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.
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.
Butcher Andrew Tulloch, of Paisley, said Europe had banned haggis because it contains beef suet
For ground meat and sausage, pork fat or beef suet
2 FOR THE PASTRY 150g self-raising flour, 75g beef suet
, a good pinch of thyme, a couple of tablespoons of cold water (no more than 100ml), 1 egg, beaten 3 METHOD Preheat oven to 150c.
BOIL a fresh beef tongue two hours, and skin it; mince it very fine; to one pound of this meat put one pound and a half of beef suet
, two pounds of currants, one pound of raisins chopt [sic] a little, six apples chopt [sic] very fine, and as much sugar as will sweeten it to your taste; add one pound of citron and orange peel, a quarter of an ounce of cinnamon, cloves, and mace, mix together and one gill of brandy, and one pint of sweet wine - put it in a mug, and cover it over with paper.
Herby dumplings (serves 6) Ingredients: 100g self-raising flour, large pinch baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 50g shredded beef suet
, leaves from 2 sprigs thyme, approx.