The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories & 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter by Nigel Slater

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    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: apples; apple juice; brandy; cloudy apple juice; clementines; cinnamon sticks; allspice berries; whole cloves
    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: dried apricots; oranges; whole star anise; brandy; sweet white wine
    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: granulated sugar; maple syrup; dry white wine; anise seeds; dried figs; vodka
    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: prunes; sultanas; muscat wine
    • Categories: Sauces for poultry; Stuffing; Side dish; Christmas; Fall / autumn; Winter
    • Ingredients: fennel seeds; minced turkey; dried chilli flakes; breadcrumbs; lardo; cranberry jelly; oranges; cranberries
    • Categories: Ice cream & frozen desserts; Dessert; Christmas; Winter; Vegan
    • Ingredients: oranges; whole cloves; cinnamon sticks; pears
    • Categories: Main course; Christmas; Cooking for 1 or 2; Winter
    • Ingredients: leeks; vegetable stock; parsley; tinned cannellini beans; Italian sausages
    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Dessert; Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: pears; apple juice; orange marmalade; Marsala wine; honey; vanilla ice cream
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Christmas; Winter; Italian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: avocados; lemons; basil; watercress; pine kernels
    • Accompaniments: Gnudi
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Christmas; Winter; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: spinach; double cream; pecorino Romano cheese; pea shoots
    • Accompaniments: Gnudi
    • Categories: Main course; Christmas; Fall / autumn; Winter; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: aubergines; lemons; onions; garlic; thyme; rosemary; chestnut mushrooms; Puy lentils; double cream; parsley; basil; Parmesan cheese
    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Dessert; Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: dried figs; sultanas; dry Marsala wine; golden caster sugar; butter; plain flour; egg yolks
    • Categories: Jams, jellies & preserves; Quick / easy; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: suet; dark muscovado sugar; sultanas; currants; prunes; dried apricots; cooking apples; blanched almonds; lemons; ground cinnamon; ground cloves; whole nutmeg; brandy
    • Categories: Jams, jellies & preserves; Quick / easy; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; Vegan
    • Ingredients: caster sugar; lemons; quinces; green cardamom pods; mixed spice (UK); ground cinnamon; sultanas; raisins; currants; dried apricots; light muscovado sugar; brandy
    • Categories: Main course; Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: gammon; quince paste; dry Marsala wine; onions; whole cloves; cinnamon sticks; black peppercorns; bay leaves; cauliflower; dill
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: butter; golden caster sugar; oranges; lemons; ground almonds; eggs; poppy seeds; candied orange peel; candied lemon peel
    • Categories: Main course; Christmas; Cooking for 1 or 2; Winter
    • Ingredients: banana shallots; parsnips; smoked garlic; partridges; chicken stock; thyme; juniper berries; double cream
    • Categories: Ice cream & frozen desserts; Dessert; Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: egg yolks; double cream; maple syrup; figs; dark chocolate; yoghurt; physalis
    • Categories: Soups; Christmas; Winter; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: leeks; cauliflower; vegetable stock; bay leaves; parsley; sourdough bread; melting cheese
    • Categories: Sauces, general; Main course; Christmas; Winter; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cabbage; Parmesan cheese; milk; bay leaves; bread of your choice; sprouted seeds
    • Categories: Sauces for meat; Main course; Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: dried porcini mushrooms; beef brisket; banana shallots; baby carrots; black peppercorns; bay leaves; thyme
    • Accompaniments: Mashed swede
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Main course; Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: pork belly; honey; white miso; coarse grain mustard; salad leaves; black peppercorns; pears
    • Categories: Sandwiches & burgers; Dessert; Christmas; Winter
    • Ingredients: mincemeat; panettone

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  • Baked apple mascarpone fool

    • Astrid5555 on January 02, 2018

      I liked that this dessert requires very little effort, just a few ingredients and can be made ahead. However, my baked apples were a little on the hard side, so I think this would have been much better with the optional caramelized apples on top. Used Amaretto instead of Marsala wine for the cream, since this is what I had on hand.

