festive recipes

festive recipes

Christmas comes but once a year, and while I don’t prescribe over-indulgence, it is a chance to truly celebrate the very best of food. My own indulgence is the chance to invest time cooking for family and friends; pottering, preparing, and cooking up a feast with music and chatter around me. Whether you are cooking for a small or large crowd, you’ll find lots of inspiration here – from this festive Smörgåsbord, to lazy brunches including this fiery Shakshuka, silky soups, plenty of vegan options (I need a drumroll for this moreish Nut Loaf), and delicious puds (rejoice in this heavenly Clementine Cake). I wish you all the happiest of healthy Christmases x
Amelia Freer's Quick & Easy Gluten + Diary Free Mince Pies

Quick & Easy Mince Pies

Christmas, as we know, offers an abundance of sweet and sugary foods that can wreck havoc with our blood sugar and health.…

Amelia Freer's Clementine & Olive Oil Christmas Cake - gluten & dairy free

Clementine, Honey & Olive Oil Cake

This deliciously fragrant cake is perfect for the Christmas period with its festive and wintery citrus flavour. It is more…

Smörgåsbord

Smörgåsbord Platter

This festive Smörgåsbord Platter has to be the most exquisite way to serve a crowd a feast of colour, flavour and goodness,…

Nut Roast Served with a Rich Tomato Sauce

This is a lovely wintery nut roast that is wonderful for a Sunday lunch alternative to the meat roast or just a delicious…

Beetroot & Squash Salad with a Hazelnut Dressing

Beetroot & Squash Salad and Hazelnut Dressing

I love the vibrant colours in this hearty autumn salad, which packs a hefty nutritional punch too. The dressing tops it off…

Festive Quinoa Nut Roast with Cranberries by Amelia Freer

Festive Quinoa Nut Roast with Cranberries

I had never made a nut roast before but, ‘oh my’, I am delighted with this one! I don’t often eat quinoa, but it works…

Homemade Chocolates

Making chocolate is easier than you might think and I find it incredibly satisfying to do. There are many sweet little…

Amelia Freer's Christmas Chocolate Truffle Log, gluten & diary free

Chocolate Truffle Log

This is a luxurious rich chocolatey treat with roasted nuts, dried fruits, and a deliciously complex milieu of flavours.…

Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche by Amelia Freer

Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche

The oat and potato crust that I’ve used for this festive quiche may be unusual, but its flavour and texture lend a brilliant…

Brussels Sprouts Cashew Cheese

Brussels Sprouts Cashew Cheese

I try to include recipes for everyone, whatever your dietary preferences, and this is a great take on a classic if you…

Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Toast Canapé

Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Toast Canapé

These are very popular appetisers and look fabulous with their contrasting colours. This is a bit of a Christmas morning…

Zingy Turkey Pâté

Zingy Turkey Pâté

Making pots of healthy pâté to dip crudités into, to spoon generously onto little gem lettuce boats, or to top hearty…

Sprout Slaw

Fragrant Sprout Slaw

Sprouts are in season from September all the way through until February but so many of us only eat them at Christmas.

Root Vegetable Crisps with Herb Salt

Homemade Root Vegetable Crisps, Herb Salt

These homemade root vegetable crisps are easy to make and cost the fraction of the price of commercial alternatives.…

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini & Miso Dipping Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini & Miso Dipping Sauce

Cauliflower contains a variety of nutrients including fibre, and vitamin C - which helps support our immune system. It is…

Asian Crayfish Lettuce Cups

Crayfish Lettuce Cups with Asian Dressing

We are very lucky in the UK as an island to have easy access to fresh shell fish which is not only delicious but is also…

Crisp Apple & Fennel Salad with Turmeric Dressing

Crisp Apple & Fennel Winter Salad with Turmeric Dressing

Salads aren't just for summer! As the seasons change, I continue trying to find ways to include them in my diet. This salad…

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

The rich, sweet and nutty joys of Jerusalem artichoke partner wonderfully with chestnut and celeriac for this puree – it’s…

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

This warm salad is both filling and delicious. Jerusalem artichoke is a little like a potato but more nutty, earthy and…

Wild Rice Purple Salad

Wild Rice Purple Salad

This is a stunning winter grain salad with nutty wild rice. If the bitter radicchio or chicory are hard to find, red cabbage…

Vegan Squash, Mushroom and Swiss Chard Lasagne: Perfect plant based comfort food recipe by Amelia Freer

Squash, Mushroom & Swiss Chard ‘Lasagne’

I have always found both the preparation and eating of a bubbling tray of lasagne a comforting activity. There is something…

Prawn, Sesame & Ginger ‘Gyoza’ in Cabbage Wrapper

Prawn, Sesame & Ginger ‘Gyoza’ in Cabbage Wrapper

I love Japanese steamed gyoza, and discovered that cabbage leaves make the perfect easy wrappers.

