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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These are the only pickled onions I ever recommend….

Barry Norman Pickled Onions

I used to love the pickled onions my mother and grandmother made, compared with these I really can’t stand the commercial pickled onions that you find in supermarkets.  Then a couple of years ago I discovered Barry Norman Pickled Onions.  These are the closest match I have ever found to homemade pickled onions. I can’t recommend them highly enough. They are as the label says Hot and Spicy, Crisp and Crunchy and work really well with cold meat and cheese at Christmas or indeed any time of year.

Barry Norman Pickled Onions

On the lid it says that lid that he never bought pickled onions but made his own based on a 19th century recipe handed down through his family.  The simple list of ingredients of the label says a lot about the quality of this product.

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You can find these in most high street supermarkets now and they are available in various sizes from this page on (click here)   If you are making a hamper up for someone this Christmas I highly recommend you include a jar of these.

I just wish he also did a pickled red cabbage because I’m still looking for one that’s as good as home made. If you can recommend one to me please leave a comment below.

If you try the Barry Normal pickled onions I’d love to know what you think of them.

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