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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