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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 ...

A Persian Feast for ‘Friendsmas’

I feel like I've got my Christmas dinner down to a tee now, we always have a huge turkey from the farm local to my Mum and Dad, we have to have Tom Kerridge's polished carrots, goose fat on the potatoes (slimming's out of the window on Christmas day as far as I'm concerned) and 2 types of stuffing. However, there's a new type of Christmas celebration emerging in our lives, and it isn't the one you spend with family on 25th December, it's 'Friendsmas', a gathering of friends, in the weeks ...