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How to prepare the best Christmas cheeseboard

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:05:01 +0000

After decades of limited choice, consumers have countless cheeses to contemplate. But can traditional and artisan coexist on the festive cheeseboard?

Christmas is a good time to try different cheeses.
No festive feast is complete without a positively groaning cheeseboard. And while British cheese has formerly been the poor relation …Continue reading »

Turkey tacos. Exotic flavours for Christmas leftovers

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:03:59 +0000

Add exotic flavours to your Christmas lunch leftovers when you can't face yet another turkey sandwich. Philippa Davis' turkey tacos make a delicious supper when you still have turkey to polish up

Add exotic flavours to your Christmas lunch leftovers to create an entirely different supper.
The best way to use your Christmas leftovers is to create a supper that feels entirely different to the original …Continue reading »

The Field’s Christmas gift guide for sprogs

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:58:25 +0000

If you are playing Father Christmas for a sporting small, take the stress out of stocking stuffing with The Field's Christmas gift guide for sprogs

A handy speaker, motoring fun on small-scale and a snazzy blazer are all on a sporting sprog's wish list this year.
If you’ve been tasked with stuffing a sporting small’s stocking this year, take inspiration from The Field’s Christmas gift guide …Continue reading »

Home-cured salmon with sherry, dill and cranberries

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:53:33 +0000

Give the Nordic dish gravlax a festive twist to serve as a simple, pre-ahead starter or even as a canapé on the big day. Try Philippa Davis' home-cured salmon with sherry, dill and cranberries

Try this festive twist on the Nordic dish gravlax.
Salmon is a Christmas day essential. But try something a little different this year, with a festive twist on the …Continue reading »

Royal coat of arms: spotted nave gazing

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:52:47 +0000

Royal Arms are one of the intriguing things you might notice if your mind wanders during the sermon. But where did the royal coat of arms originate and how did they develop? Stephen Slater explains

The Royal Arms (as they appear in Scotland) in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.
The Royal coat of arms is just one of the fascinating things you may spy in a local church, while …Continue reading »

Behold, angels: the origin of angels

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:14:19 +0000

They are an integral part of our Christmas tradition, yet angels pre-date Christianity, says Ed West. What is the origin and role of these mythical messengers?

Angels provide a rich inspiration for art, such as Giotto's fresco The Dream of Joachim, circa 1305.
Angels are integral to our Christmas tradition, from featuring in nativity scenes and carols to adorning the top of the …Continue reading »

6 best Christmas puddings. No stirring required

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:34:24 +0000

If you plan to flambé a pud this Christmas without the exertion of wielding a wooden spoon first, then there's no shame in shop bought. Take your pick from the 6 best Christmas puddings on sale this year

Even if you missed Stir-Up Sunday this year, there's no need to go without a pud.
Preparing the festive feast can be stressful for even the most experienced country cook. So it’s best to know when …Continue reading »

Winter solstice traditions: a bleak but beautiful mid winter

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:22:38 +0000

Cold and barren it may be but colourful traditions around the Solstice – expertly adopted by the Christian Church – make this a time of hope and glory, says Sir Johnny Scott

The ghostly sound of tawny owls calling is synonymous with freezing, moonlit nights.
With the days shortening and darkness descending, midwinter can be a bleak time. But the colourful winter solstice traditions, expertly …Continue reading »

Log from the black forest

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:52:26 +0000

Something sweet is essential at Christmas time. For a spectacular festive dessert, make a traditional chocolate yule log inspired by a black forest gateau. This log from the black forest is a guaranteed crowd pleaser

A spectacular festive dessert that won't let Christmas pud nay-sayers go hungry.
If you are among figgy pudding nay-sayers this Christmas, don’t let them go hungry. Philippa Davis’ log from the black …Continue reading »

Luci Maclaren, sporting artist

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:51:18 +0000

Luci Maclaren depicts traditional sporting scenes in a vibrant, contemporary style. But how little paint can she use? By Janet Menzies

Pace, oil on linen.
Luci Maclaren uses a unique, contemporary style to paint traditional sporting scenes. Having impressed her family and gone down a …Continue reading »