more time during the last hour of cooking.)

To test when the goose is cooked, pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer, then press the skewer against the leg and check the juices that run out. When the goose is cooked, the juices should run clear.
Remove the goose from the oven and transfer to a warmed serving platter. Cover loosely with foil and a couple of dry tea towels. Leave to rest for 25-30 minutes.

Increase the oven temperature to 220C/425F/Gas mark 7.

Meanwhile, for the stock and stuffing, separate the liver from the rest of the giblets. Pat dry on kitchen paper and cut into small pieces, discarding any sinew or damaged parts. Put in a small bowl, cover and chill until ready to use.

Put the rest of the giblets into a large saucepan. Add the onion, carrots, celery stick, bay leaves, thyme and seasoning. Pour over 1 litre/1¾ pints water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 1¼ hours. Cover with a lid for the final 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a measuring jug.

For the stuffing: heat two tablespoons of the reserved fat in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the onions for five minutes, or until softened and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Scatter the apple into the pan with the onion and sprinkle with the sugar. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes, or until lightly carameslised. Add the goose liver and fry for a further 1-2 minutes until browned. Place the mixture into a large bowl and set aside to cool.

Stir in the breadcrumbs, sausage meat and sage to the onions, apple and liver once cooked. Season with lots of salt and pepper and mix well. Grease a 20cm x 30cm/8in x 12in shallow baking tin with a little more of the reserved goose fat. Spoon the stuffing mixture into the tin and spread evenly. Cover and chill until ready to bake.

Place the eating apples alongside the stuffing balls. Brush the cut-side of each apple with a little more oil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the stuffing is golden-brown and cooked through.

For the gravy: hold the roasting tin with a dry tea towel at one end, so all the cooking juices run to the corner. Remove as much of the goose fat as possible,
Place the roasting tin over a medium heat and stir in the flour until thoroughly combined. Slowly stir in the cider and the goose stock. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly and scraping up the sediment from the bottom of the pan. Pour into a saucepan and return to a simmer, stirring with a whisk to break up any floury lumps. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally then season with plenty of salt and pepper. Strain though a fine sieve into a warmed jug.

Remove the tea towel and foil from the goose. Place the apples around the goose and garnish with a few sage or bay leaves. Serve the stuffing and gravy with the goose at the table.

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What you need:

pancake ingredients:
2 eggs
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
4 tbsp melted butter
5 tbsp canned pumpkin
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
few drops of orange  food coloring

black cinnamon syrup ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 brown sugar
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup water
black food coloring gel

What you do:

pancake instructions
Preheat a small frying pan over medium heat. Coat pan with no stick spray.
Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, butter, pumpkin, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend with mixer until smooth. Add just a few drops of gel food coloring until you get a nice orange (it doesn’t take much).
Pour or scoop the batter into the heated frying pan, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
When the batter stops bubbling and edges begin to harden, flip the pancakes. They should be golden brown. This will take from 1 to 2 minutes.
Flip the pancakes and cook other side for the same amount of time, until golden brown.

black cinnamon syrup directions
In a saucepan combine all ingredients except for the food coloring gel. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
As it starts to heat, add in a little of the black food coloring and mix in, add more until it’s as dark as can be (it doesn’t take much). Allow it to boil for a few moments until the mixture has thickened.
Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to put into a Squeeze Bottle.

Make your design on each of the pancakes.

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What you need:

3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples. (Make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Granny Smith or similar)
4 strips of lemon peel  (use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths)
Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
3 inches of cinnamon stick
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt

What you do:

Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels. Mash with potato masher.
Ready to serve, either hot or refrigerated.

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What you need:

25g butter
1 onion, sliced
½ tsp salt
150ml double cream
1 bay leaf
6 cloves , whole
75g white breadcrumbs
300ml milk
1 pinch black pepper , freshly ground
1 pinch nutmeg , grated

What you do:

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the onion. Cook over a low heat for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, cream, bay leaf, and cloves, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow to stand for 20 minutes, so the flavours have time to infuse. (This can be prepared ahead and left to infuse, or the complete sauce can be made in advance. Cover the surface of the sauce with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to use, remove cling film and gently reheat).

Discard the bay leaf and cloves, then pour the onion mixture into a food processor, and blend to a smooth purée. If you do not have a food processor, very finely chop the onion instead of slicing.

