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Chicken pulao and an orange and piquillo pepper salad: Nik Sharma’s Christmas recipes

The simplicity and elegance of pulaos combined with their ability to moonlight as a one-pot meal stole my heart long ago. Pulaos saved my mother and grandmother hours in the

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Wines for a festive feast

Sax Grüner Veltliner Zwillingslauser, Kamptal, Austria 2019 (£13.50, stonevine.co.uk) There’s a lot going on in the classic Christmas roast dinner. So much, in fact, that it makes the sort of

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Nigel Slater’s recipes for Christmas desserts

There’s a cake in the oven. Not the traditional raisin and nut-laden Christmas cake (which is already wrapped, somewhat untidily in almond paste, like a baby in a blanket) but

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Rachel Roddy’s recipe for roast pumpkin, mushroom and chestnut pie

The other day, a friend who owns a food shop told me that, during the first lockdown, the air was thick with projects: she sold flour by the sack, loads

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Christmas snacks: Thomasina Miers’ recipe for truffly, cheesy arancini bites

I last had arancini when eating with Emily Watkins, a brilliant, inspiring chef who used to run the Kingham Plough in Oxfordshire. She made them for us as a nibble

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Ideas for fuss-free Christmas Eve recipes

What can I make for dinner on Christmas Eve that’s easy but still feels special?Paul, London E9 “My habit for serving some sort of fish dish on December 24 is

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Cocktail of the week: fizz de Provence recipe

The classic French vermouth, Noilly Prat, is made in the pretty seaside village of Marseillan in Provence, so I used some of the local flavours to create this refreshing cocktail.

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