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CHRISTMAS FOR TWO

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Peachy Italian salad

6tbsp balsamic vinegar
1tbsp clear honey
2 large,ripe peaches,halved and stoned
15g butter,melted
125g pack mozzarella,drained and cut into 4
2 slices of prosciutto,cut into halves
sprigs of basil,to garnish

For the dressing,simmer the vinegar and honey in a pan for 3-4 mins until thick and syrupy.Taste-if its still a little vinegary,simmer for 1-2 mins more.Lay the peach halves face down on a baking sheet.Brush with butter and cook under a preheated grill for 3-4 mins.Turn over,brush with butter and cook for 2-3 mins more.Put 2 peach halves on each plate.Top each half with one slice of mozzarella and half a slice of prosciutto,then sprinkle with warm dressing and garnish with basil sprigs.

Duo of duck breast with an orange and cherry sauce

2 pack duck breast
15g butter
1 shallot,finely diced
zest of 1 clementine,plus the flesh ,peeled and chopped
4tbsp fresh orange juice
3tbsp cherry jam
fresh orange slices,to serve

Season the duck.Put into a cold frying pan,skin-…

FAST CHRISTMAS FEAST

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Rosti with salmon

800g baking potatoes,peeled
2 large carrots,grated
3 spring onions,trimmed and chopped
100g butter,melted
120g pack smoked salmon
6tbsp crème fraiche
1tbsp snipped fresh chives

Boil the potatoes whole for 12 mins.Cool grate into a bowl and season.Stir in carrots,spring onions and butter.Heat a large non-stick frying pan.Shape the mixture into 12 flat rounds.Cook 6 at a time for 6-7 mins on each side until crisp.To serve,top each rosti with folded smoked salmon slices,creme fraiche and chives.

Spatchcock turkey

2.5kg turkey with giblets for the turkey rub
3tbsp chopped sage
1tbsp chopped rosemary
1 bay leaf
6 cloves garlic
zest of 2 lemons,plus 1tbsp juice
1tbsp olive oil
for the gravy:
1 onion,finely diced
1 carrot,diced
1 bay leaf
1tbsp olive oil
50g plan flour

Lay the turkey on a chopping board,breast-side down.Using a sharpe knife,cut along both sides of the backbone,then remove and set aside.Open the turkey out flat.Trim off any fat.Turn the bird over.Press down on…

GARLIC

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Garlic is my favourite so when I spotted these recipes I'd thought I would share.

Artichoke & garlic soup

1-2 whole bulbs garlic
6tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
150g Antipasti chargrilled Artichokes,chopped
600ml veg stock
2tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves,plus extra to serve
cayenne pepper,to serve

Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 6.Halve the garlic bulbs horizontally.Drizzle 2tbsp of the oil onto the cut sides.Roast,cut sides up,on a baking try for 40mins.Cook the onion in the remaining oil in a pan for 5mins.Add the artichokes and cook for 5mins.Squeeze the cloves from the roasted bulbs into the pan.Add the stock and thyme.Simmer for 10mins.Blitz with a hand-held blender until smooth.Top with thyme and cayenne.

Garlic naans

100ml milk
2tbsp veg oil
225g plain flour,plus extra for kneading
1/2 tsp baking powder
2tsp sugar
2tbsp garlic-infused oil
Mix the milk and veg oil together and set aside.Sift the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl.Add the sugar and a pinc…