Place the breadcrumbs and milk in a pan, and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for 5–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to make a smooth, thickened sauce. (If you feel the sauce is too thick, then add a little more milk.)

Stir in the onion purée, season to taste with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with nutmeg.

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What you need:

1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of fresh orange juice
1 tsp of orange zest

What you do:

Put all ingredients into a sauce an and mix well.
Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil.
Boil for about 10 minutes until the cranberries pop. There may be a few light colored ones that don’t pop, but don’t worry. They soften as the sauce cools.

Serve the sauce at room temp or slightly warm.

The sauce can also be made up to 2 days before and kept in the fridge.

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What you need:

450g caster sugar
225g powdered glucose
2 egg whites
8 sheets rice paper, measuring 6 x 15cm
150g hazelnuts & pistachio nuts mix, roughly chopped and toasted

What you do:

Place the sugar, powdered glucose and 150ml water in a large, heavy-based saucepan on a medium heat and bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10–15 minutes, without stirring, until a sugar thermometer dipped into the mixture reads 121°C.

Place the egg whites in a large bowl and once the sugar syrup temperature reaches about 110°C begin whisking them to stiff peaks in an electric food mixer on a low setting. Once the syrup reaches its final temperature, pour about a quarter of it, in a slow, steady stream, into the egg whites, continuing to whisk.

Immediately return the remaining syrup to the heat and continue to cook, without stirring, for about 5 minutes or until the thermometer reads 149°C all the while continuing to whisk the egg whites on a slow speed.

Again once the syrup reaches the right temperature; pour it carefully and in a slow, steady stream into the whisking egg whites. Continue to whisk the egg whites for about 30 minutes until stiff and halved in volume. Scrape down the sides of the bowl every so often with a palette knife or spatula dipped in boiling water.

Cover the bottom of a 25 x 15cm cake tin with half the rice paper. Stir the nuts into the fully whisked nougat mixture, mix well and pour into the prepared tin. Working quickly, spread evenly using a palette knife or spatula dipped in boiling water. Place the remaining sheets of rice paper on top to cover, pressing down to stick.

Allow to cool and then place in the fridge for 4–6 hours or overnight until set. Remove the slab of nougat from the baking tin and cut into about 36 fingers.

Store in the fridge, wrapped individually in parchment paper or cling film

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What you need:

400g frozen raspberries , defrosted
50g icing sugar
300g honey & almond  nougat bar
450ml double cream
25g whole almonds , skin on
25g pistachios , plus a few extra to decorate

What you do:

Whizz the raspberries and icing sugar together in a food processor, then sieve, pressing through as much raspberry as you can with a wooden spoon.

Line a 2lb loaf tin with cling film ( it helps if you brush the tin with oil first to get the cling film to stick and stay in place). Pour in the raspberry sauce and freeze for 1 hr.

Quickly dip the nougat bars in water – this should allow you to peel away the rice paper. (Don’t worry if you don’t get it all as it will disappear when melted). Put the bars into a pan with 200ml cream. Melt over a low heat, stirring constantly and using a wooden spoon to break up the nougat into smaller bits as it softens. After a while you should end up with a smooth, sticky, creamy mixture. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little. Whip the remaining cream in a large mixing bowl to stiff peaks.

When the nougat is cooler, but still soft and sauce-like, fold it one-third at a time into the whipped cream. Scatter over the whole nuts and fold once to mix. Scrape into the loaf tin, cover with cling film and freeze overnight, or for up to a month.

Transfer the loaf to the fridge 15 mins before you want to serve it. Unwrap and turn out onto a serving plate. Peel off the cling film, roughly chop a few extra pistachios and scatter over before slicing.

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What you need:

4 tuna steaks (about 1 1/2” thick)
Zest & Juice from one lime (or lemon)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced ginger root
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
¼ cup toasted sesame oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chili paste
¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

What you do:

Mix together all the marinate ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Put the tuna steaks into the Marinate mix(inside the bag) making sure they are all coated, & leave in there  for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 2 hours in refrigerator (remove from fridge 30 minutes before cooking).

Heat pan on medium-high heat. Remove tuna from marinade. Add tuna steaks to pan and cook 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the 2nd side (cover to reduce splattering). Tuna will be cooked about ¼” around, and rare in middle, or cook a little longer to be ‘well done’ .

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