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Dec-17
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WELCOME TO December
As the days shorten, the anticipation grows. Gifts
READ ALL ABOUT IT
FOR STARTERS
NEWS, NIBBLES OF KNOWLEDGE AND GOOD THINGS TO DO RIGHT NOW
DONATE £1 AND HELP CHANGE LIVES
The charity StreetSmart is working this winter to ensure
EBENEZER SCROOGE
The infamous moneylender loosens his wallet (and his belt) once a year for an extravagant repast of fire-warmed toast and a certain kind of mint sweet. It’s all in the spirit of Christmas…
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Tell us what you think of delicious. (good and bad)
Christmas sanity
If there’s anyone who knows how to navigate this frenetic time of year as if on a sea of calm, it’s Nigella. Emulate her swan-like unflappability by taking note of her freezer friends and tips for the storecupboard… Essentially, it’s a plan-ahead shopping list to make all your celebratory food moments efficient – not unmanageable
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT…
Have you been invited somewhere this Christmas? Then make sure you’re a good guest, says our regular columnist Kay Plunkett-Hogge
OTHER GOOD THINGS
Over £8,400 of prizes to be won
To celebrate our favourite time of year we’re giving away these fabulous prizes, each worth at least £1,000. Go online to enter – good luck!
LOOSE ENDS
Don’t let this month’s special ingredients linger in your kitchen. Instead make the most of them with these smart and easy ideas
CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
CHEF’S STEP BY STEP
Party tricks
The festive season is nothing if not an opportunity
SPECIAL ESCAPES
for cold winter nights
COMING NEXT MONTH IN… delicious
• Cheer-up comfort food, from perfect breakfasts to
RECIPE INDEX
• Brussels sprouts with preserved lemons and pomegranate
Save the kitchen!
If kitchens are being built smaller and food deliveries
YOUR RECIPE INSPIRATION
Capture the magic! THE FLAVOURS, MUSIC & JOY OF CHRISTMAS
What heralds the start of the celebrations for you? Perhaps it’s the first sound of music you link to Christmas – the angelic voices of a choir through an open church door or a song that reminds you of festive parties and revelry. Add evocative cooking aromas into the mix and it’ll fast-track you straight to nostalgia warp 10. Here’s how to do just that, with outstanding recipes, each inspired by a favourite song
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…
Make the caramels up to 3 days in advance and keep
All I want for Christmas is you
Tradition takes the starring role at Christmas but there’s still a place for a bit of glitz and glamour. Channel Mariah Carey’s 1994 song and demand what your heart desires… This decadent dessert is a good place to start, to be enjoyed whenever the mood strikes.
I wish it could be Christmas every day
The leftover snack to end all snacks, this quick recipe makes ingenious use of the ends of the cheeseboard, odd nuggets of stuffing and even the last spoonfuls of gravy – the moist-maker (from Friends). We might not be able to have Christmas every day, as wished for in Wizzard’s 1973 party classic, but a good leftover sarnie will keep that festive feeling alive and kicking long after 25 December… Yes, please!
The festive larder of DREAMS
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. In addition to decking the halls, food writer Lucas Hollweg is squirrelling away all manner of ingredients to keep crowds happily fed – and last-minute panics under control
The most special lunch of the year
The Christmas feast is so eagerly anticipated and so long in the planning. But along with all that expectation comes a fair bit of stress. In our view everyone, including the cook – especially the cook! – deserves their share of peace and goodwill. The big lunch is never going to be entirely stress free, so don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise, but here’s how to make the task manageable and even enjoyable… Merry Christmas!
Vegetarian SHOWSTOPPERS
Good looks, great taste – these meat-free festive centrepieces have it all, with a healthy helping of wow factor for good measure
Mum vs (chef) son THE GREAT CHRISTMAS GRAVY-OFF
Imagine a roast without gravy – the unsung hero of the traditional lunch. At Christmas, enriched with juices from the festive roast, it’s this unassuming accompaniment’s chance to shine… But can you improve on a classic? We pitched chef Dan Doherty against his mum Margaret in a challenge to find out if cheffy gravy can compete with the old-fashioned way of doing things
Get-in-the-twinkly-mood films for food lovers
Here are the best movies to enjoy over the festivities. They might not all have food as their central theme, but their Christmassy greatness makes up for that. Plus, find out the appropriate things to nibble or slurp while watching them, to make like a proper fan
Nigella’s SIDE-DISH WIZARDRY
I hate hearing people describe themselves as ‘just’ a home cook. We cook to bring pleasure, comfort and flavour to life, to the table. Home cooking isn’t about treating food as a museum piece or an empty exercise in nostalgia. So many recipes are drawn from meals I remember, the food I’ve eaten at various stages in my life, and in evoking memories I’m making them part of how I live and eat now.
