Winter warmers

Danny Parker, executive head chef at Fern, Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle, shares some festive favourite recipes
Pictures: Nicky Gibson

Christmas is all about indulgence, and the food I like to eat at this time of year is rich, hearty and warming. November and December are also the months when I like to sit down and really enjoy the experience of eating with friends and family; a time for generous portions because, well, if you can’t indulge yourself now, when can you?

All three dishes here are favourites of mine, and they mirror the accessible, neighbourhood-style food we enjoy serving at Fern. All three are both enjoyable to eat and enjoyable to cook, packed with flavour, hearty and warming.

I’ve selected these three recipes because they’re perfect for family gatherings or parties, not least because you can make all three in advance, which means you get to relax with your guests rather than slaving in the kitchen.

Add good wine, a fine cheeseboard and egg nog for the grown-ups, and you have all the ingredients you need for a shared festive meal which will warm both body and soul.

Have a wonderful Christmas, and remember, treat yourself!

Celeriac and chestnut soup with turkey croque monsieur

Boeuf Bourguignon with creamy mashed potatoes and festive red cabbage

Spiced bread and butter pudding with crème fraiche

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