Spinach, avocado, crunchy prosciutto, pomegranate and pistachio salad

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– So you want salad?
– Of course! It looks amazing
Salad should not only be on your Christmas table to reduce the guilt factor, we have to enjoy it as well! Make it yummy, full of flavour, with sweet, crunchy and colourful components. What I like the most in this salad are the crunchy prosciutto pieces. It goes really crunchy, like bacon would (although I don’t fancy bacon that much :O) but thinner and more delicate. I also mix 2 dressings: one made of lime, a bit of mustard and olive oil and another one which is balsamic glaze or reduced balsamic vinegar which has a nice sweetness to it. Continue reading Spinach, avocado, crunchy prosciutto, pomegranate and pistachio salad

Sausage and apple stuffing

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In general I’m not a fan of stuffing. It bothers me that it’s all watery, and to be honest I don’t think it’s very hygenic to cook it inside the turkey because it will reach a safe temperature after the turkey does, so you either overcook the turkey or eat unsafe stuffing. I just don’t fancy it. Howeeeeever, I recently discovered that there are people who cook it apart, I think they call it “dressing”, and so I thought I would give it a try, and I LOVED IT! I ate it and thought “now we’re talking!” The sausage I bought is very neutral because we’re using the meat inside which goes amazing with the apples (Granny Smith and Pink Lady) and the toasted baguette. Continue reading Sausage and apple stuffing

Christmas turkey with gravy

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In my house, if there’s something that can’t be missing on our Christmas dinner is turkey. If someone even dares to say maybe we could have chicken, pork, beef, duck, or tofu, he or she is going to endure the worse hatred looks on planet Earth. With time, my mom perfected her turkey method, and if I’m honest I do love her turkey. A closer version to hers in last year’s turkey recipe. The recipe I bring you today mixes my mom’s best practices  mixed with flavours that I like (mainly herbs). The skin is golden and the meat extremely moist. I bring you allll the tips and tricks you need to know down in this post, so I recommend you give it a good read before starting.  Continue reading Christmas turkey with gravy

Cranberries, pecans and almonds rice pilaf

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Welcome to my first Christmas Special 2016 post! I LOVE Christmas; when December arriver and I star seeing decorated houses, shops, christmas fairs and all that, I have a tingly sensation in my stomach from excitement (although now we get decorations starting in May! LOL). The first recipe I’m going to share with you is this delicious rice pilaf with almonds, pecans and cranberries. It also has orange zest that gives it an extra special flavour. The difference between a normal rice and a pilaf is that it’s cooked in stock rather than just water, making the rice absorb all this extra flavour. Continue reading Cranberries, pecans and almonds rice pilaf

Christmas Special: Turkey and its best friend the gravy

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I don’t know why but when Christmas season comes along, I can smell turkey EVERYWHERE, it’s like my body wants it so much it fools me into thinking they even sell it at Mc D. I know everyone is trying to go all modern and edgy and change the turkey for other proteins in their Christmas dinners but HELLO turkey is not replaceable, not in my table at least! If you want to cook turkey AND pork, fine by me, but there has to be some turkey, and have, of course, next to it its best friend or ever and ever till pigs fly: the gravy.

For this recipe I only used a small turkey crown (2kg approx.) because we were only four at dinner, but of course you can make this recipe for a 4, 6, 8kg turkey as you need. I’ll also tell you how cooking times vary between them so you have the best possible result.

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Christmas Special: The Sweet Potato

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As long as I can remember sweet potatoes have been present in my Christmas dinner, usually in the form of a casserole where they were made into a puree and then topped with marshmallows that were then golden in the oven. Even though I love this version, I have to say they have me pretty bored so I decided to give the recipe a twist. Here we have slices of sweet potatoes, cooked in the oven in chicken stock and topped with butter for a nice glaze on top. YUM!!!!

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Christmas Special: The Mushroom Rice Pilaf

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I have to say out of the starch options out there, my favourite remains rice. Probably because I grew up eating it and it has its way to blend flavours together, specially if there’s a sauce involved and you can actually put it on your rice (do you want some gravy on your rice?). Continue reading Christmas Special: The Mushroom Rice Pilaf