Keep this Christmas-spiced cranberry sauce in the fridge for up to a week before the big day
MethodBring to a simmer and cook until the liquid has reduced by half. Add the cranberries and cook for 5 mins or until the cranberries burst and start to look jammy. Set aside to cool. Can be frozen or spoon into a jar and keep in the fridge for up to a week.
- 4 ducks legs
- ½ tsp five spice powder
- bunch of rosemary sprigs
- 4 fat garlic cloves
- half a bottle of red wine
- 2 tbsp redcurrant or quince jelly
- Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put the duck legs in one layer in a roasting tin on a bed of rosemary sprigs and garlic cloves. Sprinkle with salt and five-spice powder. Roast for 1 hr.
- Bring the wine and jelly to a gentle simmer, stirring to dissolve the jelly, then continue to simmer for 5 mins. When the duck has been cooking for an hr remove from the oven and spoon off almost all the fat (save it for roast potatoes), then pour the wine mixture around it and return to the oven for 10-15 mins to finish cooking and reduce the sauce.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 red onions, thickly sliced
- 3cm piece fresh root ginger, grated
- 500g/1lb 2oz pumpkin or squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into large chunks
- 1 tsp each cinnamon, coriander, cumin and harissa paste
- 1 tbsp clear honey
- 700g bottle tomato passata
- 50g dried cranberries
- 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
- 200g couscous
- 2 tsp vegetable stock granules
- zest and juice 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
- handful coriander, roughly chopped
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onions until lightly coloured. Add ginger, pumpkin and spices, stir, then add honey, passata and cranberries. Bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat, cover, then simmer for 20 mins until the pumpkin is tender. After 10 mins, stir in the chickpeas. (If the mixture is a little thick, you can loosen it with some vegetable stock.)
- Meanwhile, tip the couscous, stock granules and lemon zest into a heatproof bowl. Pour over 300ml boiling water, stir briefly and cover with a plate. Leave for 5 mins. Tip in the lemon juice, almonds and remaining tbsp oil and fluff up with a fork. Scatter the coriander over the tagine and serve with the couscous.
- 4 x 175-200g/6-8oz sirloin steaks
- 2 chopped shallots
- 25g butter
- 300ml red wine
- 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
- 2 tsp grainy mustard
- Season the steaks with black pepper. Heat a large non-stick frying pan until really hot, and cook the steaks for 2-3 minutes, without moving them. Sprinkle with salt, turn over and cook for 2-3 minutes more; keep warm.
- Turn down the heat and fry the chopped shallots in the butter until softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in the red wine, add the thyme and reduce by two-thirds. Stir in the redcurrant jelly, mustard and salt and pepper. Return the steaks to the pan, heat through in the sauce and serve.