What should you be cooking this month?
December sees the start of the Christmas cooking frenzy. As always Delia recommends you get ahead and start your preparation early. Of course her Christmas Sausage Rolls are top of our list, and if you have made your Christmas cake, you will need to think about your icing and topping.
Other ingredients you will see when you are shopping this month are, mussels, partridge goose and pheasant. Root vegetables - swede, turnips and beetroot, citrus fruits, oranges, clementines and of course satsumas.
You can now buy Delia Online/Lane Farm Pork, Sage and Onion Sausagemeat to make it even easier to make your Christmas sausage rolls. For stockist details visit Lane Farm
Garlicky, sea-fresh mussels are a real treat...and are surprisingly cheap too. Enjoy them with lots of bread for a simple lunch or starter.
I love serving this, one of my most favourite soups. First, it has an extremely rich, beautiful colour, almost saffron I would say. And second, people can never quite guess what it is. Jerusalem artichokes don't look user-friendly, but...
Beetroot is either loved or hated – mostly the latter I suspect, because in this country people have a surfeit of it doused in strong vinegar. But its lovers know of its earthy charm and delicious but distinctive flavour. It makes wonderful soup...
Braising sprouts in wine and adding bacon lifts them to the realm of something really exciting...even those who claim to hate sprouts will enjoy them when cooked like this.
This is Delia's choice for serving with the Christmas turkey - make it ahead and enjoy the combination of sweet and sharp flavours.
Ring the changes with this sumptuous pate - perfect for Christmas or any other special occasion.
You can use chicken for this recipe, but it's well worth seeking out guinea fowl in the autumn and winter months as it has a wonderful depth of flavour, here accentuated by Calvados, creme fraiche and apples.
This stunning gilded fruit and nut topping can be used to decorate Creole, Classic or Light Christmas Cake
This is for those who like a softer icing than royal icing, but prefer to have a homemade version.
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