CHRISTMAS MINCEMEAT Makes 5 to 6 x 12oz jars 450g apples, grated (cooking or eating apples) 180g Grierson's organic beef suet
, minced 225g sultanas 225g currants 225g raisins 110g candied peel 115g dried cranberries 3 lemons, zest and juice 4 tsp mixed spice 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp grated nutmeg 6 tbsp whisky 1.
Gordon's Luxury Mince Meat is made to a traditional recipe containing all the usual fruit ingredients plus a palm suet (which replaces the usual beef suet
), making it suitable for vegetarians.
He developed a haggis for export without beef suet
to beat the EU ban.
According to sales data from retail analysts TNS over the last 12 weeks: bread flour sales were up by 11%, self-raising flour by 6%, caster sugar by 12%, treacle by 55%, beef suet
by 17% and sweet mincemeat up 8%.
Putting out grated lamb or beef suet
may attract the greater spotted woodpeckers and tinned cat or dog food is ideal, cheap and nutritious as is cooked potatoes and cooked brown or white rice all loved by starlings.
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNERRoast turkey - massaged with butter with streaky bacon draped over the turkey, cocktail sausages on the side, and stuffed with sausage meat Roast potatoes and parsnips - roasted with vegetable oil Broccoli, carrots, cranberry sauce and meat gravy Christmas pudding made with beef suet
and brandy butter Mince pies with cream Stilton from cheese board with crackers
Dumplings: 8oz plain flour 1/2oz of baking powder Pinch of salt 4oz beef suet
1e4 pint of water 1 spoon of horseradish (tbsp)
APut 200g beef suet
, 200g raisins, 200g currants, 200g grated apple, 100g sultanas, 80g soft brown sugar, 60g mixed peel, 4 pinches ground cinnamon, 4 pinches grated nutmeg, 4 cloves and the finely grated zest of 4 lemons in a large bowl and combine.
That's because age- old recipes use beef suet
rather than inferior substitutes.
Europe has banned all British beef because of the BSE scare and, since haggis is made with beef suet
, all expatriate Scots looked like being denied their traditional feast.
Expert Jonathan Findlay, who promotes Scots fare in France, made sure the normal beef suet
content in haggis did not pose a problem.
For ground meat and sausage, pork fat or beef suet