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“Mum’s recipes were her legacy to me”

Editor Karen Barnes has a huge collection of recipes – including a few special ones passed down to her by her mother. No family Christmas is complete without this light, fresh version of the classic pudding, topped with a dollop of orangey brandy butter


“Mum was a wonderful cook and ahead of her time, as in the late 1960s and 70s, when I was growing up, she was making ‘exotic’ curries and Italian dishes when my friends’ mums were still serving dry chops with overcooked veg. She was a beautiful woman with the strongest yet gentlest of spirits, who amid wafts of Chanel No 5 was forever whizzing up good things in the kitchen while the chatter of guests floated through from the other room. She was a genius at making a lot out of a little (my dad, Michael Bourdeaux, founded a charity and research institute that championed human rights and freedom of religion, so there wasn’t a lot of money around).

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The November issue of delicious. is all about celebration. You’ll find a 20-page mix-and-match dinner party planner, as well as the recipes Rick Stein and his chef friends love to cook for others; even our midweek recipes have had a smart makeover. There are also guides to party fizz and cooking with spice. And with Christmas on the horizon we’ve asked Chetna Makan from GBBO to share her stunning festive cake recipe and compiled the ultimate gift guide for foodies so you can start planning now.