Rose Buttermilk Panna Cotta & Drunken Rhubarb

Overall, Panna Cotta must be one of the best desserts to experiment with! It is a very easy dish to prepare (although it doesn’t look it) and you can make it ahead of time, which is fantastic when you have guests to deal with. It also has a great shelf life – some sources mentioned 10 days, although that sounds a bit optimistic! 😉 It is just so versatile! Once you have found a good base recipe, you can customise it to your taste, either by adding: fruits (passion fruit, strawberry…), flowers (rose, lavender, chamomile…), herbs (basil, rosemary…) or spices (cardamom, cinnamon, star anis…); steep the cream with tea bags (matcha, earl grey…) or exchange the milk with yoghurt, buttermilk or even soft goat cheese – the possibilities are endless!!!

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Smoked Salmon Pâté

Dishes you can prepare in advance are literally life savers during the holiday season or if hosting a dinner party – unfortunately rather the exception at the moment. The beauty of this ‘Smoked Salmon Paté’ is that it works on any occasion: serve it as a canapé on blinis or crackers, a starter or for lunch accompanied by a green salad and some crusty bread. And…it only takes about 5-10 min so what’s not to love?

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Parsnip Thyme Crisps

‘Parsnip Crisps’ are a brilliant festive alternative to the humble potato. Taste wise, parsnips have their unique earthy sweet character – in the past, parsnips were actually used as a sweetener before cane sugar became widely available. That said, they are still highly adaptable as they take on a myriad of flavours: think curried crisps or even flavouring parsnip fries with a powerful ‘Chimichurri‘.

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