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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

 
 
Traditional Seville Orange MarmaladeMakes six 1 lb (350 ml capacity) jars

Traditional Seville Orange Marmalade

Even if you've never made a jar of marmalade in your life, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve the perfect result, giving you the very best marmalade to enjoy all year round.

 
 
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!

 
 
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