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The sultana differs from the raisin in two ways, one of which is fairly apparent. It is lighter in colour – the lighter the better, in quality terms – but it is also the sun-dried grape of one variety alone, the green, seedless Sultana grape of ancient (possibly Persian) lineage.
The business of drying vine fruits has taken ancient names like Smyrna and Corinth, and Mediterranean families into the New World: the sultanas grown in the irrigated lands along the Murray River, in Victoria and South Australia, are especially fine and were developed by Greek immigrants from the 1920s onwards.
This is a superlative chutney: it makes an elegant accompaniment to the Terrine with Three Cheeses, is excellent with Pheasant Terrine and is the main ingredient for a wonderful sauce for Roast Loin of Pork.
Delia's mincemeat is, as you'd expect, totally brilliant. So make up some batches of this lovely mincemeat - you won't believe how easy it is and it puts anything you can buy well and truly in the shade!
For 40 years, the nation has been making this pudding, which tastes even better if you prepare it a few weeks before Christmas then leave it in a cool place to mature. Serve with traditional brandy sauce.
An unusual way to serve sole, this sweet-and-sour sauce makes it a real treat for all who eat it. This would be a great recipe to serve at a supper party.
A great way of serving pasta to vegetarians: the pine nuts and sultanas give it an almost Sicilian feel, while the purple sprouting broccoli is a brilliant way to enjoy the all-too-short season of this green vegetable.
Surprisingly easy to make, this lovely mincemeat is bound to become a Christmas favourite. The addition of cranberries adds colour and flavour to a classic preserve that can be adapted easily for vegetarians.
I think one of God's greatest gifts to man is good cheese, and it deserves good bread to go with it. This chunky, slightly sweet bread goes extremely well with a sharp, vigorous Cheddar, fresh goats' cheese or Cashel Blue. It also freezes very well.
This is another quick and easy recipe that's helpful for busy people because it needs to be prepared ahead and can then be cooked alongside Crunchy Roast Potatoes with Saffron at the same temperature. So, in theory, you could come home from work and
Sometimes this gets confused with bread-and-butter pudding, but it's quite different. It was invented, I think, to use up stale bread, which is still a good reason for making it – however, it has developed into something so wonderful, it's worth lett
Not believing it was possible, Delia found that, in fact, a low-fat carrot cake is one of the quickest, easiest cakes to make - and it's now become a firm favourite.