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Nigella Lawson’s Boxing Day menu

by Elizabeth Young

published on 22 December 2014

Featuring three recipes extracted from her definitive guide to festive cooking, Nigella’s menu covers all of the bases of a successful Boxing Day cook-up, from transformed turkey leftovers and a veg-packed side to an impressive dessert for a crowd.

Ed’s Victorious Turkey Hash

Ed’s Victorious Turkey Hash

This turkey hash recipe, given to me by my friend and agent, Ed Victor, and in charmingly bossy letter form, has been a recurring feature in my books. Why drop it now of all times? Not least, of course, because it is a real winner.

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Nigella Lawson

Christmas Salad

Christmas Salad

This is the salad I bring out time and time again at Christmastime, either to bring a little joy and colour to a quickly gathered together tableful of leftovers, as a side dish when the food really needs no more than a light accompaniment, or even as a starter, so people have something to pick at as I do a little last minute this-or-that.

Prodigious Pavlova

Prodigious Pavlova

This is indeed prodigious: a billowing, regally magnificent mega-meringue, marshmallow within, crisp and almost candied at its sugary edge, dolloped with whipped cream, lychees and passionfruit and drizzled with a vividly red, vibrantly sharp raspberry sauce.

I do think the raspberry sauce (coulis to those who remember the 1980s) makes a difference: I love the note of Christmas that the lucent redness brings, and the way, when you cut into it, you get a streak of winter raspberry ripple.

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