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Spiced Flapjacks

This nutty, spiced slice is super quick and easy to whip up – and as it bakes it will fill your kitchen with amazing Christmassy smells.

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Beurre Blanc

Let’s hear it for an easy beurre blanc! This one shakes things up, quite literally

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Chilli sausage rolls

You can’t beat a warm, flaky sausage roll, and with the mild chilli heat this is a heavenly warming treat. Recipe by Peter Begg

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Smoked Salmon with Potato Scones

North of the border they call these tattie scones – teamed with good Scottish salmon they’re a dream During a stay in Glasgow I was introduced to these incredible potato scones. I didn’t grow up eating these, but they’re beautiful and so easy. A bit like bubble without the squeak. This was my first attempt […]

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Spiced Pomegranate Gin

Make this gorgeous spirit at least two weeks ahead – the longer you leave it the better.

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

These lovely, rustic gluten free chocolate chip cookies are perfect for dunking in tea or a cold glass of milk

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Jools Wholesome Veg and Bean Soup

I love this soup – it’s great to know that once the children have eaten a big bowl of it, they’re well on their way to getting their 5-a-day. Feel free to use pearl barley instead of beans, but just remember to add a bit more liquid

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Baked Potato Soup

The parmesan rind adds a nice savoury note, but don’t worry if you don’t have it – this is a soup to warm you up, not send you out into the cold to the shops.

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Baleadas

Baleadas are one of Honduras’s most popular dishes and make brilliant party food. Just top the tortillas with your favourites – refried beans, fried eggs, chorizo, cheese, avocado… whatever you like!

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Beef brisket with red wine & shallots

This stew is a version of the Greek favourite stifado. Normally the Greeks use diced beef for stifado, but whole briskets seem to work well, too. Brisket is one of the cheapest cuts you can buy, but this recipe transforms it into something very special!