10 super-quick CANAPÉS
Party nibbles can be such a faff to make – but not these. They’re ridiculously tasty and each takes only 10 minutes to put together
”It’s a privilege to look after someone at the end of their life”
While the festivities signal a break from the daily grind for most of us, 900,000-plus people in the UK still have to work on 25 December. Kerry Fowler meets two whose jobs keep them away from home on Christmas Day – but who have their own special ways of celebrating
The Stein family’s NEW YEAR’S EVE FEAST
The run-up to Christmas couldn’t be busier for the Steins as they make sure everyone in their restaurants has a sparkling celebration. But what happens after the buzz of the main event has passed? How do they see out the old year and ring in the new? We asked Rick and sons Jack and Charlie to create a menu that’s all about round-the-table joy. Good news: its easy to do and fabulous
HOW NIGEL SLATER DOES SWEET festive treats
Something impressive to bake, plus two brilliantly simple things to do with that spare panettone, all wrapped up with nowhere to go
THE LOW-SUGAR MARVEL
We tweaked and tested this beautiful pudding umpteen times using a clever mix of ingredients such as almond butter and cocoa nibs to please the palate while keeping the added sugar down. The result is worthy of any festive gathering
The recipe hall of fame MINCE PIES
They’ve been around for centuries and they’re a bolted-on Christmas essential, but is there a definitive version? If there is, you can guarantee food writer Debbie Major has it nailed
Speedy soup?
When you’re making a warming bowl of soup, do you prefer it ready in minutes or cooked nice and slow? Either way, it deserves OXO Ready To Use Stock
The best gluten-free MINCE PIES
When these mince pies arrived at the office from Serena and Flo at the outstanding Pearl & Groove bakery, they lasted mere seconds, banishing all preconceptions of slightly dusty gluten-free products. Here, the pastry is beautifully made and laced with rum, then filled with just the right balance of mincemeat and frangipane. We had to get the recipe so you can try them too
How to make a WINTER WONDERLAND CAKE
One idea, two easy designs. Create a super-cool icy blue marbled cake and keep it simple with just a few snowflake decorations, or top it with homemade snowmen for a fairytale touch
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YOUR COMPLETE FOOD LOVER’S SHOPPING GUIDE
Need a delicious. helping hand around the vast array
FESTIVE SHOPPER’S GUIDE
The delicious. GIFT GUIDE
“Still have a few food-loving people to tick off your
Delicious. ONLINE SHOP
Did you know our new shop sells top quality free-range turkeys, wine, gin, liqueurs, smoked salmon, cheese, mince pies…? SO many delectable treats for your festive table and to buy as gifts. Visit delicious magazine.co.uk/shop to find the latest gems
LEARNING SOMETHING NEW: THE BEST GIFT OF ALL
Going on a cookery course is one of the most rewarding ways to spend a day, which is why we’d heartily recommend one as a gift for a food lover (or the food-curious). We’ve tested four to inspire your choice
Festive BEST IN SHOW
The big Christmas shop can be a daunting task, especially with the abundance of Yuletide treats dreamed up by the retailers each year. But which are worth buying? From standout starters to show-stopping puddings, nibbles and standbys, we’ve tasted and tested myriad products to find the star buys of 2017
Festive solutions
If you’re cooking vegetarian on Christmas Day, there’s
Your one-stop shop for festive drinks
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Season’s greetings
This Christmas, welcome the melt-in-themouth Saint Agur onto your cheeseboard
FRIDGE-RAID SUPPERS
One-stop recipe inspiration to make the most of those gorgeous Christmas ingredients we all tend to stock up on (and buy too much of) at this time of year
THE FRIDAY NIGHT SUPPER
Chill after a long week with a bowl of something spicy
SOUP OF THE MONTH
This vibrant bowlful is special enough to ring the changes and serve to friends
THE BATCH-COOK RECIPE
Make this smoky chilli, serve two thirds now and freeze the rest to make a sensational cowboy pie
BREAD TAKE A LOAF OF…
Just a few slices create the base of four tempting weeknight dishes – a easy and packed with flavour
Baby food for every stage
As you embark on the weaning journey, trust HiPP Organic’s extensive range of organic baby foods to help your child discover and develop their own taste buds
BE A BETTER COOK
Delicious. KITCHEN
Christmas: it’s just one big meal, right? Every year
THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION
MEAT
Meat lovers are in for a treat
In this special supplement we’ve brought together a
showstoppers.
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MEAT KNOW-HOW
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