JalapeƱo Cheese Beer Bread

Want to make bread, but don’t have any yeast? Add beer. This bread comes together in less than 10 minutes, and then you simply chuck it in the oven. No need for kneading or rise times. But…. it does take an hour to bake, rather than the usual 20 minutes or so. And just like…

Christmas Morning Cranberry Muffins

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I hope that, however you spend today, you are get to spend the day with people you love and who love you in return. In my family, we normally have a cooked breakfast. Think eggs on toast with smoked salmon and avocado. For those of you in the Eastern Hemisphere, this…

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts

As we’ve discussed before, Brussels sprouts are a contentious issue among many eaters. Some cannot stand the sight of them, some don’t understand them, and others realise the beautiful vegetable that they are and the potential they have to be so diverse. Most of us probably grew up with boiled sprouts. Some of you may…

Vegetarian Nut Roast

It would be unfair to exclude the vegetarians from Christmas Dinner, so if you do have any vegetarian friends coming over, or if you are vegetarian yourself, get yourself in the kitchen to make this nut roast. This nut roast is filling, nutty and delicious. And I know it seems like a lot of cheese,…

Citrus-Glazed Ham

Ham is not the first meat I go to when thinking of Christmas dinner, in all honesty. But I do still love delicious pieces of ham, especially with a good marinade or glaze. I can tell you now, I’d eat this citrus-glazes ham at any meal. It is sweet and tangy, and all around incredibly…

Crispy Hasselback Potatoes

I know many people will have discussions over whether to have roast potatoes or mashed potatoes with a Christmas dinner. For me, it’s always roast potatoes. Mashed potatoes are delicious, but should be with your regular meals, not your Christmas dinners. At least, in my opinion. These Hasselback Potatoes are a twist on the usual…

Chocolate Yule Log

I always used to look in awe at Yule Logs, I found them so beautiful and loved all the different ways they could be decorated. And, let’s be honest, I loved how much chocolate was involved. I have memories of Yule Logs as dessert at Christmas time, but I don’t remember them very well. I…

Bread and Sausage Stuffing

My favourite part of Christmas dinner has always been stuffing and potatoes. Just ask my Mum. I don’t know what it is about bread and sausage but damn, I love it. When you make this stuffing, make sure you get good quality bread and good quality sausages. It makes all of the difference. Make sure…

Peri-Peri Roast Chicken

Not everyone can fit a turkey in their oven, including me. My oven is a counter-top convection oven, and a whole turkey would just not fit in my 30cm wide oven. So, sometimes we turn to smaller poultry for our Christmas/holiday dinners (and yes, buying a fully roasted turkey is possible, but anyway). This roast…

Christmas Peppermint Loaf Cake

I told you there’d be new iterations of the yoghurt loaf cake. And this is it, a Christmas Peppermint cake. I used a Nordic Ware decorative loaf tin for this cake, as I felt it was appropriate, and the design really felt Christmas-y. The peppermint flavours don’t overwhelm the cake, but be careful with peppermint…

Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

Making bread is so much fun. I know that it takes patience, especially when you are desperately waiting to see if your dough will rise, but it’s so diverse and the ability to make it into anything is incredible. I’d seen loads of different pull-apart breads before, and have seen them shaped into all sorts…

Gingerbread Bundt with Cinnamon Glaze

I treated myself to some Nordic Ware Bundt tins recently, and I couldn’t wait to get started with using them. I knew that this incredible Gingerbread cake would be the perfect way to christen my Heritage Bundt Pan. Due to the size of my oven, I bought a 6-cup Bundt tin rather than the full-sized…