  • Rhubarb (or apple) trifle

    • lilham on November 07, 2020

      I found this on EYB looking for a non alcoholic trifle. I have not made one before. This recipe is quite simple. Make a sponge. Make rhubarb syrup. (I used frozen). Tear sponge, pour on syrup. Make custard and pour on top. I don’t have a trifle bowl so I used a large Pyrex mixing bowl instead. Put in fridge and put whipped cream on top when serving. The trifle is very nice but very rich. The recipe feeds 10-12.

  • Mincemeat and mascarpone tarts

    • lilham on November 21, 2020

      This is a very simple tart recipe. Shop bought puff pastry, a spoon of mincemeat and a spoon of mascarpone. (I made my own puff pastry using the recipe from Nigella Lawson’s domestic goddess book). It is very very good. I plan to make this again before Christmas. I can see this become a new family tradition.

  • A hot apple drink for a cold night

    • lilham on November 13, 2021

      A lovely drink for a cold night.

    • joneshayley on May 26, 2019

      Warming, soothing and with a bite of brandy, the perfect winter drink after a long cold walk.

  • A classic brandy mincemeat

    • lilham on October 16, 2021

      My first homemade mincemeat. It is much easier than I had imagined. I blitzed the almonds in a mini chopper instead of by hand because I had never had any shopped bought mincemeat with crunchy nuts in them. (Is it normal to have nuts in homemade ones)? I also made the mistake of adding the brandy before the simmer, instead of waiting until the mincemeat has cooled down. It tasted very nice. I will add more comments once this is made into mince pies.

  • Orange poppy seed cake

    • lilham on November 28, 2021

      This is a slightly sweet version of a traditional lemon poppy seed cake. I used a loaf time and the cooking time needed is 15-20min longer than specified in the recipe. Also either the recipe made too much syrup or the orange I used is larger and juicer than the ones tested for the recipe. It is a nice cake, lovely and moist.

  • Pickled figs with fennel seeds and allspice

    • JFM on November 28, 2017

      Made it with not quite ripe figs from my own tree. It turned out to be perfect.

  • Leeks, beans and Italian sausage

    • FJT on December 02, 2020

      Perfect for a cold winter evening. Easy to make and tasty,

  • Oxtail with butter beans and sherry

    • joneshayley on December 07, 2019

      This is my first time using oxtail and whilst this was nice, it was nothing special and I won’t make it again.

  • Roast duck with pearl barley and red cabbage

    • joneshayley on February 14, 2019

      Beautiful recipe- the duck is tender and delicious, but the pearl barley stuffing is the unexpected star of the recipe. Blown away by how delicious this simple recipe is.

  • Three dried fruit drinks for winter - apricot, orange and star anise

    • danibattle on October 24, 2020

      I have made a batch of this for Xmas gifts (for foodie friends). I'll report back on the flavor etc when we open them up, bottled in late September 2020...

    • mcparson on December 03, 2019

      These apricots are divine! Delicious in a dessert, used to make a mixed drink (with more cognac, of course!) or nibbled straight out of the jar.

  • My Christmas pudding

    • danibattle on October 14, 2021

      My now favorite Xmas pudding recipe. The figs make this.

  • A dark, sweet and delectable ’plum‘ pudding

    • danibattle on November 22, 2019

      Nice pud! More toffee and texture than the Delia classic I usually make. This is a keeper and will make again this year (2020)

    • danibattle on December 07, 2019

      Great Xmas pudding! My DH who is not a huge fan of Xmas pud thoroughly enjoyed this version. I liked the addition of figs, which are not part of the Delia Smith I usually make.

  • Salmon and sprouts

    • cadfael on January 28, 2023

      I think this is a delicious, easy supper. Made exactly as written but tossed in roasted small potato halves at end

    • ivyhopegirl on January 02, 2023

      Very tasty. This recipe is for keeps. I used steam in a bag Brussels that I half-roasted, and I added lemon juice. Skipped the onions. Meant to add scallions, then forgot. Still excellent.

