Pear and blue cheese tart with walnut pastry - A lovely vegetarian main for your Christmas dinner or a dish to add another element to a Boxing Day buffet. Shop-bought shortcrust pastry makes life easy and is given a clever twist with added walnuts. You can use up any leftover blue cheese for the wintery pear and blue cheese filling
Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese: This has many strings to its bow: it serves as a vegetarian alternative to the Christmas turkey; it gussies up a plate of cold leftover turkey; it adds the right balance of mellow warmth and tang to any plain wintry dish; it is a good whole meal on days when you just feel fleshed-out.
Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova: You just cannot beat a pav for a summer Christmas, and in particular this dark beauty. The crisp and chewy chocolate meringue base, rich in cocoa and beaded nuggets of chopped plain chocolate, provides a sombre, almost purple-brown layer beneath the fat whiteness of the cream and matt, glowering crimson raspberries on top: it is a killer combination.
This festive wreath â a combination of tasty chestnuts, moist grated apple and fresh tangy cranberries with a cheesy centre and a golden pastry decoration â form the perfect Christmas meal. Itâs surprisingly easy to make and can be prepared a day ahead. Plus, itâs easily transported if your visiting friends â just pop it in the oven 40 or so minutes before youâre ready to eat.