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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Homemade Mincemeat – perfect Mince Pie filling for Christmas

Just a quick post to share with you this excellent Christmas Homemade Mincemeat recipe video by Cupcake Jemma.  It’s only about 4 minutes long but Jemma steps you through how to make and bottle mincemeat. It also makes a nice little Christmas gift.

I’m sure this will be much nicer than the bought stuff. Let me know if you give this a try.

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Prawn and Smoked Salmon Terrine recipe by Jane Lovett


prawn (shrimp) and smoked salmon terrineI was given a copy of this lovely Cookery book to review and the Prawn and Smoked Salmon Terrine immediately caught my eye as a nice simple starter to do on Christmas Day.  If your are about to have a big roast lunch you don’t really want anything too heavy as a starter.   I always think it’s good idea to have a cold starter as it gets everyone seated at the table and the family under control while you are sorting out the turkey.

I’ve add the full Prawn and Smoked Salmon Terrine recipe to the Christmas Recipe section.

Jane’s book is full of recipes that you can ‘do ahead’ so that you can spend more time with your family and guests.  I think it will be useful all year round but is especially relevant at Christmas when the focus should be on friends and family rather than being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun.


To find out more about Jane’s book click on the picture of the cover below:

Make it Easy Cookbook

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Family friendly: Christmas iced biscuits recipe.

I spotted this idea in the Waitrose Christmas cookery book and thought it would be great to do with the children at the weekend.  I’ve created a simplified version of this recipe thats easy for children to follow.  Cooking is fun and educational for children, helping them read, understand numbers, measurements, following instructions and with that quick satisfaction of a job well done when they gets some lovely biscuits to eat.

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Waitrose-Christmas-harvest-cookbook-2015- 9You can find my simple Christmas Biscuit recipe here.

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Tunis Cake A Great British Christmas Tradition

I was at our local farm shop today and noticed that they had a Tunis Cake from a local artisan bakery. As I had family visiting in the afternoon I thought it would make a nice Christmas treat with a cup of tea mid afternoon.

Tunis Cake


I’m not sure why it is called a Tunis cake but it’s a British Christmas tradition now like Panettone is in Italy.  A Tunis cake is a Madeira sponge cake topped with a thick layer of chocolate and decorated with marzipan fruits.



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If you are in Norfolk or Suffolk and able to get hold of a Tunis Cake from Wendy’s House Bakery then I can highly recommend it. The cake itself was light and moist and the chocolate topping was lovely and rich without being too sweet. I’m not sure my photo’s do it justice but it looked really lovely and my family and visitors really enjoyed it this afternoon.

The origins of the cake are Edwardian. Scottish bakery Macfarlane Langs produced commercial Tunis Cakes in the 1930s, and when they merged with McVitie & Price in 1948 to form a company called United Biscuits (which still owns the McVitie’s brand) the recipe passed to the new company. McVitie’s produced a Tunis cake until the mid 1980s. Members of my family can remember when they stopped producing these at the start of the second wold war and how pleased they were to see one again after the war.

The cake itself is thought to have been created out of post-WW1 austerity at a time when people wanted a traditional Christmas cake but could not obtain dried fruit. The Madeira sponge and rich chocolate topping were much easier to make from more readily available ingridents.



Mary Berry’s Tunis Cake Recipe

If you would like to make your own Tunis Cake then I can recommend Mary Berry’s Tunis Cake Recipe it’s a great alternative to a traditional Christmas Cake and really useful if you’ve run out of time to make your cake this year.


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