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Beef and Guinness Pie with Kale Colcannon
This rich and tasty pie is the real deal. It's a real pie, not a bowl of stew with shop-bought puff pastry on top! And to go with it, an Irish classic, colcannon with kale.
Oat Biscuits - HobNobs
These delicious oat biscuits are sold commercially under the name of Hob Nobs. They are seriously easy to make, and it's impossible to just eat one!
Clootie dumpling is a traditional Scottish fruity suet pudding - an ancestor of the British Chistmas pud. It gets it's name from the 'cloot' or cloth that it's cooked in.
It might seem heretical to call this a haggis, but it looks and tastes similar to the real thing. This vegetarian haggis contains the same grains, along with a vegetable base of onion, carrot, split peas and mushrooms. It's really tasty, and well worth trying, even if you're not a veggie.
Ever since Indian restaurants began opening in Britain, curries have been modified to suit local tastes. Some, such as Chicken Tikka Masala and Baltis, were invented here. Now there's another one, from Glasgow this time. Chasni has been described as 'Indian food for people who don't like Indian food'. It really is the blandest thing on the menu, but you'll love it.
Bagels are a form of bread roll particularly associated with Jewish cuisine. They have a delicious chewy texture that comes from the addition of honey to the dough, and poaching them before baking. They can be a bit tricky to get right, but the learning curve is worth it.
The name Teriyaki refers to a process of cooking meat or fish by first marinading it in a thickish savoury/sweet glaze, and then cooking it under a grill or broiler. It's very quick, easy, and delicious.
Roscón De Reyes
Traditionally, the Spanish celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January, when the three Kings arrive and give gifts to the children. Roscón De Reyes is a bread / cake that is eaten at this time. It's similar to brioche, but made in a ring, like a crown, and decorated with candied fruit, like jewels. Roscón De Reyes is also popular in Latin America, where it is known as Rosca De Reyes.
A gingerbread house can be a fun thing to make. It can also be torture, because if you haven't had a lot of practise at gingerbread housemaking, many things can go wrong.
Easy Stollen Recipe
This fabulous rich, fruity, German Christmas treat is utterly wonderful and bursting with flavour. As with all breads, you'll be doing quite a lot of kneading and waiting for the dough to rise, but the results are well worth the effort.
Goan Fish Curry
This light and healthy curry from Goa in Southern India is a delight. Coconut gives it sweetness, while tamarind adds a contrasting sourness. It's easy to make and really tasty.
Green Tomato Chutney
The end of summer / beginning of autumn is a time when we look forward to masses of cheap tomatoes from the market, or free tomatoes from our gardens. Unfortunately, if you've had a poor summer (I live in the north of England, so that's pretty much a given) and don't have a greenhouse, your tomatoes may not ripen. But don't worry, you can make this wonderful chutney!
Brawn - Head Cheese - Fromage de Tete
Nose-to-tail eating is a hot topic these days, and brawn is a perfect example of it. The pigs head has a surprising amount of meat in it, and you also get lots of skin, fat and jellied stock to use in other dishes. Pigs heads are also amazingly cheap.
There's a bit of a trend these days for making jam and marmalades out of non-fruity things - chillis and onions being quite prominent. This chilli jam is easy to make and totally wonderful.