This is a wonderful recipe I found online and started tinkering with, made a change here and there to get the finished product. I've made it for several parties, and it's always a hit. It makes about 2 1/2 gallons so is wonderful to gift once the weather gets chilly! You can drink it hot or cold, but, watch out - it's pretty strong!
Qaghaq ta’ l-Ghasel or treacle rings as they’re called in English, are by far Malta’s favourite traditional Christmas dessert. Although not excessively difficult to make, they take quite a lot of patience and time to prepare. You can buy these delicious pastries all year round from confectionaries, but they are mostly consumed during the Christmas season.
This is a sponge cupcake with pink icing on top. It is wonderful and yummy, and this makes 18 cupcakes!
Amazing, Turkish delight flavoured, pink coloured vodka. Takes 2 weeks to make but so-o-o-o worth it!
An incredibly easy way to round off a dinner party - but only if they aren't driving! I like to serve two small scoops in tiny dishes with shortbread, biscotti or amaretti. You can vary this any way you like - try Cointreau or Drambuie (my favourite), or add a few drops of real vanilla extract or some of the vanilla seeds.
It is a recipe given to me some years ago by a friend when we were chatting about using up left over turkey. I usually serve it with pickled red cabbage (shop bought), and crispbreads.
A nice way to deal with leftovers. And it has vegetables and cooking apples in it, so you can call it healthy.
Delicious, hearty and warming soup. Serve with a nice crusty roll. Easy to make ahead and re-heat if required.
We serve this at our "Hair of the Dog" party on New Year's Day. It's a fantastically warming punch scented with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, chilli and orange. You can spike it with whisky, brandy or your favourite spirit.
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A warming cocktail that we make at Dishoom, a Bombay cafe located in Covent Garden. It looks beautiful when garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds and orange peel.
Use thumb and point of knife to crimp edge of pie into a scalloped pattern. Crisp and light shortcrust pastry tops a mixture of richly flavoured meats in this all-time classic winter dish. Be sure to cook the filling slowly and thoroughly to allow the different flavours to intermingle. SERVES 4
I adored black forest gateaux in the 70s and loved trifle so decided I would fuse the two. You can make it all from scratch but also easy to substitute ready made goods if you don't have the inclination. The ingredients are split to enable you to decide at each 'layer'.
A closely guarded recipe no longer. This is the best you'll find and I could not keep it to myself anymore. I am hoping my stay in Purgatory will be reduced as a result. Probably the best party drink. Make it in a bucket (or jug if you're posh) and let your guests help themselves. Sweet and delicious it will soon disappear. Easily doubled, trebled or quadrupled!
If you haven't got these ingredients, by all means experiment.
It came from my auntie's friends grandma that lives in Rome.
This has always been a favourite in our family since I was little. My mum gave me the recipe last year, when I cooked it for the first time. Now it's not just for Christmas anymore! It's fab warm, but also good cold. This can be made in advance and chilled in the fridge.
An extremely indulgent dessert, perfect for special occasions! Chocolate banana ganache is layered with brownies, chocolate mousse and whipped cream.
Delicious and light alternative to heavy winter cakes and Christmas puddings. The sauce that is poured over after baking makes it incredibly moist.
Amazing fresh, easy prawn toast. Now you can make this delicious Chinese dim sum favourite at home.
The classic - perfect for Christmas morning.