  • Roast lamb with coriander seeds and rosemary

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on December 20, 2017

      Delicious! Used a 1 kg piece of lamb shoulder. When core temperature was over 53 degrees Celsius, 30 minutes earlier than in the recipe, the meat was tender and very tasteful.

  • Dark chocolate spice cake

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on February 06, 2021

      Nice and rich and spicy chocolate cake. Perfect for freezing temperatures outside.

  • Braised brisket with porcini and onion gravy

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on November 02, 2019

      After 3.5 hours in the oven, the meat was super soft. I used small cubes of dried porcini, that didn’t look so nice. But the taste was fabulous.

    • Elbea on January 09, 2022

      This was superb considering the very small ingredient list and simple instructions. The leftovers were used to make an equally tasty pie filling.

  • Pink grapefruit marmalade

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on December 29, 2017

      Halfway through the recipe late at night I discovered the sugar was finished, so I left it in the pan infusing another night. Turned out delicious and a very beautiful pink orange hue. Half the recipe was enough to fill three jam pots.

  • Banana cardamom cake

    • Lepa on December 06, 2022

      I loved this simple loaf cake! If you like cardamon, try this one out. We did not eat it with the fruit salad.

  • Pickled quinces

    • MarietNL on December 23, 2020

      Lovely and tasty dish, easy to prepare in advance. Although I really love sour, I’ll replace 1/3 of vinegar by water next time.

  • My Christmas cake

    • ChelseaP on July 08, 2022

      One of the nicest Christmas cakes. My family has been making Nigel's recipe for years. Packed full of fruit and nuts, it's utter decadance.

  • Creamed butter beans and spinach

    • etcjm on December 17, 2019

      Tasty. Served with steamed salmon. I used defrosted frozen spinach and just squeezed out excess water. Needed a good amount of salt. Leftovers next day were OK, but best eaten the same day.

  • Turkey, lardo and fennel seed stuffing, cranberry orange sauce

    • Hansyhobs on January 07, 2022

      I always enjoy making these every December. I use pancetta or bacon lardons as lardo isn't as easy to find as Nigel suggests (and I live in London)

  • Aubergine with lentils and basil

    • Hansyhobs on November 16, 2021

      Cooked this without the mushrooms (used celery instead; it needed using up) and it was great. I hardly ever cook aubergine at some because I never enjoy it and I'm still not convinced, but the lentils were delicious (I used pre-cooked).

  • Fig and orange shortbreads

    • Glinys on December 13, 2020

      Lovely crumbly texture They were quite large and so when I made a second batch I used a teaspoon rather than a tablespoon to scoop the mixtures- in fact I weighed the fig mix 10g and the other 20g ( I was making them as a gift so wanted them to look even ) They are a great alternative to mince pies

  • Roast cauliflower, carrot hummus

    • roleigh on November 02, 2021

      I added ground cumin and coriander before roasting the carrot and onions. Also added golden beetroot as I had it in the fridge. When blending I added water to loosen the mixture up a bit. A great recipe!

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Reviews about this book

  • Stonesoup

    If you’re after some inspiration for some new food-centered Christmas traditions for your family, this is the book for you!

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Wrap yourself in the warmth of the winter months with Nigel Slater's The Christmas Chronicles.

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  • ISBN 10 0008260192
  • ISBN 13 9780008260194
  • Published Oct 19 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 464
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Fourth Estate Ltd

Publishers Text

From the best-selling author of Eat, The Kitchen Diaries and Toast comes a new book featuring everything you need for the winter solstice. Written as a diary, and starting in September, this is the story of Nigel Slater's love for winter, its fables and its family feasts. Here are legends and folktales, myths and memoir, all told in Nigel's warm and intimate signature style. Nigel Slater's new book will have everything you need to prepare for and survive midwinter, from a rundown of Europe's Christmas markets and which books to read and films to watch, to where to go for a winter break and what candles to buy. And at the heart of the book are Nigel's recipes, from quick fireside suppers to winter baking and marmalade making.

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