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COOKERY: Nigella's Christmas Kitchen
BBC2, 3 episodes - 30 minutes each
6 December 2006, 13 December 2006 & 20 December 2006
For Domestic Goddess Nigella Lawson Christmas represents everything that she loves, food, entertaining, home and family and across this three-part seasonal special Nigella brings to viewers some very special (and fun) Christmas recipes.
As always Nigella's mantra is that cooking should be fun, if it becomes stressful then you're not doing it right. Christmas is a great excuse to potter about in the kitchen, to slow down, take cover from the frenzy of the holiday season and realise how comforting it can be to cook.
In these three Christmas programmes Nigella lays out her philosophy for not only coping with but actively enjoying cooking during the festive season.
In the first programme, Nigella helps us to deal with pre-Christmas entertaining, in programme two we do some Christmas baking, including the recipes that have dropped off the Christmas list and the traditional Christmas dinner. And in the final programme Nigella delivers her method of cooking a turkey guaranteed not to disappoint.
In the second programme, she shows how to deal with large numbers of hungry people invading one's home, with a guide to making canapes, spicy mini ribs and crab cakes. For a girls'get together dinner party she cooks cinnamon-rubbed poussin with a scented couscous baubled with pomegranate seeds.
And in the third programme, she shows how to make the perfect Christmas dinner, and in her mind there is no alternative to turkey. To go with super-spiced juicy roast turkey are pancetta and chestnut sprouts, gingerbread stuffing, maple syrup parsnips and vodka-flamed Christmas pudding.
The series also includes an element of travel providing inspiration for the recipes. A trip to a Salzburg Christmas market will be the inspiration for cinnamon biscuits, Christmas stollen and a brandy-infused hot chocolate.
"Christmas food is the best sort of food because it's about proper, unpretentious home cooking. Feasting isn't about formality: it's about providing friends and family with good things to eat." --Nigella Lawson
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