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Nigella's Christmas Kitchen
– The Big Freeze
Ep 1/5
Monday 15 December
8.30-9.00pm
BBC TWO
Feature

     

Nigella Lawson takes the stress out of Christmas cooking
Nigella Lawson takes the
stress out of Christmas cooking

Nigella Lawson returns to BBC Two this December with a special week of programmes to help viewers cook up the perfect Christmas.

 

Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, a five-part series comprising three new programmes and two from the hit 2006 series of the same name, sees the passionate chef lay out her philosophy for not only coping with, but also actively enjoying, cooking at Christmas.

 

Revealing her culinary secrets guaranteed to make the Christmas period a success, the series includes: tips on starting early, with delicious homemade dishes that can be stored in the freezer; avoiding the shops and making food-based festive presents; short-cut tips on how to add a Yule-tide edge to an everyday recipe; stress-free, pre-Christmas entertaining; and, finally, getting the all-important Christmas dinner just right.

 

In the first programme, Nigella demonstrates how the freezer can help cooks through the festive season. Abandoning the shops this year in a bid to rediscover a few lost traditions and flavours, Nigella makes her favourite mince pies in bulk and freezes them a week ahead of the big day. Her suet-free mincemeat reminds her of what these little pies should really taste like.

 

Nigella also demonstrates some stress-free, freezable suppers to help make the season go smoothly. Lamb tagine with dates and pomegranates forms part of a Three Kings Eastern Supper for guests and sets the tone in the run-up to Christmas.

 

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Nigella's Christmas Kitchen –
The Stocking Filler
Ep 2/5
Tuesday 16 December
8.30-9.00pm
BBC TWO
Feature

       

Nigella Lawson continues her week of programmes to help prepare viewers for the perfect Christmas and, in tonight's episode, she dodges the shops and makes some Christmas gifts she would be happy to receive herself.

 

Nigella shows viewers how to make these food-based gifts, including Italian bonbons and chilli jam. A pre-Christmas brunch is also on the menu, featuring an espresso martini, triple-cheese-and-onion strata, a glazed and toasted vanilla cake "brioche" and Nigella's own antioxidant-packed Christmas fruit salad.

 

But Nigella's virtue lasts about as long as the martinis and her day ends in front of a fire with a comforting plate of fully loaded potato skins.

 

Nigella's Christmas Kitchen is a five-part Christmas series comprising three new programmes and two from the hit 2006 series of the same name.

 

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Nigella's Christmas Kitchen –
Short and Sweet
Ep 3/5
Wednesday 17 December
8.30-9.00pm
BBC TWO
Feature

       

Nigella takes a trip to Paris in the third programme of her series aimed at taking the stress out of preparing the perfect Christmas feast. She explores the chocolate haven of this famous city and, armed with inspiration, demonstrates a few rich, sweet recipes, including a chocolate rocky road and her favourite Christmas pavlova.

 

"Chocolate and Christmas are a marriage made in heaven," says Nigella. "My Christmas rocky road has none of the delicate sophistication of French fancies but, in the league table of the wages of sin, it scores highly!"

 

Like a bow on a parcel or a star on a tree, Nigella has a series of short-cuts and culinary tips that will transform the familiar Sunday rib of beef into a Christmas treat. Also on the menu are a Thai beef salad, a poinsettia cocktail (bringing together Prosecco, Grand Marnier and cranberry juice) and a winter spiced vodka.

 

Nigella's Christmas Kitchen is a five-part Christmas series comprising three new programmes and two from the hit 2006 series of the same name.

 

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Nigella's Christmas Kitchen – Come On Over! Ep 4/5
Thursday 18 December
8.00-8.30pm
BBC TWO
(Schedule addition 26 November)
Feature

 

Nigella Lawson is never happier than when in a kitchen made tropical by the heat of an oven. However, the idea of icing a cake or mixing a Christmas pudding, months in advance, is not something she subscribes to. Nigella's last-minute chocolate Christmas cake is a revelation. So, too, is her aromatic Christmas ham, perfect as a must-have standby when unexpected guests drop in.

 

Catering for large numbers of hungry people is a Christmas challenge and Nigella illustrates just how to serve canapés properly, with a guide to the essential dos and don'ts and some fantastic recipes, including party Parma ham bundles; bourbon-glazed ribs; crab crostini; and chocolate peanut butter cups.

 

This episode of Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen is a reversion of programmes one and two from her 2006 series of the same name.

 

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Nigella's Christmas Kitchen –
There's Life In The Old Bird Yet
Ep 5/5
Thursday 18 December
8.30-9.00pm
BBC TWO
(Schedule addition 26 November)
Feature

       

In the finale of her Christmas Kitchen series, Nigella Lawson tackles the turkey. Even though it's hard to cook to perfection, Nigella has an affection for the big bird and, in her mind, there really is no alternative for a traditional Christmas lunch – the key is serving a turkey that does not disappoint.

 

Nigella's spiced and super juicy roast turkey is a bird bursting with flavour like no other and certainly fits the bill. To accompany the main attraction are chestnut and pancetta sprouts, gingerbread stuffing, maple roast parsnips, roast potatoes and her mother's bread sauce, all finished off with Fanny Cradock's vodka-flamed Christmas pudding.

 

This episode of Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen is a repeat programme from her 2006 series of the same name.

 

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