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#21 Wed 08 Nov 06 6:23pm


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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...

Dave, I've seemed to have missed your recent move.  Where are you?  I'm dying to know.  big_smile


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#22 Wed 08 Nov 06 10:20pm


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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...

I think I will use the Italian and Chestnut stuffing this year, thanks!

My turkey never turns out how I would like it to so I get my butcher to de-bone the thighs, drumsticks and breast, although I did leave the breasts on one year... After preparing my stuffing I lay the dark meat on a large flexible cutting board overlapping and flatten it somewhat so its in a nice large oblong shape. I add some s&p and add the stuffing in the middle, not tons as you have to roll it! Depending how large your turkey is obviously the more you can add. Roll fairly tightly and secure with a scewer, then I tie it off and remove the scewer. You can always wrap it up in foil and put it in the freezer till somewhat frozen and then it's much easier to tie, for me anyways! I do the same with the white meat. After cooking, let rest and cover with foil. Slice with a large serated knife and place on a platter. I like to dress mine up a bit with fuits or something festive. Everytime I make turkey this way, there are no left overs!

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#23 Wed 08 Nov 06 10:37pm

Dave Barker

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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...

Hi Steph, Anna and Ann.

I have been working at Fifteen London with the guys in the kitchen. The food there is awesome!  the produce is fantastic, the chefs are a great team who are all so knowledgeable about what they do, and the trainees are so thirsty for knowledge its realy unbelievable what they are doing there. I can't say enough good things about the whole place, the food or the people there...

Anna, I have been thinking about your Christmas Beef roast,

Make it special, Splash the cash, buy a rib roast on the bone, king of the roast beef.

I was thinking about mustard crust etc, but why bother messing around with a brilliant well hung, piece of meat???

Good beef should taste of beef right?

You can Christmas-up the rest of the flavours in the rest of the dish though!

Add a couple of big spoons of strong, english mustard to your yorkshire pudding batter.

Add a nice big grating of fresh horseradish to mash potatoes.

the honeyed parsnips, nice idea with the maple syrup by the way!

rosemary garlic roast pots.

There are a load of flavoured butters that add tons of flavour to steamed veg that I used last xmas, some ideas borrowed from Jamie! I will post them soon...

Its just a case of taking a brilliant meal, Roast beef with the trimmings, and making it a bit more funky using herbs, citrus, anything that adds flavour, texture and gives the dish that wow factor...

Your guests have probably eaten loads of roast beef dinners in the past. The trick to it is make yours the one they remember!!!!

I have a great recipie from one of my old chef mates Nobby... I will post it later tonight...

All the best guys

Dave Barker

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#24 Wed 08 Nov 06 11:28pm


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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...

I posted this one last Christmas.

White Christmas.

1 ½ cups Rice Bubbles.
1 cup powdered milk.
1 cup icing sugar.
1 cup dessicated coconut.
1/3 cup chopped glace cherries.
1/3 cup chopped green glace cherries.
1/3 cup sultanas.
250 grams white vegetable shortening ( Copha).

Line the base and sides of a shallow 28 x 18 cm tin with foil.
Combine the Rice Bubbles, powdered milk, sugar, coconut and fruit in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre.
Melt the shortening over a low heat. Cool slightly, then stir into the dry ingredients.
Spoon into the tin and smooth the surface. Chill for 30 minutes, or until set. Cut into pieces to serve. Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to ten days. (If it lasts that long)

OR place in a nice box or tin wrapped with a ribbon and give as a present.

Hi Dave,
Thanks for all the recipe ideas. The roast beef sounds really good to me.

Shammy smile

P.S. How is the herb garden?

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#25 Thu 09 Nov 06 1:39am

Dave Barker

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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...

Hi Shammy,

The herbs garden has gone from strength to strength all summer! and has now been tidied up for the winter. still supplying me with great fresh flat leaf parsley, bay, rosemary,wild garlic, thyme, everything else has died right back... I am looking forward to the spring so that I can see it all come alive again... I miss my basil, that went beserk and took over nearly a third of the bed...

Still, managed to stock up well on fresh pesto to last me through the winter months. The tomatoes turned out really well too. We plan to extend it next spring and plant more veg and loads of new herbs now that the raised beds are in and we know that stuff thrives in my wicked soil mix and the drainage is all good too!

