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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:

150g butter, softened
150g caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
150g self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk

For the frosting

200g butter, at room temperature
250g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk
green food colouring

To decorate:

silver balls, sugar stars or hundreds and thousands

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C /350F / gas mark 4.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light, fluffy and pale.

Gradually mix in the beaten egg alternating with the flour to stop the mix from curdling. Finally, stir through the vanilla extract and milk.

Place 12 paper cupcake cases into a muffin tin and divide the mixture between them.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

For the frosting: In a mixing bowl beat the butter with a spoon or spatula until smooth, then start to sift in the icing sugar, stirring regularly. Add the vanilla extract and milk. The frosting should be light and creamy.

Mix your green food colouring into the icing to give an even green colour.

Once the cupcakes are totally cool, pipe the icing onto them starting from the outside of the cake and working into the centre to create tall Christmas trees. Decorate with silver balls, stars or hundreds and thousands then allow to set for at least 30 minutes so that the icing has a slightly crispy finish

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What you need:

sunflower oil, or other neutral-tasting oil, for greasing
25g powdered gelatine
255 ml water
4 tsp rose water
450g caster sugar
3-4 drops red food colouring
3 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp cornflour

What you do:

Lightly oil a 20x25cm baking tin.

Mix the gelatine, water and rose water in a large heavy-based pan and add the sugar.

Heat gently until the sugar and gelatine have dissolved, stirring continuously.

Bring to the boil without stirring.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in the food colouring and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes.

Pour the mixture into the oiled tin and leave to set for 24 hours.

Cut into squares.

Mix the cornflour and icing sugar together and toss the Turkish Delight in the mixture.

Store in an airtight container, between layers of greaseproof paper.

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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:

FOR THE CURRY PASTE
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds, toasted
2 tsp whole cumin seeds, toasted
1 tsp whole black peppercorns, toasted
1 tsp coarse salt
3 serrano chiles, sliced
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
2 stalks fresh lemon grass, trimmed and chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 spring onions, chopped
2 tbsp chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp finely grated lime zest (from 2 limes)

For the stew:

2 oz spinach

14oz /1 tin  unsweetened regular coconut milk
14oz /1 tin  unsweetened light coconut milk
1 medium courgette (zucchini) quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 inch thick (21/4 cups)
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup fresh basil

What you do:

Make the curry paste: Grind coriander, cumin, peppercorns, and salt with a mortar and pestle, or with the bottom of a heavy skillet. Add remaining ingredients, and grind until a paste forms. (The Curry paste can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.)

Make the stew:

Puree 5 tbsp curry paste, the spinach, and 1 cup regular coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Reserve remaining curry paste for another use.

Bring remaining regular coconut milk and the light coconut milk to a boil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy stockpot. Reduce heat, stir in curry-spinach mixture, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add courgette, and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until courgette is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add basil, and garnish with serrano chiles.

Serve with rice and lime wedges.

 

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What you need:

2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup  Pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the glaze:

2 cups sifted icing sugar

3 tbsp milk

1 tbsp butter , melted

1tsp vanilla extract

What you do:

Pre heat oven to 180C /350° F/ gas mark 4

Line a tin with grease proof paper

Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

In a small bowl, mix together the icing sugar, milk, butter & vanilla extract until smooth.

Drizzle the  glaze over the cookies.

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What you need:

3 tbsp olive oil
1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
3 shallots, finely diced
400g  ( around 6 ) pork sausages
400g tin cherry tomatoes
1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced
220g red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
400g dried tagliatelle
Small bunch fresh basil leaves

What you do:

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a low heat, add the garlic and shallots and soften for 5 minutes. Split the sausage skins and add the pork mince to the pan. Cook over a high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until well browned and cooked through.

Pour over the canned tomatoes and add the chilli and fresh cherry tomatoes. Season well, bring to a simmer and warm through.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes until al dente.

Drain the pasta and return to the pan, then pour over the sauce, tossing well to coat. Divide among bowls and garnish with basil leaves to serve.

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What you need:

5¼ oz  /150g chopped onion
1 green pepper, seeded, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely-chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2.1 pts /1.2 vegetable or  chicken stock
1 (14 oz /400g) ) tin diced tomatoes
1 (14 oz /400g ) tin pink beans, rinsed and drained
3½ oz /100g diced fresh avocado, for garnish
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish

What you do:

In the bottom of a slow cooker, combine the pork, onion, green pepper, jalapeno, garlic, chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Add the stock, tomatoes and beans, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.

When ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with the avocado and coriander. Garnish the soup with lime wedges.

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What you need:

7 oz /200g dried mixed beans or Great Northern beans
2½ pts /1.4 L water
1 (14 oz /400g) ) tin whole tomatoes, with juice
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
2 oz / 60g pearl barley
1 bay leaf
1½ tbsp salt, plus additional for seasoning
2 tsp dried Italian herb blend
Freshly ground black pepper
½ oz /5g dried  mushrooms
3 oz  /85g cleaned baby spinach leaves
2¾ oz  /80g freshly grated Parmesan
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Extra-virgin olive oil

What you do:

Put the beans, water, tomatoes and their juices, garlic, celery, carrots, onion, barley, bay leaf, 1 1/2 tbsps salt, herb blend, pepper, and porcini mushrooms (if using) in a slow cooker; cover and cook on low until the beans are quite tender and the soup is thick, about eight hours.

Stir in the spinach, cheese, and vinegar, cover, and let the soup cook until the spinach wilts, about five minutes. Taste and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and drizzle each serving with olive oil.

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