Prawn & Coconut Soup

Serves 2 351 calories 16.3g saturated fat 1 tbsp vegetable or groundnut oil 1 hot red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped a small knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated ½ lemon grass stalk, finely chopped ½ x 400ml (14fl oz) can coconut milk 800ml (1…

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Fennel and Potato Latkes with Lemon and Chive Aioli

I used to enjoy latkes every Chanukah, when they are traditionally served to symbolize the miracle of oil (yes, oily foods are the done thing during this festival), along with cheese blintzes and doughnuts. The key to achieving the perfect latke is to make sure the oil is not so…

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Cider-brined chicken with prunes, chestnuts and baby onions

An excellent Christmas option if you don’t want to cook a turkey. It’s as bronze as a footballer’s WAG (the brine, because it contains sugar, means that the skin becomes a good deep colour) and looks glorious. Some farmers produce really big chickens for Christmas and Easter: Fosse Meadows have…

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My mother-in-law’s glazed ham with stewed kale

SERVES 12–14 3kg lightly salt-cured smoked boneless gammon joint in netting (order from your butcher’s) 4 tablespoons Homemade Christmas Mustard (see below, or buy some good-quality mustard) 4 tablespoons brown sugar finely grated zest and juice of 1 organic orange 1 teaspoon crushed star anise Wrap the gammon in foil…

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Roman-style Ravioli with Broccoli, Anchovies, Sun-dried Tomatoes & Ricotta

Ravioli alla Romana con broccoli, alici, pomodori secchi e ricotta or Roman-style Ravioli with broccoli, anchovies, sun-dried tomatoes & ricotta from Eleanora Galasso As the Romans Do. A ray of sunlight hits my favourite spot in the Biblioteca Angelica as I get lost in a book. Looking at the endless…

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