Anna, Here is my mates Christmas beef recipie,



1 bone-in rib of beef 2.25 - 3.2 kg (5 to 7 lb) make sure its hung for at least 21 days, 28 is even better!

half a teaspoon of plain flour
half a teaspoon of english mustard powder
half a teaspoon of dijon mustard
75ml good port
fresh beef stock


3 onions, peeled and quartered
3 red onions, peeled and quartered
3 tablespoons of good extra virgin oil
1 tablespoon of light Muscovado sugar
1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar


Bring the meat to room temp, and pre heat your oven to 240oc / gas 9.

Heat a good quality roasting tray over the hob and sear the meat on all sides to seal in the juices.

Place the rib, fat side up in the tray. Sift the flour and mustard powder together and dust it over the fat.

Roast the joint on this realy high heat to give it a good sizzle for 30 mins or so.

then turn the heat down to 200oc / gas 6 and cook for further 15 mins per 450g (1lb) for medium, 12 mins for med rare, don't forget to baste the joint every 20-30 mins.


Place all onions in a bowl,pour over oil,season and toss well...

Arrange on one single layer in the bottom of a large roasting tray.

When there is only 40 mins left of roasting timeplace the onion dish in the ovenand roast for 20 mins.

Then stir in the sugar and balsamic and return to the oven.

cook for 30 mins til gold and caramelised, sticky and sweet / sour....

When the beef is done, remove from the oven, cover with foil and let the little beauty rest on a serving platter....

Skim fat from the top of the roasting juices and then place the tray over direct heat and add the port and heat gently.

de-glaze the pan and reduce down.

Stir in the dijon mustard and beef stock and simmer for a while.

check and season if needed.

add the resting juices from the beef.

Carve the beef, serve with the balsamic onions, and a nice big dollop of horseradish mash and the beautiful, rich port gravy...

Hope this helps mate

All the best

Dave B

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#26 Thu 09 Nov 06 3:51am


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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...

Dave...some very good input there...I can't choose which one I want to do!
Oh well...choices choices....think I'll go with yours the idea of leaving the beef to taste as beef while poshing up the rest of the sides!

Anna...home made vanilla and chilli vodka eh....mmmm!!!

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#27 Thu 09 Nov 06 4:58am


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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...


you little minger...Can I please please please have the recipe for that vanilla and chilli vodka thing? whistle


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#28 Thu 09 Nov 06 11:43am

Dave Barker

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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...

Hi again guys,

up until last year my xmas veg was, it has to be said a little bit boring.

I had already started to steam softer veg, so that they retained their colour and flavor, so that was a start. veg that tasted like veg, not boiled to b.uggery cool

Steaming veg is also wicked for xmas day because you can plonk them all on one hob ring...job done!, half the amount of pots and pans to wash up too... cool eh?

Then last year I grabbed a copy of Jamies Christmas, on that DVD was some brilliant ideas on putting flavoured butter with veg to add flavour to what could be a pit of plain old veg, don't get me wrong, I like carrot to taste of carrot etc... but jazzing it all up a bit for xmas seems like a cool idea to me. When someone eats a carrot its cool for them to have underlying flavours that compliment the humble carrot...subtle buttery flavours of cumin, thyme, orange zest...awesome, like I said, it gives your veg that wow factor cool

Her are some flavors that I used on my veg last Christmas:


PEAS...lemon juice and zest,and seasoning
BROCOLLI...chopped rosemary, anchovy, seasoning
CARROTS...cumin seeds, thyme, orange zest, seasoning
BABY TURNIPS...chilli, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, seasoning
BRUSSELS...bacon,sage and chestnut,

These are sooo easy to make, you can make them now and freeze them ready for the big day then just stir a nob of butter into your hot, steamed veg just before serving them.If there are any left overs you can use them served with jacket pots, or great on steaks.

you can make them in a blender, simply bung it all in, blitz then wrap tightly in clingfilm and freeze.

I made mine in a large pestle and mortar last year...

the only one that needs any special treatment is the bacon one for the brussels, fry the bacon first til crispy add the chestnuts, then finely chop, let it go cold before adding it to the butter or you will end up with a melted mess whistle

See you all later


Give them a go, they will transform your veg!

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#29 Thu 09 Nov 06 2:31pm


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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen...

Dave,  I'm thrilled for you working at Fifteen!!!  Your recipes are truly inspiring me.  My mouth is watering.   big_smile

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#30 Thu 09 Nov 06 3:15pm


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Re: Dave Barkers Christmas Kitchen... inspire me more and more everytime I read your posts,would never have thought of that....thanks mate!

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