Sweet Mincemeat, it’s not Christmas without a mince pie!
Believe me that I'd never bother making this if I could buy it ready made, but I can't so I did and was pleasantly surprised how quick it was and wow does it smell gorgeous!
Take a good sized mixing bowl. Zest 1 orange and 1 lemon, squeeze the juice from half of each into the bowl. Finely dice a small apple. Add 225 grams of sultanas and 100 grams of finely chopped candied peel, 225 grams of light brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of mixed spice. Pour over 60 ml of brandy and ...
A Festive Red Wine Jelly
This is really good with cold meats and cheese, spooned on a hot sausage roll or to accompany a lovely roast dinner. See here in beautiful Sicily we can't get redcurrant jelly and suchlike so making something similar is the only option. It's really, really easy! Quantities below will give you about 200 ml of finished jelly.
They don't seem to have jam sugar either, if like me you're in Italian waters this is what you need
A small rant about cooking wine, if it ...
Easy Potato Rosti
Delicious and so simple, bonus point is that you can make a batch and stick them in the fridge then just gently reheat in a pan or the oven. They keep well for at least three days.
I made four rosti, for which I used 2 medium sized potatoes. Half an apple and half an onion. Just roughly grate these things and pop them on a clean cloth. Then squeeze as much of the liquid out of the ingredients. You'll be amazed how much comes out and if the mixture is too wet you won't get a good result...
Shredded Stir Fried Sprouts
Who remembers the soggy over cooked Brussel Sprouts we were forced to eat at Christmas? Euwwww! So here's how we prefer them.
Just fry some bacon bits or pancetta, I used smoked pancetta so didn't add any extra salt. Add some finely diced onion and fry for a couple of minutes. In go your shredded sprouts, add a knob of butter and stir fry for no more than 3 minutes. A good grind of black pepper and that's it.
Chopped cooked chestnuts, a few cooked ...