1、Roast guinea fowl with chestnut, sage & lemon stuffing

This festive game bird makes an ideal Christmas dinner for two. The portions are generous so you'll have leftovers to enjoy

Roast guinea fowl with chestnut, sage & lemon stuffing recipe

Ingredients

Method

Soften the onion in the butter very gently, then stir in the sage and cook for 2 mins more. Scrape into a bowl with the chopped walnuts, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, mace, chestnuts and egg and mix together well. Season generously.
  • For the guinea fowl, wash and wipe out the inside cavity. Mix the butter with some seasoning, then push and spread some under the skin over the breasts, and rub the rest over the legs. Lay the bacon across the breasts, smoothing over, and season with some more pepper. Push the stuffing into the cavity (any extra can be rolled into balls and baked in the oven for the last 20 mins cooking time). You can cover and chill the guinea fowl now for up to 24 hours.
  • To roast, bring the bird out of the fridge 30 mins before. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Sit the bird in a snug roasting tin with the sliced onion underneath. Roast for 15 mins, then lower the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and roast for a further 35-45 mins for a 1kg bird (or longer if bigger – use the timings for a roast chicken). Check the bird is done by piercing the inside of the thigh with a knife and making sure the juices are clear, not bloody. Lift the guinea fowl off the onions, onto a platter. Loosely cover with foil, top with a towel (to keep it warm), and rest while you make the gravy.
  • Pour off the juices from the roasting tray into a jug or bowl, and allow to settle. Spoon a tbsp of the fat on top back into the roasting tray, pop on the hob over a low heat (make sure your roasting tray is suitable or transfer contents to a pan), and stir in the flour until it isn’t dusty anymore. Gradually stir in the stock, plus any meat juices after you’ve discarded the rest of the fat, and bubble gently until thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and pinches of sugar if it needs it, then strain into a gravy jug and discard the onions. Serve with the guinea fowl, spooning out the stuffing as you carve, plus cranberry sauce and plenty of vegetables.

  • https://www.truecookbook.com/recipe/roast-guinea-fowl-with-chestnut-sage-lemon-stuffing-4010/

    2、Baked cod with a chorizo crumb & lemon aïoli

    White fish and chorizo are a classic Spanish pairing. The spicy sausage adds a lovely rich smokiness to the meaty cod
    Baked cod with a chorizo crumb & lemon aïoli recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Tip the chorizo into a frying pan and cook over a medium heat until it releases its oil and becomes crisp in places. Meanwhile, make the aïoli: stir together the ingredients with some seasoning, then chill.
    2. Put the chorizo and its oil in a food processor and pulse until broken into small chunks. Add the breadcrumbs, almonds, lemon zest, seasoning and half the olive oil, then blitz to a crumb.
    3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the cod fillets on a lightly greased baking tray, then brush with the remaining oil. Heap the crumbs onto the fish and pat down so that the fillets are well covered. Let them firm up in the fridge for at least 20 mins.
    4. When you’re ready to cook, pop the fish in the oven for 10-15 mins, depending on the thickness of your fillets, until the flesh has turned opaque and the chorizo crumb is golden.

    3、Roast beef platter with chilli, pine nut & parsley dressing

    Roast a joint of sirloin until rare, serve sliced with a light vinaigrette and tell everyone to get stuck in
    Roast beef platter with chilli, pine nut & parsley dressing recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Wipe the meat with kitchen paper and set, fat-side down, in a roasting tin. Finely chop 2 chillies, 3 garlic cloves and the thyme leaves. Mix with 3 tbsp of the oil, season, then massage over the meat. Turn the meat, fat-side up, and massage in the remaining flavoured oil.
    2. Roast the joint for 40-50 mins for medium rare, 10-15 mins longer for medium. If you have a meat thermometer, the temperature will read 55C for medium rare and 62C for medium.
    3. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until lightly coloured, then tip into a bowl. Heat 1 tbsp oil in the pan, thinly slice the remaining garlic cloves and fry quickly until lightly browned. Tip into a separate bowl. Finely chop the remaining chilli and add to the bowl with the mustard, vinegar and seasoning. Whisk to mix, then whisk in the last 4 tbsp oil and half of the chopped parsley.
    4. Let the meat rest for 20 mins, then thinly slice and arrange over a platter. Spoon over a little dressing, and scatter with the pine nuts and the rest of the parsley. Serve the remaining dressing separately.

    4、Pasta with creamy greens & lemon

    Try a new topping for your pasta, ready in just 15 minutes
    Pasta with creamy greens & lemon recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Cook pasta in a very large pan following the pack instructions, adding broccoli florets, frozen soya beans, frozen peas and mange tout for the final 3 mins of cooking time.
    2. Drain, saving a ladleful of the cooking water first, then tip everything back into the pan. Stir in mascarpone or soft cheese, zest and juice 1 lemon, grated Parmesan, a handful basil leaves, some seasoning and a splash of cooking water.

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