Sausage and Apple Stuffing

For 25 years I’ve made this at Christmas, and for 25 years I’ve wondered ‘why don’t I make this all year round? It’s utterly delicious, and so easy’ (but difficult to photograph, alas).

I thank my 1980s-vintage Good Housekeeping Cookbook from which I’ve adapted this recipe. Fresh herbs really make this special but don’t sweat it if you have only dried.

Serves: 10-12
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Cranberry Chutney

Fresh cranberries arrive in autumn, but because this recipe allows frozen, you can enjoy this side dish any time of the year, not just at Christmas.

Kudos to my 1980s-vintage Good Housekeeping Cookbook from which I’ve adapted this recipe, adding spices and darker sugar. The picture doesn’t do it justice – it’s the perfect way to add spiced cranberries to your holiday spread.

Serves: 8 – 10
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Plum and Apple Jam

I have a few other summer fruit jams, but for autumn/winter I like this one. It’s used in my Braised Red Cabbage recipe and will be used in a Slovakian millefeuille (link to follow). See the footnotes for other serving options.

There’s no need for pectin or jam sugar (which is just caster sugar with added pectin), if you use arrowroot powder or cornflour as a thickener.

Makes: One 500ml jar (plus a teeny bit extra)
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Oysters Three Ways

This is something most people wouldn’t think of doing at home, but each element is easy and very quick to prepare. Organise all ingredients & kit in advance, and get stuck in!

I nicked the idea from Paul Ainsworth who prepared something similar on BBC’s Yes Chef, but I’ve added raw oysters, plus crispy seaweed, bacon, and an oyster emulsion.

Serves: 2 (2 of each oyster type for each person)
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Apple and Fennel Salad

Green apple goes really well with lime and the aniseedy flavour of fennel. Chervil is a herb less often used, but its slight anise taste makes it the perfect herb for this salad.

This side dish is zingy and refreshing, and goes perfectly with my Oysters Three Ways recipe. It is 5 ingredients and only 7-10 minutes’ preparation.

Serves: 2 – 3 as an accompaniment
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