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WINTER WALKS COUNTRYFILE’S GUIDE TO THE GREATEST ESCAPES
Everyting you ned fo te perfect Christmas!
RECIPES BY DELIA, JACK MONROE & THE HAIRY BIKERS
BEST CHRISTMAS FEAST
FESTIVE IDEAS GIFTS, CRAFTS, RECIPES, FAMILY DAYS OUT & MUCH MORE
GAZ OAKLEY’S VEGAN TREATS
BOXING DAY WITH YOTAM OTTOLENGHI
WIN! A FAM
(and a stay in a fve-s tar hote l!)
Magical movies! REVEALS THE GREATEST FESTIVE FILMS EVER!
CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF THE SNOWMAN
Christmas in four simple steps! 1
Fabulous days out
Easy craft ideas
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IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR A SPARKLING SEASON!
Ideas for your seasonal décor, from carnival chic to luxe metallics, plus the top ten festive films as chosen by Radio Times and a celebration of 40 years of The Snowman.
We’ve put together all the recipes you need for a wonderful festive feast. You’ll also find inventive ideas for Boxing Day meals and some delicious vegan dishes.
Get crafty with simple projects that the whole family will enjoy making, as well as ideas for fab festive days out and BBC Countryfile Magazine’s best winter walks.
We look at ways to style your home at Christmas, from the dining room to outdoor spaces, and share top tips from florists on the best way to use foliage as decoration.
A great selection of ideas for everyone on your list, including treats for him, her and kids, inspiration for cooks, crafters and gardeners, and stocking fillers for under £10.
TR W TU I P T I N RN O A F TO LAP AM PA LA ILY GE ND 63 UK!
FOUR FAB HAIRY BIKERS RECIPES IN YOUR RECIPE SUPPLEMENT
CONTENTS 8 christmas is coming! Prep like a pro in the run-up to the big day
trends & traditions
47 STARRY SKIES WALL HANGING
68 DINING IN STYLE
48 FABRIC STAR LABELS
71 GET THE GARDEN GLOW
Use your free gift to make this easy decoration These sewn tags are sure to impress!
14 FROSTED SPARKLE
49 FAIRY LIGHT LANTERNS
16 SHADES OF THE SEASON
50 THE SNOWMAN TABLE SETTINGS
18 FESTIVE FOREST
51 CRACKLE DOUGH CANDLEHOLDERS
20 WARM METALLICS
53 MODERN FELT GARLAND
22 CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL
54 TWIGGY ADVENT CALENDAR
Add some shimmer to your home this year Give your home a traditional look Take inspiration from the woods Go luxe with gold, silver and copper tones Fun ornaments and pops of bright colour
Turn wine bottles into these fab lights Both kids and adults will love these settings!
Get creative with your free gift cookie cutters Craft an alternative to tinsel
A stylish way to count down the days
Ideas to make mealtimes memorable Give outdoor spaces the festive treatment
72 BE OUR GUEST
Give visitors a warm welcome this season
75 DREAM OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS Professional florists reveal the secret of stunning displays of flowers and foliage
the ultimate gifts 80 FOR HIM
Presents that every man will love
82 FOR HER
A selection of treats she’s sure to adore
25 THE FINEST FESTIVE FILMS
55 JAM JAR CANDLES
84 FOR KIDS
28 A CHRISTMAS CLASSIC
56 FESTIVE FAMILY FUN!
87 FOR COOKS
The best days out across the country
Perfect presents for the foodies on your list
60 WONDERFUL WINTER WALKS
89 FOR CRAFTERS
31 a christmas feast
BBC Countryfile Magazine’s 10 best routes
Inspiration for creative friends and family
A selection of recipes for all your festive cooking, from turkey to indulgent puddings
63 WIN A TRIP TO LAPLAND UK!
91 FOR GARDENERS
Your chance to visit the home of the elves!
decorate your home
46 STICKY TAPE MINI PEGS
66 HEART OF THE HOME
Radio Times’ pick of the best Christmas movies We celebrate 40 years of The Snowman
A quick and simple decorative idea
Create a scented glow this Christmas
Make your living room a festive hub! 6
Create some smiles on Christmas morning!
Great gifts for those who grow their own
94 STOCKING FILLERS
Tiny treats for both children and adults
98 10 TIPS FOR A CALM CHRISTMAS Keep stress at bay with our top tips for keeping calm during the holidays
We love this cheerful bauble star for injecting a simple but effective pop of colour into any festive scheme. £20, www.debenhams.com
These super-cute mini rainbow crackers are just the thing to add a touch of carnival cheer to your Christmas table. £6 (box of 6), www.paperchase.co.uk
Do you know what your 2018 Christmas tree needs? Tropical birds! These parrots are the perfect starting point. £10 each, www.tch.net
LLAMA CHARMER If you’re embracing a carnival theme, make sure your tree is topped appropriately with this cheerful llama decoration. £10.95, www.feltsogood.co.uk
Give your festive decorations an exotic makeover with some fiestastyle bold colours and a liberal sprinkling of fun!
