I don’t get excited about Christmas presents, I don’t really mind if anyone buys me anything if I’m honest. I’d much prefer a houseful of guests, sitting around my dinner table with full tummies and smiles on their faces. Because for me, Christmas is about spending time with friends and family, clinking glasses and sharing a delicious meal.
It’s also a time to showcase my recipes and demonstrate my love of food. And I really have a lot of love for food, especially the not-so-humble potato.
I start to plan my Christmas day menu weeks in advance, we’re vegetarian so I really do put a lot of effort into making the vegetables extra special. Roast potatoes are a must, of course, but I also like to do a couple of alternative potatoes dishes. Hasselback potatoes take me back to when I was young and my parents would make a roast, we’d each get one Hasselback potato nestled amongst the crispy roasts. My mum would roast them in butter, garlic stuffed into the crevices. I’ve altered the recipe by adding fragrant rosemary instead of garlic and finishing the dish with a drizzle of honey, topping it all off with oozing gorgonzola.