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

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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,

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dark chocolate spice cake

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on February 06, 2021

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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