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The December issue of delicious. contains everything you need to make this Christmas and New Year your best ever. You’ll find: mix-and-match menus (canapés, starters, mains, desserts); all the roasts from duck, turkey, ham, vegetarian and vegan – and what to do with leftovers; Gill Meller’s celeriac ravioli; a new Christmas pudding from Paul A Young; easy cake decoration; a classic from Delia; plus, our Properly Useful Guide to the best drinks, cocktails, gifts, cheese and shop-bought shortcuts. It’s a happy Christmas guaranteed.

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Give your celebration the personal touch with these winning combos
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“Planning what to eat over the celebratory days is
These seriously impressive pull-apart wreaths look super Christmassy and are easier to make than you’d imagine. Choose from melty-oozy cheese with garlicky buns, a sticky, boozy, nutty number and a gorgeous star-shaped wreath with a secret ingredient. But why stop at one?
If you’re looking for a knockout meat-free centrepiece, look no further… Either of these flavour-packed creations for the main event, from two brilliant chefs and tested by our food team, will grace your table in style
Drop-dead-gorgeous pictures and achievable, fab-tasting recipes are the trademarks of Australian cookery legend Donna Hay. Bring on the glistening ham and crisp, fruity duck – roasts fit for a baronial-style platter, a day of celebration and a gathering of the clans
If the house is quiet and the kitchen is free, indulge in some me-time to create homemade pasta filled with one of winter’s best (and often overlooked) veg: celeriac. Gill Meller’s ravioli puts it centre stage
Gather your friends and celebrate the coming of 2020 with a laid-back sharing feast. This gorgeous collection of Indian flavours will add spice to the proceedings – and it even includes a zingy, knockout idea for leftover sprouts. Let the countdown begin…
“Who doesn’t love a warm sausage roll to kick off a Christmas party? A slice of this Italian-inspired version is generous enough to serve as a main course with a winter salad, or it will sit splendidly as part of a sharing spread. The flaky, buttery pastry is a little readymade cheat I’ve discovered… Think of it as my Christmas gift to you.”
These little beauties might all look the same, but some of them hide an unexpected but very traditional ingredient among the usual fruit, spices and booze. Turn the page to find out what it is
‘Waste not, want not’ is a good motto to live (and cook) by, especially at this time of year. Give your festive leftovers the love they deserve with these practical, flavourful recipes
It’s hard to imagine that before Delia showcased cranberries, they mostly came in sauce jars. This simple do-ahead dessert is a wonderful way to use the fruit’s sharp-sweet characteristics
These supermodel puddings aren’t ‘just like the ones you used to know’: each has had a snowy-white makeover, and the results are as luscious as they are beautiful… Eat your heart out, Vogue
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He’s known for his inventive chocolatey creations and, at this time of year, Paul ramps up expectations (and the flavours) even further. These super-easy iced brownies combine classic festive flavours in a single bake. The result? A crowdpleaser that’s pure Christmas
Dressing up your fruit-studded cake in snow-white finery with a hidden layer of marzipan is a tradition worth sticking to. There’s no need to spend all afternoon doing it, though. This easy-but-beautiful decoration uses Delia’s classic Christmas cake as its base (if you missed it last month, find the recipe at deliciousmagazine.co.uk)
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Everyone loves a retro cocktail but Christmas isn’t the same without a good mulled wine too, so here are two tried-and-tested favourites, plus a warming non-alcoholic punch
The array on shop shelves is mind-boggling, from the glitter-dusted to the ‘more style than substance’ (no comment). Then there are the festive food treats that are clever, look the part and taste brilliant. We dedicated hours to tasting and seeking out the best… The products on these pages are the ones worth making a detour for
A good showing of cheese is non-negotiable at this time of year. What is negotiable is which cheese you serve. Cheese aficionado Patrick McGuigan encourages an adventurous approach, making room for some of Britain’s best new cheeses
Give someone a meal and you feed them for a day… Buy them a cookery lesson and they can feed you for a lifetime. Deal! Cookery classes make great gifts, so here are a few – from the regular to the unusual – to consider for someone special
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We’ve put together a collection of songs inspired by the season’s food and drink – an ideal companion for wrapping presents or preparing the feast… Turn up the volume and enjoy!
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