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Christmas

I am not a great one for starters before Christmas Dinner, but I will certainly have plates of Parmesan Shortbreads and my Panettone Stuffing Squares dotted around the place alongside a jug or two of my Christmas Cup, and may even offer the odd Poinsettia too - and if you want to do likewise, just follow the Christmas Cup recipe, but substitute Grand Marnier, Triple Sec or Cointreau for the Cherry Brandy and cranberry juice for the ginger ale.

The old fave, my Spiced and Superjuicy Turkey is hard to resist – there's something about the brining method which makes the turkey easier to carve into elegantly thin slices, so not only will you feel better on the day but also the turkey will go further – and for me this has to go with Allspice Gravy, Gingerbread Stuffing and Redder Than Red Cranberry Sauce. But I do want to draw your attention, as well, to the Turkey Breast Stuffed with Italian Sausage and Marsala-Steeped Cranberries. This is particularly fab for a party, when you can cook it and slice it (easily) into generous slabs. I know that Perfect Roast Potatoes is an immodest title but, I promise you, they are a seasonal spud sensation. My mother always served her Brussels Sprouts with a lot of buttered chestnuts (and cooked and peeled her own). I have upped the ante by adding gorgeous salty pancetta cubes (feel free to substitute bacon) and been unapologetically lazier by buying vacuum-packed ready cooked and peeled chestnuts.

We've also got both my Ham in Coca Cola and Ginger-Glazed Ham, both of which are just divine with the Spiced Peaches. Veggie diners are not left out, either, as I have a splendiferous Roast Stuffed Pumpkin with Gingery Tomato Sauce. I urge you also to reconsider the seasonal sprout, and go for the Hearty Wholewheat Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Cheese and Potato, a truly satisfying veggie option (and an excellent way of absorbing excess alcohol, I should add).

Oh dear: I am trying to keep this brief, but am finding it difficult as there is just so much food to celebrate at Christmas. For pudding, I suggest to you my old favourites (and this is absolutely a time for tradition and my own Christmas ritual relies on them): Ultimate Christmas Pudding with Rum Butter and Eggnog Cream; Yule Log; Star-Topped Mince Pies!

Still, there’s room for innovation too, so you will also find my Christmas Morning Muffins, Salted Caramel Brandy Butter, Gorgeously Golden Fruit Cake (which happens to be gluten-free), Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake, Christmas-Spiced Chocolate Cake (another gluten-free treat), Christmas Chocolate Cookies, and even a luxuriously chocolatey Christmas Pudding for Christmas Pudding Haters.

But I couldn't just end there: this is after all the season of glorious indulgence, so I had to give you my utterly ravishing but easy and no-cook Italian Christmas Pudding Cake and, of course, a little seasonal jollity in the form of my Chocolate Salame.

And my Christmas tradition – which for me marks the start of my own festive season – involves making up a batch of Edible Christmas Decorations with my children.

Merry Christmas, Buon Natale, Happy Holidays and here's to cooking and eating our way into a fantastic new year!

