Twixmas Food Ideas

Twixmas Food Ideas

Twixmas Food Ideas – Despite the fact that we are living through nightmare times and most of us are missing seeing family members and friends this Christmas, we can still look forward to 2021.  A new year: new vaccines and – hopefully – new freedoms, and with any luck, another much-needed, proverbial ‘shot in the arm’ for our poor independent retail and hospitality industries.  And we have Dry January and Veganuary to kick start the year – more of those later!

But first, here’s something for those in-between ‘Twixmas’ days when we have had our fill of rich food for a while, before another feast at New Year. This is an easy and tasty idea from Opie’s for using up leftover Christmas turkey that a lot of us will have, especially now that plans for sharing our feast have sadly been wrecked…

Turkey Casserole

Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes


8 Opies Pickled Walnuts, halved

50g Butter

50ml Oil

2 Onions, sliced

250g Lardons

25g Flour

650g Cooked turkey, shredded

200g Carrots, sliced

700ml Chicken Stock

250ml White Wine

Salt and Black Pepper

100g Frozen Peas


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

Heat the butter and oil in a shallow pan. Add the onions and lardons, fry until the onions have softened and the lardons have browned. 

Place in a casserole dish together with the turkey, walnuts and carrots. 

Stir in the flour well and pour over the stock and wine. Season to taste.

Cover tightly and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and stir in the frozen peas. Re-cover and return to the oven for 10 minutes.

Serve immediately with delicious, crispy and buttered jacket potatoes.

Hints and tips: Swap cooked turkey for leftover roast chicken. 

Where to Buy:  Opies’ Pickled Walnuts are available from most major supermarkets from £2.75.

Fizz to add Sparkle to a fresh New Year

Prosecco DOC Rosé Millesimato 2019

Pop those corks, there’s a celebration to be had, finally! The much-awaited Prosecco DOC Rosé Millesimato 2019 has arrived in the UK and you’re officially allowed to be happy about it. It’s a great addition the UK wine scene and available to buy at a number of UK supermarkets, as well as having tremendous uptake in the UK hospitality scene, which we’ll all be able to enjoy again I hope, post-lockdown. After several years of development and consultation, the Italian government approved production of the Prosecco DOC Rosé wines in August, and the EU approved the new, sparkling, wines at the end of October this year.

With a brilliant rose hue and bubbles that dance in the glass, the flavour of Prosecco DOC Rosé retains the freshness associated with Prosecco DOC wines. It’s floral and fruity on the nose, with notes of cherry blossom, wild berries, strawberries and roses. An elegant balance of sweetness and acidity makes it fresh, clean and lovely to drink. Great with food, it is ideal as an aperitif, and also pairs well with fish dishes, cheeses, and charcuterie. Widely available, from Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and most supermarkets it’s good value for money and allows us to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021 with rose tinted glasses!

Maison de la Rougerie Crémant Blanc Brut

And, if rosé isn’t to your liking, I would urge you to try another sparkling – one that is relatively unknown, but very delicious and also excellent value:  Maison de la Rougerie Crémant Blanc Brut Sémillon, Muscadelle £8.75 from Iceland (supermarket, not the country!)  This sparkling Bordeaux is a perfect aperitif or can be paired with a rich savoury starter such as a warm wild mushroom tartlet.  It’s fresh and bright with flavours of green apple, blossom and brioche, with a fine attractive mousse.  Perfect for a New Year toast!

The Seasoned Gastronome

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