DISCO DECS For an easy way to create an instant festive fiesta feel, these rainbow disco ball lights are just what you’re looking for. £15, www.talkingtables.co.uk
MERRY & BRIGHT
Cocktails aren’t just for summer this year – come Christmas time they can be hanging from your tree too. Cheers! £6, www.debenhams.com
Add splashes of colour all over your home with a selection of honeycomb ball decorations in gloriously vivid shades. From £2.75 (for 12in ball), www.pipii.co.uk
The quirky shapes and vibrant colours of these handmade paper hangings are a fun addition to your Christmas décor. £10 each, www.rajtentclub.com
STYLE IT UP
The bright hues of this trend look best against plain walls â€“ a neutral background allows them to really pop. For the full effect, don't be afraid to inject as many colours as you want!
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Photography: Jonathan Lovekin
HAM, GARLIC AND POTATO TORTILLA
CAULIFLOWER, POMEGRANATE AND PISTACHIO SALAD
Put your leftover Christmas ham or other meat to good use in this quick lunch
This vibrant salad is a great partner to cold meats on Boxing Day
INGREDIENTS 350g potatoes, cut into 2cm dice (no need to peel them, just scrub the skins) 120ml olive oil 500g cooked ham, sliced (or turkey or chicken meat)
INGREDIENTS 1 large cauliflower (800g) 1 medium onion, roughly sliced (130g) 80ml olive oil 25g parsley, roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
10g mint, roughly chopped
8 eggs 1 small bunch parsley, shredded, plus extra to garnish 2 spring onions, sliced Salt and black pepper
10g tarragon, roughly chopped
Seeds from ½ medium pomegranate (80g) kernels, lightly toasted and roughly chopped cumin
HOW TO MAKE THE TORTILLA
1½ tbsp lemon juice
40g pistachio 1 tsp ground
HOW TO MAKE THE SALAD
Boil or steam the potatoes until cooked, then drain in a colander. Heat up a heavy-based 25-30cm pan (ideally nonstick) and add one-third of the oil. When it’s hot, add the potatoes and cook until golden, tossing occasionally. Tip into a bowl and add another third of the oil to the pan. 2 Add the ham and garlic to the pan and fry to colour, then put in the bowl with the potatoes. Add the eggs, parsley and spring onions to the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Put the pan back on the heat, and when it’s hot add the remaining oil and count to 10. 3 Pour in the egg mixture and count to 20. Using a spatula, scrape the outer edges into the centre and move the uncooked centre to the outside. Do this for about 20 seconds, then either place the pan under a grill, bake in an oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 or place a lid on and turn the heat down, and cook until the egg has set completely. Leave to sit for 5 minutes, then invert onto a plate. 1
Preheat the oven to 200°C fan/180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Coarsely grate a third of the caulifower and set aside in a bowl. Break the remaining caulifower into forets, roughly 3cm wide, and add these to a separate bowl with the caulifower leaves, if you have any, and onion. 2 Toss everything together with 2 tbsps of oil and ¼ tsp of salt, then spread out on a large parchment-lined baking tray. Roast for about 20 minutes, until cooked through and golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. 3 Once cool, put the roasted vegetables into a large bowl with the 50ml oil, the grated caulifower and the remaining ingredients, along with ¼ tsp of salt. Toss gently, just to combine, then transfer to a platter and serve. 1
This recipe is taken from Eating Well Everyday by Peter Gordon, published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group, RRP £22. Readers can order a copy for £17 with free UK P&P by calling 01903 828503 and quoting QPG504.
