Do you fancy rebelling against tradition this year and trying something different to the good ol’ British standard of a turkey Christmas dinner? Or maybe it’s your first year cooking for the in-laws and you want a meal that is sure to impress. Whatever your reasons for looking for an alternative to turkey, here are three suggestions you can order from West Coast Foods and have delivered fresh to your door in time for Christmas: Continue reading Read More
Although still the number one choice for the Christmas table, poor old turkey gets a pretty bad press. Deemed too large, too dry, or too bland, many of us are turning to whole turkey crowns or even a stuffed boneless option.
Yet a whole turkey is a glorious thing. Too large? Well it doesn’t have to be the size of a small cow; it probably wouldn’t fit in the oven anyway. And lots of leftovers are no bad thing. Too dry? Not if you cook it like we do. Too bland? A decent free range turkey is full of flavour nearer to duck than chick... Read More
A perfect roast potato surely has to be one of the best things on the planet. Fluffy inside, crisp crust on the outside, and a proper potato flavour. Smushed with your fork into a puddle of escaping gravy, this is the way to food nirvana. Not at all difficult to achieve, yet often horrendously misjudged, the roasting of a potato is a serious business that requires your full respect.Choose your potato wisely
It all starts with a potato. Not a bog standard white potato from the corner shop or a potato of unknown qualities fro... Read More
There are times when a few little homemade tweaks are all it takes to bring a meal to life and they do not come any easier than making your own cranberry sauce. Although the commercial stuff is readily available, and certainly good in its own right, fresh cranberries are also more readily available these days.
All you need is fresh cranberries, sugar and water. You could add chopped pears, orange zest, anything you like really, but the basic recipe (if you can call it that) is as follows.Recipe for homemade cranberry sauce Read More
Christmas or not, roast beef demands Yorkshire pudding. In fact, for many, all roast dinners demand Yorkshire pudding. Cheap and easy to make, as long as the rules are followed carefully, a good Yorkshire pudding will earn you more brownie points than the rest of your culinary talents combined. Opinions on how a good Yorkshire should be can vary but we all agree on the fact that they must rise and preferably stay risen; at least until they reach the table and hopefully beyond.Read More
The festive season is well and truly upon us; at least it is in the outside world anyway. Those of us who aren't fully prepared by the middle of September are only just toying with the notion of present buying and wondering if the Christmas lights come up earlier each year. Come next week when December rolls around, the festivities can begin in earnest as we all breathe a collective sigh of relief and get on with the business of doing what we do best. Christmas.
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