Smoky chicken & jalapeño macaroni cheese
Every year in the run-up to Christmas I promise myself that I won’t let it become stressful, that I’ll pace things out so that I can enjoy it, and not leave anything to the last-minute. I’ve failed this year yet again- Christmas is looming closer and I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, I haven’t thought about what food I need for the day (apart from having ordered the turkey), the last few days of my girls being at school are a flurry of Nativity, Christmas get-togeth...
Turkey rogan josh
Somehow curry is the perfect antidote to the excesses of Christmas day- especially if it's one full of veggies and goodness! I made a slightly different one last year (see it here), and this year I really fancied having a go at a turkey rogan josh. It's nice and easy, all the spices, onion and garlic are blended into a paste and then it's just a case of adding everything together and simmering it for about half an hour.
Out traditional Boxing Day dinner is actually turkey, chips and ...
Best ever cranberry sauce
I would never buy a jar of cranberry sauce from the supermarket as it's so, so easy to make! It only take 5 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook!
Slimming World- this is the Christmas version, when I would make it with sugar- so therefore the syns are quite high- I'm having a go at one made with sweetener soon and will do a taste comparison and share the recipe if it's good!
Pomegranate and orange glazed ham
Right on my doorstep is The Old English Pig company- they breed beautiful free-range, traditional Old English pigs, and their sausages are honestly the best I have ever tasted (and they are working on a low fat one!). I've had a lovely piece of gammon from them sitting in my freezer since Christmas, and I really wanted to do it justice by finding an unusual and delicious glaze for it!
I think for an effective glaze you need to have a really good amount of sweetness, and so I ...
Persian cranberry rice pilaf
We had this gorgeous rice as a side dish to our alternative Christmas feast Friendsmas- read all about it here! I have always been hopeless at cooking rice for big groups of people- it nearly always gets all glutinous and stuck together! This is rinsed through very thoroughly and also soaked, and it was perfect! The cranberries were a little nod to Christmas and worked really well in this rice and alongside the other dishes Pulled Persian chicken and Crushed carrots with harissa and ...
Crushed carrots with harissa and pistachios
I can't claim this recipe unfortunately, it is from the amazing Yotam Ottolenghi, one of my all time favourite chefs- he can really work magic with vegetables! This recipe is from his book Plenty More (click here to see). We had this as part of an alternative Christmas dinner for Friendsmas (click here to see the full menu) and my husband and I both agreed that this was one of the star dishes. There is a hint of orange (perfect for the alternative Christmas dinner), and it ...
Pulled Persian chicken
This year I cooked an alternative Christmas dinner for a group of friends, a Persian feast (you can read all about my Friendsmas by clicking here, as well as seeing the full menu)! It was inspired by a Persian Street Food stall that I visited at a Food Festival earlier this year. I knew that I wanted to cook some kind of shredded chicken dish, with lots of rich flavours, but I couldn't find a recipe anywhere that seemed to be the sort of thing that I was looking for, so I bit the bullet ...
This recipe is from the Slimming World Festive Feasts cookbook. I was lucky enough to try it at the Slimming World head office blogger's Christmas lunch (read all about it here)
It tastes lovely, looks great on the table and is only 3 syns per serving.
The one in the picture was made by the fabulous staff in the Slimming World Head office kitchen, and photographed by me //
Winter raspberry and chocolate log
I was lucky enough to be invited recently to a Christmas lunch at the Slimming World head office(you can read all about it here )- this was one of the pudding choices and it was absolutely lovely! It is only 3 syns per slice so perfect for a guilt-free Christmas treat and it makes a gorgeous centrepiece for a Christmassy table!
This is from the Slimming World Festive Feasts Cookbook which is available in Slimming World groups, priced £4.95.
Please note the one in the picture was ...
Mini tuna quiches
I can't believe that I have never experimented with filo pastry before! It's so much fun to use, and so easy to use, with the plus-side being that because the sheets are ultra thin it's super low in fat (and syns!). On Slimming World, the average sheet is 3.5 syns, so for something like these mini quiches you can manage a brilliant snack with very few syns. Out of one packet of filo sheets I made a chicken pie (for the kids- but will definitely do a healthy version soon- I use butter to fry ...