Marvellous Mocktails

The Twelve Recipes of Christmas continues with nine ladies dancing…merrily with their mocktails infusing their evening.

We give you: Marvellous Mocktails

Dawn: (Singing away) On the ninth day of Christmas my true Love Food gave to me…

COUGH COUGH CROAK!!! Something tasty to drink after all this merry melody-making and fun-filled dancing!

Andrew: I have just the thing or three!

Dawn: I could empty a Cinderella slipper of more-ish delicious liquid! I’m that parched!

Andrew: How about some alcohol-free cocktails?

Dawn: Ideal! Refreshing and just the thing for our readers who are looking for a healthier option after the indulgences of the season.

Andrew: Something more interesting for our designated drivers, too!

Dawn: So have you had your inventing hat on?

Andrew: Indeed I have! Three varieties for you to sample!

Dawn: Excellent! Can’t wait (perches in a ladylike fashion on a high-backed cocktail bar stool after all the merry dancing and watches Andrew start to mix his magic).

20160102_210233(1)Mango and Ginger Fizz


Stem ginger, peeled and diced into small cubes

Mango juice

Drop of lime cordial


Ice cubes


  • Place a teaspoonful of stem ginger at the bottom of a glass.
  • Half fill the glass with mango juice. Stir well.
  • Add a ‘finger’ of lime cordial. Continue to stir.
  • Add ice if desired. Top with lemonade.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint and a sliver of lime.

20160103_182509Cranberry and Elderflower with a Pomegranate Punch


Elderflower cordial

Cranberry juice

Pomegranate seeds

Sprig of mint

Ice cubes


  • Half fill a glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour in elderflower cordial to about one third of the way up the glass.
  • Add cranberry juice to a little below the top of the glass. Stir well, as the cranberry will sit on top of the elderflower.
  • Sprinkle on 2-3 teaspoons of pomegranate seeds. Some will sink and others will sit on the ice cubes.
  • Serve with a sprig of mint.

20160103_191849Strawberry and Rhubarb with a Rosemary Twist


2 Sticks of rhubarb

12 Strawberries, ripe and juicy

Elderflower cordial

Sparkling water OR lemonade

Sprig of rosemary

Pomegranate seeds

Ice cubes


  • Stew two sticks of rhubarb, cut into 2cm pieces, in a little water and sugar in a pan until tender. Drain, cool then press through a sieve, collecting the juice in a glass below.
  • Press half a dozen very ripe strawberries though a clean sieve, collecting the juice in the same glass.
  • Half fill the glass with crushed ice. Top up with dilute elderflower cordial (1:1 with sparkling water or lemonade).
  • Add a sprig of rosemary, and a few pomegranate seeds for an extra sparkle.

Dawn: Beautiful colours and wonderful textures, too.

Andrew: Refreshing and vibrant; a tasty homemade alternative soft drink combination for the festive season.

Dawn: Congratulations, Andrew! You’ve given Tom Cruise a run for his money, that’s for certain! They are absolutely delicious! More, please, Sir!

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Smoked Mackerel Pate

The Twelve Recipes of Christmas

Dawn: (Singing) On the eighth day of Christmas,

My true Love Food sent to me

Eight maids a-milking…

Andrew: I’m getting quite used to this now!

Dawn: Excellent! I’d hate for you not to be getting into the swing of things!

Andrew: So, eight maids a-milking and what of the Twelve Recipes of Christmas are they bringing, do tell?

Dawn: All will be revealed!

Drum roll, curtains lift to reveal…

Dawn: A deliciously simple smoked mackerel pate recipe…so simple…it’s utterly delish!



Serves 4

400g Smoked mackerel fillets (boneless)

200g soft cheese (low fat version)

1 and a half lemons, freshly squeezed (or bottled juice)

1 anchovy fillet

Salt and pepper to season


  • Remove the skin from the smoked mackerel fillets and any bones that you can see.
  • Put the smoked mackerel, soft cheese, anchovy fillet and lemon juice into a food processor and blitz until the ingreiients are combined.
  • Taste and season. Blitz quickly to mix the seasonings into the mixture.
  • Pot up into four ramekins and serve either with crispbreads, toast or a salad.

IMG_3735Andrew: That is simple – and mmm…delicious (reaches for a second pot of smoked mackerel pate)

Dawn: Thanks. It was a concoction I created wanting something different than turkey at this special time of year.

Andrew: This certainly tastes very special, indeed.

Dawn: And mackerel is packed full of those lovely omega-3 oils that are so good for our metabolism, wellbeing and general health. 

Andrew: Here’s to celebrating this Christmas season with deliciously simple food and drinks that are good for us.

Dawn: I’ll drink to that (clinks glasses of tasty treats yet to come on this blog!)

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Leftover Turkey Caesar Salad

And the Twelve Recipes of Christmas continues with…

Dawn: (singing merrily) On the seventh day of Christmas, my true Love Food gave to me…

Andrew: What, pray tell?

Dawn: On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me seven swans a-swimming…

Andrew: Dawn…

Dawn: Ops! Got carried away for a minute then! I love singing! As you know!

Why, a wee recipe called: Leftover Turkey Caesar Salad!

Andrew: Sounds a great way of using up any leftover turkey.

Dawn: Indeedy! And without further a-do…the recipe!


Serves 2

2 Kos lettuces (seperated and washed)

2 slices of wholemeal bread, crusts cut off and cut into 1cm squares

2 Bacon rashers (smoked or unsmoked)

50-75g Turkey torn into strips

Shavings of Parmesan cheese (or any extra mature cheese)

For the Dressing

50ml fresh cream (single or double) or very low fat natural yoghurt

1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped

2 tbsps olive oil

2tsps Worcester sauce

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

2 anchovy fillets, in olive oil

Salt and pepper to season


  • Add a splash of olive oil to a frying pan and place on a medium heat. Allow the oil to heat up and when hot, toss in the bread squares. Keep stirring them around only they are golden brown in colour all over. Once golden brown, set aside to cool.
  • Next the bacon: either dry fry the rashers in the frying pan making sure you keep an eye on them so they don’t stick or grill them until they are cooked. Once cooked, set aside to cool and when cool, break into bite-size pieces.
  • Put the washed lettuce leaves in a bowl.
  • Next, prepare the dressing by putting all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and give them a quick blitz. Season.

Dawn: If you don’t have a food processor, put all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together by hand.

  • Pour the dressing over the lettuce leaves and toss the bowl so that all the leaves are covered.
  • Now add the turkey and mix with the lettuce.
  • Add the bacon and the bread squares, and the cheese shavings. Season to taste and serve.

Andrew: A simple and effective way of using leftover turkey.

Dawn: Yes, Andrew, and the dressing makes for a really authentic Caesar salad taste.

Andrew: It’s the anchovy fillets that do.And not a raw egg in sight!

Dawn: Very authentic tasting and a great way of kicking off a healthier eating programme if you are looking at watching the scales on 1 January.

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