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Most cooks are creatures of habit at Christmas, and none more so than Nigel Slater’s father, whose only contribution to the family table was a bung-it-all-in Christmas casserole. In this festive special, Nigel pays tribute with an updated version bursting with root vegetables.
Other nostalgic recipes include a crunchy slaw strewn with blue cheese and toasted walnuts – the young Nigel always knew it was Christmas when the blue cheese came out – and a majestic trifle made with homemade-mincemeat-studded sponge and a citrus curd.
He also visits Easter Ross in the Highlands for a grand house party.
The cook and food writer celebrates well-loved festive dishes, cooking a sea bass starter, a roast duck feast and a party trifle. In addition to preparing dishes inspired by memories of his family, he gives a makeover to his father's annual contribution to Christmas dinner - a casserole. He also creates a winter slaw inspired by the Slather holiday cheeseboard, and accepts an invitation to venison supper in a Scottish castle, where he invents a new cocktail to toast the special occasion.
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