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