Turkey & Pumpkin Chilli by Amelia Freer

Turkey & Pumpkin Chilli

This is an autumn favourite of mine and something I make year after year. Kids love it, too, and it’s full to the brim with…

Oysters 3-Ways by Amelia Freer

Oysters 3-Ways

Oysters come into season from September onwards and are not only nutritious but are also good for the environment. Oyster…

Mushroom, thyme and walnut soup by Amelia Freer

Mushroom & Thyme Soup

Soups always provide comfort year round but particularly in Autumn and Winter when we feel the cold. Mushrooms fortunately…

Easy Beef Curry by Amelia Freer

Amelia’s Beef Curry

This is so easy to make and feels like a really delicious hearty meal – great for sharing with friends and family. You don’t…

Turkey Meatball Tacos, by Amelia Freer (gluten Free)

Turkey Meatball Tacos

Turkey works wonderfully well in these meatballs, which lend themselves perfectly to sharing: lay all the parts out and…

Asian Salmon Burgers by Amelia Freer

Asian Salmon Burgers

These salmon burgers are zingy and tangy with Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, which help to maintain our health and…

Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb with Creamy Cannellini Beans

Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb with Creamy Cannellini Beans

If you are looking for inspiration for a Sunday lunch fit for spring or Easter, look no further. This is a super way to cook…

Amelia Freeer's Buckwheat Breakfast Pancakes with Stewed Blackberries

Buckwheat Breakfast Pancakes

Buckwheat contains both fibre and protein and is naturally gluten free. I love stewed blackberries in autumn but these…

Chocolate & Orange Chia Pudding, Amelia Freer - Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free

Chocolate Mousse

Despite being gluten-free & dairy-free, no one needs to know. This is a slightly healthier take on a classic but tastes just…

Carrot & Caraway Gluten-Free Bread

Carrot & Caraway Gluten-Free Bread

This is a sumptuous and festive loaf, perfect for Christmas platters and sharing with family and friends. But I love it so…

Amelia Freer's Jerusalem Artichoke, Sage & Hazelnut Soup - Autumn Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke & Hazelnut Soup

The rich, sweet and nutty joys of Jerusalem artichoke partner wonderfully with chestnut and celeriac for this puree – it’s…

Amelia Freer's Green Curry Turkey Soup

Green Turkey Curry Soup

This is the ideal post-Christmas dish, using up lots of leftovers, and a great warming soup for serving after long, bracing…

Shakshuka using leftover vegetables

Shakshuka using leftover vegetables

The smoky heat of a shakshuka brings wonderful flavour to leftover vegetables. Here, I used chestnuts, crunchy red cabbage,…

Brunch Vegetable Fritters

Brunch Vegetable Fritters

I absolutely love fritters and think they can work for any time of day but they do make the ideal quick, lazy…

Beetroot and parsnip fritters

Beetroot & Parsnip Fritters

Beetroot and Parsnips are abundant during the winter months and are two of my favourite root vegetables.  Naturally both are…

Beetroot, Rosemary and Walnut Soda Bread

Beetroot, Rosemary and Walnut Soda Bread

This is a different way to use beetroot and I think it’s pretty lovely to see a pink loaf of bread. Beetroots offer vitamins…

Gluten Free Chewy Chocolate, Almond & Cranberry Brownies, Amelia Freer

Chewy Chocolate, Almond & Cranberry Brownies

I definitely advocate a little of something you love every so often and that doesn’t mean it has to be healthy. But these…

Amelia Freer's Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnuts

Chocolate & Orange Chia Pudding

A chocolate pudding that contains omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, is a complete source of protein with all the…

Chocolate Covered Fruit & Nuts

Chocolate Covered Fruit & Nuts

There is something quite childlike about dipping nuts and fruit segments into melted chocolate and I look forward to doing…

Spiced Apple Sauce

Having any stewed fruit to hand is a useful way to jazz up yoghurt, bircher muesli or granola at breakfast but it can also…

Decadent Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

This chocolate caramels are decadent and truly delectable and a couple of these will definitely delight your tastebuds.