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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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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