An ‘easy does it’ celebration: turkey

Are you a turkey and stuffing kind of family? Perhaps you prefer a juicy roast beef, or need something special for veggie guests this year? Whatever your tradition, we have some tasty suggestions – with a choice of sides and wines to match – to make the main event a big success.

In this first blog, we’ll cover the turkey…

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NOW EXPIRED: Free Kids’ Actimel with your next shop

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Do your little ones fancy trying the new Kids’ Actimel yoghurt drinks? Pop a free six-pack in your next shop and they can give them a whirl.

You can choose from: Strawberry; Strawberry and Raspberry; Strawberry and Vanilla

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Curtains close on the last Daily Brunch with Ocado

Tiny violins please – today is the end of the first series! We’ve laughed – and eaten – a lot, thank you so much for tuning in.

The last recipes from the show are properly festive – a Beef Wellington that’s great as a Boxing Day main course (or Christmas day if you don’t fancy turkey), and a delicious homemade alternative to smoked salmon.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday…

Beef Wellington

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This Beef Wellington is the ultimate Sunday roast or Boxing Day meal. You could even serve it as an alternative to the traditional Christmas turkey. Fillet steak is an expensive cut of meat but it is incredibly luxurious and makes this a really special dish. Simon recommends wrapping the meat in pancakes to soak up the cooking juices and ensure a crisp pastry crust.

  • Serves 8
  • Preparation time: 1 hr
  • Cook time: 40 mins

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In which we pretend we’re BFFs with Simon Rimmer

Doing Daily Brunch with Ocado is basically an elaborate ruse so we can hang out with our favourite chef, Simon Rimmer (and hopefully get him to cook for us). Yep, we’re shameless. But we got you all the inside gossip to make up for it.

You’re welcome, dear reader!

Q How did you get into cooking?

I’ve always been surrounded by food. My Mum and Dad are both good cooks and my Dad’s family are Italian, so we were surrounded by food all of our lives. Professionally, when I was at college and studied Fashion Textile Design, I worked in bars and restaurants like lots of students do and just fell in love with the industry.

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Sunshine flavours on the penultimate Daily Brunch with Ocado

Well the sky is concrete grey outside my office window, but in the Daily Brunch studio there’s spice, mango and lemon to lift the mood. Tomorrow is the last show in the series, so don’t forget to tune in to Channel 4 at 10am! In the meantime…

Blackened Halibut with Mango Chutney

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This Blackened Halibut with Mango Chutney is a delicious fish main course. ‘Blackening’ is a process of dusting the fish with spices and then frying until the spices turn dark. It is a traditional Cajun technique that can be used for lots of fish, including salmon or sea bass. Simon serves the fish with homemade mango chutney for a more luxurious finish.

  • 4
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 40 mins

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Rediscover these foods from your childhood

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Seven-year-old me is doing an excited dance. Retro foods are making a comeback, as shown by a massive surge in sales for classic treats of the Seventies and Eighties, and I’m loving all the nostalgia.

It’s time to sit up straight, elbows off the table, and rediscover the food of your childhood.

1. Angel Delight

Sales of this pudding-in-a-sachet are up 43% on the year to date. Fluffy, sweet, and properly affordable, reach for the milk and get whisking.

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This week’s Wine of the Week is a highly recommended prosecco

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Feeling naughty or nice? Check out Daily Brunch with Ocado

Morning! Today’s recipes go from a virtuous salad, packed with fresh, crunchy veg and a juicy dressing – to a rich, darkly tempting chocolate tart. Come over to the dark side…

Crispy Chickpea Salad

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This chickpea salad is a delicious lunch dish or light dinner. Simon deep-fries the chickpeas to add a deliciously crunchy texture, complementing the juicy baby tomatoes and fresh watercress leaves. He marinates the feta cubes in lime juice for an extra zingy flavor that cuts through the rich saltiness of the cheese.

  • Serves 2-4
  • Preparation time: 5 mins + 20 mins for marinating
  • Cooking time: 2-5 mins

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Guest post: Natoora, “Let Them Eat Kale”

Image of Natoora purple kaleKale is one of the tastiest greens (or purples!) to arrive on British plates each autumn, and in the past few years it has become one of the most talked-about vegetables, often dividing opinion. It is extremely nutritious and full of health-boosting vitamins and minerals; it has a lovely sweet flavour; and it is very versatile in the kitchen, working wonderfully in a wide range of recipes, from smoothies to soups.

When and where

Our purple kale comes from two farms in Cornwall and Lancashire. Grown in the open air, slowly and without excessive watering, it develops tender leaves with no trace of sponginess, and a deep, complex flavour. In season from early autumn to mid-spring, kale grows better and more widely in cooler climates, as the cold temperature keeps its leaves more tender, and the stalks crunchier and sweeter. Continue reading

Flavour Friday on Daily Brunch with Ocado

We’ve got a flavour-packed Friday celebration going on today: crispy polenta served with an intense, tomatoey pesto and Parma ham; and the ultimate veggie burger topped with strong cheddar and a proper burger sauce.

Get started…

Crunchy Polenta with Parma Ham

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This polenta recipe makes a delicious side dish or light meal. Simon serves the polenta squares with a fresh and zingy pesto to offset the creaminess of the polenta and the richness of the Parma ham. He adds extra texture by deep-frying to create a deliciously crunchy crust.

  • Serves 4 – 6
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

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