Allspice Gravy
Photo by Lis Parsons
Allspice Gravy
By Nigella
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Anglo-Italian Trifle
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Anglo-Italian Trifle
By Nigella
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Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts, Pancetta and Parsley
Photo by James Merrell
Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts, Pancetta and Parsley
By Nigella
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Butternut Squash With Pecans and Blue Cheese
Photo by Lis Parsons
Butternut Squash With Pecans and Blue Cheese
By Nigella
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Butternut and Sweet Potato Soup
Photo by Lis Parsons
Butternut and Sweet Potato Soup
By Nigella
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Cheese Stars
Cheese Stars
By Nigella
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Chestnut Chocolate Pots
Photo by Lis Parsons
Chestnut Chocolate Pots
By Nigella
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Chilli Jam
Photo by Lis Parsons
Chilli Jam
By Nigella
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Chocolate Chestnut Refrigerator Cake
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Chocolate Chestnut Refrigerator Cake
By Nigella
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Chocolate Cloud Cake
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Chocolate Cloud Cake
By Nigella
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Chocolate Fruit Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Chocolate Fruit Cake
By Nigella
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Chocolate Guinness Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Chocolate Guinness Cake
By Nigella
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Chocolate Pudding for Christmas Pudding Haters With Hot Chocolate Sauce
Photo by Lis Parsons
Chocolate Pudding for Christmas Pudding Haters With Hot Chocolate Sauce
By Nigella
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Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova
By Nigella
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Chocolate Salame
Chocolate Salame
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Chocolate Salame
By Nigella
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Christmas Chocolate Biscuits
Photo by Lis Parsons
Christmas Chocolate Biscuits
By Nigella
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Christmas Cup
Christmas Cup
By Nigella
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Christmas Morning Muffins
Christmas Morning Muffins
Photo by Lis Parsons
Christmas Morning Muffins
By Nigella
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Christmas Rocky Road
Photo by Lis Parsons
Christmas Rocky Road
By Nigella
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Christmas-Spiced Chocolate Cake
Photo by Lis Parsons
Christmas-Spiced Chocolate Cake
By Nigella
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Clementine Cake
Clementine Cake
By Nigella
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Cosmo Cocktail Sausages
Cosmo Cocktail Sausages
By Nigella
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Devil's Food Cake
Photo by Lis Parsons
Devil's Food Cake
By Nigella
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Easy-Action Christmas Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Easy-Action Christmas Cake
By Nigella
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Edible Christmas Tree Decorations
Photo by Lis Parsons
Edible Christmas Tree Decorations
By Nigella
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Eggnog Cream
Photo by Lis Parsons
Eggnog Cream
By Nigella
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Fig and Olive Chutney
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Fig and Olive Chutney
By Nigella
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Gingerbread Stuffing
Photo by Lis Parsons
Gingerbread Stuffing
By Nigella
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Ham in Coca Cola
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Ham in Coca Cola
By Nigella
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Hearty Wholewheat Pasta With Brussels Sprouts, Cheese and Potato
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Hearty Wholewheat Pasta With Brussels Sprouts, Cheese and Potato
By Nigella
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Ice Cream With Cranberry Syrup
Photo by James Merrell
Ice Cream With Cranberry Syrup
By Nigella
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Irish Cream Tiramisu
Photo by Lis Parsons
Irish Cream Tiramisu
By Nigella
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Italian Christmas Pudding Cake
Italian Christmas Pudding Cake
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Italian Christmas Pudding Cake
By Nigella
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Maple-Roast Parsnips
Photo by Lis Parsons
Maple-Roast Parsnips
By Nigella
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Mexican Chicken or Turkey Salad With Tomato and Black Bean Salsa
Mexican Chicken or Turkey Salad With Tomato and Black Bean Salsa
Photo by Lis Parsons
Mexican Chicken or Turkey Salad With Tomato and Black Bean Salsa
By Nigella
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Mulled Cider
Photo by Lis Parsons
Mulled Cider
By Nigella
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No-Churn Chestnut Ice Cream
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
No-Churn Chestnut Ice Cream
By Nigella
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Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake
By Nigella
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Panettone Stuffing Squares
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Panettone Stuffing Squares
By Nigella
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Parmesan Shortbreads
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Parmesan Shortbreads
By Nigella
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Perfect Roast Potatoes
Photo by Lis Parsons
Perfect Roast Potatoes
By Nigella
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Pomegranate Jewel Cake
Pomegranate Jewel Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Pomegranate Jewel Cake
By Nigella
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Red Seasonal Salad
Photo by James Merrell
Red Seasonal Salad
By Nigella
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Redder Than Red Cranberry Sauce
Photo by Lis Parsons
Redder Than Red Cranberry Sauce
By Nigella
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Roast Stuffed Pumpkin With Gingery Tomato Sauce
Photo by Lis Parsons
Roast Stuffed Pumpkin With Gingery Tomato Sauce
By Nigella
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Rocky Road Crunch Bars
Photo by Lis Parsons
Rocky Road Crunch Bars
By Nigella
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Salted Caramel Brandy Butter
Salted Caramel Brandy Butter
By Nigella
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Salted Caramel Martini
Salted Caramel Martini
By Nigella
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Smooth Hatbox Icing
Photo by Lis Parsons
Smooth Hatbox Icing
By Nigella
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Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
Photo by Lis Parsons
Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
By Nigella
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Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake
Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake
Photo by Lis Parsons
Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake
By Nigella
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Star-Topped Mince Pies
Photo by Lis Parsons
Star-Topped Mince Pies
By Nigella
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Turkey Breast Stuffed With Italian Sausage and Marsala-Steeped Cranberries
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Turkey Breast Stuffed With Italian Sausage and Marsala-Steeped Cranberries
By Nigella
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Turkey and Glass Noodle Salad
Turkey and Glass Noodle Salad
Photo by Lis Parsons
Turkey and Glass Noodle Salad
By Nigella
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Ultimate Christmas Pudding
Photo by Lis Parsons
Ultimate Christmas Pudding
By Nigella
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Yule Log
Photo by Lis Parsons
Yule Log
By Nigella
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Home Cured Ham
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