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Everything you need for Christmas from Great British Chefs


Get ahead of the game this festive season with our Christmas tips and recipes – helping you to keep your potatoes crisp, cocktails punchy and the biscuit tin filled with festive bakes.

For those of us on kitchen duty over Christmas the festive period can be a blessing and a curse. Many Christmas recipes are a joy to make and we can experiment and indulge unashamedly in what we eat and drink, but let’s not forget that everyone’s favourite time of year can bring with it everyone’s least favourite things — tricky timings, multi-pan dinners and unexpected visitors turning up at tea time. More than a few of us are kept up at night throughout December, haunted by the ghost of underdone turkeys past and the guests who went without mince pies, fearful of the impromptu cocktail parties yet to come.

This year, however, it’s time to banish your festive fears; with a little menu planning you can be ready to take it all in your stride. We have all the necessary recipes for the perfect Christmas dinner, along with all the other festive accoutrements you might need including Christmas biscuits, cranberry sauce, dinner party ideas and wickedly potent christmas cocktails. Read on; from icing the cake to keeping stockings stuffed with edible gifts, our guides, recipes and menu ideas will see you through every stage of the Christmas season.

Once the big day is over with and you're wondering what to do with all those leftovers and how on earth you'll have enough food for that New Year's Eve party you agreed to host, we'll also have plenty of ideas, recipes, tips and inspiration to see you through to January.

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And to drink…

Make sure your cocktail cabinet is fully stocked – when entertaining at New Year, it's almost a sin not to mix, shake and stir up a few special drinks for your guests. Take a look at our tasty recipes for some inspiration.

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Searching for an easy yet impressive festive canapé to serve guests this year? Look no further than Josh Eggleton's sumptuous scallop pops.

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