Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving here in the UK or across the pond in The States, we have some great ideas for you to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey. We have covered all options from traditional spoon bread, winter vegetables and mash to more elaborate and modern chicory gratin and stuffed squash.
Our grilled trout with Asian dressing is a quick and healthy mid-week recipe. It is simple but stylish so you can serve during mid-week entertaining.
Tio Pepe and gourmet popcorn specialist Pop have come up with a pairing us sherry heads can’t resist: matching the savoury notes of fino to three festive popcorns. If you want to try it yourself visit Bar 44 in Cardiff, Larderhouse in Bournemouth, Bar Pepito in London and Ambiente in Leeds between 1-24 December. For £5 per person try a glass of Tio Pepe and three servings of popcorn.
Here are Pop’s Matt Guerente’s tasting notes:
An antidote to the march of generic ‘German’ markets across the UK, next week sees the launch of a brand-new festive town called Winterville, in London’s Victoria Park. Running from 2 to 31 December it will include a covered outdoor ice rink, a Ferris wheel, a pub, a Dutch-style spiegel tent hosting a range of entertainment from pop-up panto and comedy to live gigs and an indoor roller disco.
Alongside, there will be street food. Lots of it. From Mei Mei’s Street Cart (pictured) and Voodoo Ray’s pizza by the slice to Anna Mae’s classic macaroni cheese and Madame Gautier’s fine French fare.
Best of all though will be the on-site Hot Cider Bar, blending West Country Real Cider with handpicked spices to produce a truly festive taste sensation, from classic hot spiced to hot salted caramel, hot buttered rum cider and (whisper it) cold or non-alcoholic versions.
We went on a great course last night to sharpen up our Indian cookery skills. The Urban Rajah’s Spice Academy teaches you how to blend spices to make garam masala and many other delicious Indian recipes. A great tip is to add black cardamom as well as green cardamom as it adds a smoky depth in flavour. We will be posting more Indian cooking tips from Urban Rajah soon, so watch this space.
Here’s an olive recipe using garam masala. The spice blend gives the mackerel a light Indian fragrance.
Set between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, Augill Castle in Cumbria (pictured) has long been a comfortable hotel to break a long journey north or south, with 17 cossetting bedrooms and unpretentious but indulgent dinners. If you live locally, or you’re self-catering nearby, you can now dip into the experience without staying overnight.
From this month the hotel is opening its doors to non-resident diners on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a menu that ranges from Yorkshire lamb tagine to Lancashire fish pie (both £14). Unusually you can choose to eat on a sofa by the fire, at your own table in the hotel’s conservatory bistro or, if you want some company, round a giant communal table in the castle’s Blue Dining Room.
This delicious double mushroom burger is inspired by Steak and Honour, a burger van with a difference that roams around the Cambridge area. Don’t be fooled by the name, Leo Riethoff cares just as much about the veggies stuffed between the locally baked brioche buns as he does the meatier offerings. The ever-popular mushroom burger, with its smoky, charred, flat-mushroom filling, is a great vegetarian option.
Celeriac is at it’s best at this time of year. It has a flavour of celery and a lovely nuttiness that works really well in a soup. We have added thyme croutons, the perfect soup topper.
This chicken and leek pie is an ideal Sunday dish. It is rich, comforting and easy to make and then pop in the oven.
These fried aubergine sticks are a great alternative to the standard crisps and dips that are served at dinner and drinks parties. Impress your guests with a spicy exotic twist to kick off your evening. Soaking the aubergine in water first helps keep them crisp when frying.