If you have a spare couple of hours this weekend in between the last minute shopping, have a go at making your own mince pies from scratch with this fab mincemeat recipe from James Martin. I made it last year but had a nice surprise last week when I realised there were a couple of jars hiding in the back of the cupboard. This Lorraine Pascale recipe for sweet shortcrust pastry is so easy (just bung it in the food processor if you don't want to get your hot mitts involved) and really short and buttery. The recipe made about 50 mini mince pies.
If you have cabbage and roast potatoes/parsnips/carrots leftover after Christmas, jazz them up with bacon, wine and a bit of butter and thyme. Alternatively this makes a perfect side dish for the main event.
There are some great tips and recipes here from Masterchef contestant, Thomasina Miers. Cointreau chocolate truffles, grapefruit and tequila cured salmon, and a tender smoked ham make a pretty special end to the year.
If you're anything like my family then sausage rolls are a big fat must at Christmas. I made these for a party last weekend and they were so tasty - crisp puff pastry, a spicy kick from the harissa, sweetness from the peppers and salty, delicious savouriness from the saus. They have Boxing Day written all over them.
Again Felicity Cloake comes through with a fantastic recipe: this time mulled wine. You first make a syrup which will keep for ages so you can make it in advance for your festive party. Fruity, spicy and a secret dose of ginger wine to up the booze factor. It is good.