HOLIDAY COOKING

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Delia's Happy Christmas
(Ebury Press) ISBN 978-0091933067 0091933064

Holiday cooking is easy with this Christmas cookbook by Delia Smith. Christmas recipes range from traditional to modern. Delia's Happy Christmas helps you plan holiday menus and grocery shopping lists, bake do-ahead Christmas desserts, make Christmas dinners and Boxing Day meals. The holiday cookbook even includes New Year's Eve party ideas and leftover recipes.

New Year's buffet recipes

Well-organized, this holiday cookbook begins with menus, such as Christmas Day lunch and New Year's Eve holiday buffet, which feature recipes from Delia's Happy Christmas.

Each Delia Smith recipe begins with her cooking advice. In her last-minute brandied Christmas cake recipe, for example, she explains that a jar of mincemeat makes it moist.

Holiday baking

Ingredients use British measurements, but there is a conversion chart at the back of the Delia Smith cookery book. Some holiday baking recipes include garnishes, like frosted cranberries and grapes.

More culinary tips appear in notes at the end of holiday recipes. For example, in Delia Smith's maple walnut cheesecake recipe, she recommends using Serr walnuts to make the carmelized walnuts.

More than 150 photos by Petrina Tinslay depict Christmas decorations and Christmas dishes, like homemade mincemeat.

Vegetarian Christmas dishes

One chapter in Delia's Happy Christmas includes recipes for vegetarian Christmas food, like vegetable pie and roasted red peppers stuffed with fennel.

Another chapter of the 311-page holiday cookbook provides recipes for a Hogmanay party. The Scottish New Year's Eve recipes include partan bree (fresh crab soup), haggis pie and black bun (a spicy fruit cake).

This Delia Smith cookbook lists sources for Christmas food online, like marrons glaces (candied chestnuts) from Clement Faugier. Additional online suppliers can be found at Delia Online.

Sample holiday recipes

Italian chocolate nut Christmas cake. Chestnut cupcakes. Spiced pickled pears. Christmas chutney. Cranberry cooler. Christmas coleslaw. Pheasant terrine. Wild mushroom and walnut soup. Roast duck with cherry sauce. Salmon in champagne sauce. Hot smoked salmon pie. Parsnips with Parmesan. Sauteed caramelised fennel. Spiced cranberry and orange brulee. Chocolate chestnut log. Mince pie ice cream. Turkey and ham benedict. Festive sugar plums.

Delia's Happy Christmas

Contents

Part 1. THE PLAN
  1. Happiness is getting a grip early
  2. Armchair shopping
  3. Christmas lasts for 8 days
  4. Holiday on ice
  5. Just so you won't forget...
Part 2. THE RECIPES
  1. All kinds of Christmas cakes
  2. Christmas puddings & others...
  3. Pickles, chutneys & preserves
  4. Drinks, mulls & party stuff
  5. Soups & starters
  6. Duck, geese & game
  7. Other main courses
  8. Celebration seafood
  9. A vegetarian Christmas
  10. Vegetables in winter
  11. The sweetest Christmas
  12. Last-minute Christmas
  13. The last 36 hours
  14. What's left?
  15. Hogmanay
Conversion Chart
Index

Author

Delia Smith books are famous in Britain, where she has appeared on many TV cookery shows.


More Delia Smith cookbooks:

Delia's Summer Collection


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