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12 days of Christmas: 7 Chefs a-Chef-ing

I got the baking day – for my unceasing attempts at achieving domestic goddessness with successful businesswoman – I’ll make it one day 😉 

Anyway – I bring you six of the best to please your taste buds, and a little extra!

Jamie Oliver

From Jamie’s Christmas pages, I fancy his Epic Hot Chocolate which I think I’ll put together in a jar as a stocking filler for my girl, plus as gifts for others too – one of many great recipes he showed us on the recent show, in his inimitable fashion.

Jean Christophe Novelli

While I was considering chefs that appeal to the eye as well as in the kitchen, my mind of course settled on the scrummy Jean Christophe. And his recipes are pretty good too 😉 – I especially like his Baked Spiced Clementines


I’m not sure I’ll be joining Gordon’s Christmas morning live cookalong – how can anyone manage that with kids around, or is this simply an excuse for us to escape to the kitchen, with TV on the laptop? On the web pages you can see the ingredients list so you really can cookalong with Gordon.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh has gone all veggie on us this year and this recipe for roast Brussels sprouts is intriguing. Definitely one to test out – it suggests a bubble and squeak taste – yum. As he says “If you don’t like sprouts, you just having had them the right way yet”

Nigel Slater
I like Nigel’s gentle, straightforward baking and love the Morello Cherry Cheesecake recipe here, though I might use raspberries instead. Using almond or shortbread biscuits as a base for cheesecake appeals and something I’ll definitely adopt.


She of the voluptuous descriptions and heavenly recipes. I love her books and her shows – who doesn’t. While writing this the Nigella Christmas Feast show is on and her Girdlebuster Pie could not be simpler – anyone can make this, I suggest, and is more than suitable for a  festive decadence perfectly.

It is also only fair to include reference to her recent salted caramel imagery for Stylist magazine, with the recipe, of course! Seems like a bit of a waste to me 😉

And while we are considering treats for the eyes…

I have checked this site a number of times while considering its suitability for this post. I had better check just once more – go visit and enjoy a cheeky treat from Baileys!


Which recipes and chefs do you want in your stocking this year?

Have a wonderful Christmas!