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CHRISTMAS CRANBERRY CORDIAL

You can, of course, buy cranberry juice everywhere, but this has a much more intense flavour and a vivid scarlet colour that will make you feel fabulously festive. You can save the strained-off fruit and use it as a topping for muesli, stir it into porridge or add it to a fruit loaf or teabread. […]

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PRITCH’S CHRISTMAS PUD

This is a mongrel of a recipe, tweaked over the years by new ideas, missing items, gathered suggestions and a need to use up what was in the cupboard. The large mix of dried fruits could be simplified, as long as it all adds up to the same weight. The sultanas and the candied peel […]

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EIGHT TOP TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR TIME

‘I’m crazy busy’ seems to be the modern catch cry. Try these simple strategies to manage your time. There are no surprises here – time is a fixed entity, but the good news is that you have plenty of power of over how you conceive it and parcel it out. 1. Use the 4 Ds: […]

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Christmas countdown by Gizzi Erskine

I’m not going to pretend that organization is my strong suit, BUT avoiding stress is the key to enjoying the festive period – the idea is to have a good time, not a nervous breakdown. Recipes for my Christmas puddings, mincemeat, chutneys and Christmas cake will improve greatly with a bit of maturing time, so […]

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Christmas turkey pie with all the trimmings

The beloved Christmas lunch shouldn’t be exclusive to 25 December. Now you can indulge at any time of year! Chestnuts, turkey, bacon and sausage meat are encased in a gorgeous golden parcel, which can be eaten hot, warm or cold, and very easy to prepare ahead.   Serves 10 A little plain flour, for dusting […]

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WIN A DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND BOOK BUNDLE

For your chance to WIN all four Department Store for the Mind books: Walking in the Rain, Washing Up is Good For You, As You Are and Four-Legged Therapy, simply email publicity@octopusbooks.co.uk  with ‘NOURISH & INSPIRE’ before midnight on Sunday 9th December and we will randomly select a winner. Please click here for full T&Cs.

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GINGERBREAD HEARTS

At our bakery, the pre-dough is made in early November, and then kept in a kitchen cupboard for a month to improve the flavour of the gingerbread. You can make the dough right away if you’re in a hurry – the flavour won’t be as intense, but it will still be delicious. Baking the hearts […]

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CHOCOLATE & SALTED CARAMELIZED CHESTNUT YULETIDE LOG

Chocolate log is great as it is, but this recipe is extra Christmassy – I’ve pimped the ordinary chocolate cream filling and swapped it for a velvety chestnut cream with hints of salted caramel, then covered it in broken-up chocolate flakes to make it look even more like a real log. The imperative snow look […]

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Cider-brined chicken with prunes, chestnuts and baby onions

An excellent Christmas option if you don’t want to cook a turkey. It’s as bronze as a footballer’s WAG (the brine, because it contains sugar, means that the skin becomes a good deep colour) and looks glorious. Some farmers produce really big chickens for Christmas and Easter: Fosse Meadows have them, while SJ Fredericks do […]

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Top 5 Christmas Hampers

One You can’t go to the North and not visit Betty’s Tea Shop.  Since starting in 1919, it’s become something of an insitiution and with Bettys Spiced Christmas Tisane tea bags and miniature fruit cakes, this is the perfect gift for tea lovers.  Available for just under £60. Two The ultimate chocolate lover’s collection from […]

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without…

Five days to go people – this is not a drill! Emma Hannigan, author of The Perfect Gift  It wouldn’t be Christmas without present doubt! Each year I decide I’m going to be ultra-organised. Mid November I make my list. I buy for all the names listed, wrap them lovingly and then the real problems […]

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What Christmas means to Me by Jo Bolouri

There are several things which epitomise Christmas for me. Here are a few: Checking the fridge. It doesn’t matter that I’ve already eaten sixteen times before 2pm, I will still visit the fridge on a regular basis to see what else I can stuff into my expanding face. Realising how terrible at wrapping I am. […]

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