This recipe is taken from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (with photography by Jonathan Lovekin), published by Ebury Press, RRP £25. 42
Photography: Mike English
Photography: Jonathan Lovekin
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PAPPARDELLE WITH ROSE HARISSA, BLACK OLIVES AND CAPERS
SPROUT SCONES A delicious and unusual way to enjoy any unused greens on boxing day (makes 6 average sized scones or 4 large ones)
A speedy, warming pasta dish for a chilly day (serves 4) INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp olive oil rose harissa (45g)
1 large onion, thinly sliced (220g)
INGREDIENTS 80g Brussels sprouts or a generous handful of leafy greens, finely sliced 200g self-raising flour 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda A pinch of salt 50ml milk 2 medium or large eggs
400g cherry tomatoes, halved 55g pitted Kalamata olives, torn in half 20g baby capers 500g dried pappardelle pasta (or another wide, flat pasta) 15g parsley,
120g Greek-style yoghurt
40g cheese, of any variety (optional)
A splash of oil
HOW TO MAKE THE SCONES
Toss the sprouts or greens into a mixing bowl. Add the four, bicarbonate of soda and salt and make a well in the centre. Pour the milk into the well, and crack the eggs on top. Crumble in your cheese here, if using any. 2 Mix well with a wooden spoon until it comes together into a pliable but not too sticky dough. If it sticks unpleasantly to your hands, add a tablespoon of four. If it cracks, add a splash of water. 3 Flour your work surface and tip the dough onto it. Knead briefy, but not for long, as it isn’t a yeast-based dough, so barely needs any handling. Roll it out with a rolling pin or fatten it with your hands to around 2cm thick. Using a cookie cutter, or the top of a glass and a knife, cut scones from the dough to your preferred size. 4 Heat a little oil in a frying pan over medium heat and drop in each round of dough – you may need to cook them in batches. Fry for a few minutes on each side, or until risen and golden. Keep the scones warm while you cook the others until you run out of dough. Serve warm. 1
HOW TO MAKE THE PAPPARDELLE Put the oil into a large sauté pan and place on a medium high heat. Once hot, add the onion and fry for 8 minutes, stirring every once in a while, until soft and caramelised. 2 Add the harissa, tomatoes, olives, capers and ½ tsp of salt and continue to fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes start to break down. Add 200ml of water and stir through. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. 3 Remove the lid of the sauce and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes, until the sauce is thick and rich. Stir in 10g of the parsley and set aside. Meanwhile, fll a large pot with plenty of salted water and place on a high heat. Once boiling, add the pappardelle and cook according to the packet instructions, until al dente. Drain well. 4 Return the pasta to the pot along with the harissa sauce and 8 tsps of salt. Mix together well, then divide between four shallow bowls. Serve hot, with a spoonful of yoghurt and a fnal sprinkle of parsley. 1
This recipe is taken from Cooking On A Bootstrap by Jack Monroe (with photography by Mike English), published by Bluebird, RRP £15.99.
This recipe is taken from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (with photography by Jonathan Lovekin), published by Ebury Press, RRP £25. 43
STICKY TAPE MINI PEGS These cute clips are simple to make but very effective. And we’re sure you’ll think of dozens of ways to use them!
HOW TO MAKE THE PEGS Centre the sticky tape design over the peg. Line up with the edge along the top half of the peg before the wire pin, then stick in place. Trim away the excess tape. 2 Repeat for the bottom segment of the peg below the wire pin, making sure that any pattern on your tape is neatly aligned. 1
Props supplied by The Contemporary Home (www.tch.net) Designed by Claire Watkins
HOW TO MAKE THE CARD HANGER (LEFT) Decide where you want to hang your cards, and cut a length of baker’s twine or string to fit. 2 Clip your Christmas cards to the twine using your decorative pegs. Ensure that you position the hanger well away from candles or an open fire. 1
YOU WILL NEED Decorative sticky tape Sharp scissors or craft knife Mini wooden pegs (approx. 5cm long)
HOW TO MAKE THE PLACE SETTING (BELOW) Cut a piece of card and write your guest’s name on it. 2 Prepare your foliage sprig – we used a variety of greenery including eucalyptus and fir. When you’re happy with the arrangement, tie it together with a piece of rustic twine. 3 Decorate your peg, picking tape colours that match your foliage. Pin the place card to the sprig and arrange on the plate. 1
You could clip envelopes to a string for a quick advent calendar
STARRY SKIES WALL HANGING It’s so easy to create a magical constellation this Christmas – and all out of items that you probably have around the house! HOW TO MAKE THE WALL HANGING
a great way to use your free
Designed by Zoë Williams
YOU WILL NEED White card Wool or string A small branch Your free Simply Christmas cookie cutters PVA glue Paintbrush Scissors or a craft knife Paperclips White pom-poms or felt balls Darning needle
Designed by Amanda Robinson
Use a pencil to draw around the large star cookie cutter twice onto a piece of white card. Cut the two stars out. 2 Repeat step one with a variety of size stars until you’ve cut out 40 pairs of stars. 3 Tie a length of the wool to one end of your driftwood, then tie the other end to the other side, to make the hanging loop. 4 Find a large fat surface and lie the driftwood down near one edge. Now arrange your pairs of stars into six vertical lines beneath the driftwood. Play around until you’re happy with their position. 5 Now for the fun bit! Take a pompom and thread a long length of wool through it using the darning needle. Tie a knot to secure one end under the pom-pom. 6 Lay this wool over a row of stars (with the pom-pom at the bottom) and use PVA glue and a paintbrush to sandwich the wool in between each of the pairs of stars in the row to form a chain of stars with a pom-pom at the bottom. After you glue each pair of stars around the wool, secure each point with a paperclip and leave it to dry for half an hour. 7 Repeat steps 5 and 6 to form six chains of stars. Once the glue is dry, remove the paperclips and tie the tops of the wool to the driftwood. 8 If you want to add extra elements, you can paint or decorate your stars with glitter or add tassels to the bottom of each length of stars.
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