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The roast beef of old England is only half the story: at last the world has recognised that our native cuisine is well worth a detour. Tuck into crumbles, casseroles and cakes to see why!

 
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Royal IcingFor a rough 'snow' scene for a 7 inch (18 cm) square or an 8 inch (20 cm) round cake

Royal Icing

I confess this has often been for me a last-minute affair late on Christmas Eve. Very often there's the odd robin or Father Christmas handed down through generations to decorate with, but failing that, a sprig of holly in the centre of the cake will

 
 
Roasted Roots with HerbsServes 4

Roasted Roots with Herbs

Since oven-roasted vegetables in the 'Summer Collection' were so very popular, I simply had to do a winter version. Here is it and once again it is a winner for entertaining, not least because all the vegetables can be cooked together.

 
 
Compote of Glazed ShallotsServes 8

Compote of Glazed Shallots

This recipe is dead simple, yet it draws out all the sweet, fragrant flavour of the shallots and at the same time gives them a glazed pink, jewel-like appearance. It makes an excellent accompaniment to beef, or you can add a bit of sophistication to

 
 
Cranberry and Onion ConfitServes 8-12

Cranberry and Onion Confit

A confit, as the name suggests, is a kind of sauce reduced to a concentrated, jam-like consistency. This one is a good accompaniment for all kinds of things at Christmas, as it keeps well in the fridge for four weeks.

 
 
Victoria Plum or Damson KetchupMakes 3½ pints (2 litres)

Victoria Plum or Damson Ketchup

This is delicious served with cold meats or sausages and will keep indefinitely. Use bottles that have contained shop-bought ketchup or you can buy the old-fashioned type 'pop' bottles from good kitchen shops.

 
 
Chunky Marmalade Bread and Butter PuddingServes 4-6

Chunky Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread-and-butter pudding is one of the highlights of traditional cooking - and gives the family a cheap and filling finale to a meal. This version simply jazzes up an old favourite.

 
 
Bubble and Squeak RöstiServes 4 (makes 8 rösti)

Bubble and Squeak Rösti

Bubble and squeak is a classic leftover recipe for greens, but making it rösti-style and adding some mature Cheddar adds a new dimension. These little individual rösti are brilliant served with sausages or leftover cold turkey and ham and a selection

 
 
Suntina MarmaladeMakes 2 x 1 litre or 4 x 0.5 litre jars

Suntina Marmalade

Suntinas are available from mid-December to the end of February and have a charming tangerine flavour which makes a delightfully different marmalade, and I think the nice thing about having a choice of marmalades is you never get bored.

 
 
Old-fashioned Rice PuddingServes 4

Old-fashioned Rice Pudding

Old-fashioned Rice Pudding - complete with lovely skin!

 
 
Compote of Figs in PortServes 4

Compote of Figs in Port

Dessert figs that have become too dry to eat as they are can be excellent made into a compote. This is superb served with ice cream, but failing that, try it with some Greek yoghurt.

 
 
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