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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