4 Great Christmas Pudding Recipes for Stir-Up Sunday. #Christmas

It’s officially stir-up Sunday and time to make your Christmas Puddings.

Jamie Oliver Christmas Pudding Recipe

Jamie Oliver Christmas Pudding Recipe This Christmas Pudding Recipe from Jamie Oliver was released via Youtube earlier this week and looks like a nice light fruit pudding.

For the recipe: https://jamieol.com/ChristmasPud


The National Trust Christmas Pudding Recipe

National Trust Christmas Pudding Recipe

Click here for the National Trust 1950’s Christmas Pudding family recipe. It makes a pudding that’s a little lighter in colour than a traditional recipe.


Nigella Lawson Ultimate Christmas Pudding Recipe

Nigella Christmas Pudding

Nigella has an Ultimate Christmas Pudding recipe which has the dried fruit soaked in sherry to create a nice moist, rich pudding.

The Christmas Bloggers Favorite Christmas Pudding Recipe.

If none of those celebrity receipes appeals to you then I can highly recommend by own Christmas Pudding Receipe which you can find here.

If you have a favourite Christmas Pudding Receipe let me know by leaving a comment below.

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How to cook your Christmas Lunch in a slow Cooker.

How to cook Christmas lunch in a slow cooker.How to cook a turkey in a slow cooker

Just a quick update to share with you this story from the BBC website this morning. Anna Allatt has written a good article on the growing popularity of slow cookers. As an example of how useful they are and the merits of this way of cooking Anna demonstrates how to cook a turkey in a slow cooker.

Turkey can easily be a dry tasteless meat if you don’t get the cooking and prep just right. Slow cookers are a great way to cook cheaper cuts of meat  like pork shoulder and lamb shanks, but when you use one for a turkey the results seem to be very moist tender meat. The meat has also been cooked with the vegetables and some wine which should all help give the meat flavour.

The other great thing about cooking turkey this way is that it takes 12 hours. That means you can do all the prep and start it cooking nicely on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day you just need to use your main oven for roast potetoes etc.

You can find the full article over on the BBC Web Site. 

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Jamie Oliver Christmas Red Cabbage Recipe

Christmas Red Cabbage recipe by Jamie Oliver

I love Braised Red Cabbage this time of year. I’m often asked how best to cook it, so was pleased to see that Jamie Oliver has done a good Braised Red Cabbage recipe in his Christmas Cookery Book.  Better still he’s done a short video showing you how to cook it.

You might also like this Red Cabbage Recipe from the 2015 Waitrose Christmas magazine:

Braised red cabbage with apple.

Braised red cabbage with apple.

Braised red cabbage with apple.

Braised red cabbage with apple.


Do let me know if you cook this and what you think of it.

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Jamie Oliver Gluten-free Christmas pudding

Just spotted this post from Jamie Oliver about his Gluten-free Christmas pudding recipe which is just in time for store up Sunday.

Even if you don’t normally eat gluten free this recipe sounds great if you just want a lighter Christmas Pudding this year.

You can see the recipe here

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The best pickled red cabbage in the shops.

I discovered this Bourne and Wallis picked Red Cabbage in my local farm shop.  My husband loves pickled red cabbage it with cold meat and cheese but until now we’ve never found a nice commercial version.  We were really pleased to find that the Bourne and Wallis pickled red cabbage is just like the home made variety.
red-cabbage - 1The cabbage itself has the right texture crisp without being like eating raw cabbage.  You can also taste the good quality barley malt vinegar that adds to the flavour. The cabbage and malt vinegar and spices come together nicely with meat, cheese and complement dishes such as pork pies.


Bourne & Wallis Red Cabbage


The ingredients list is reassuringly brief, listing just Red Cabbage, salt, ascetic acid, barley malt vinegar, sugar and mixed spice flavouring.

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Have a look at their website for stockists and their other products.

If you want to know how to make your own Pickled Red Cabbage see the Mark’s Veg Plot blog here.

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