Anya von Bremzen – Potato Soup with Fried Almonds

Anya von Bremzen – Potato Soup with Fried Almonds

Ruggedly handsome and mysterious, this is a potato soup that leaves the cock-a-leekies and chowders of the world to quietly play cards, while it goes traveling solo through Andalucia on a moped. Food52er EmilyC, who tipped us off to this recipe, said, “It’s the most beguiling, delicious potato soup I’ve ever made or eaten.” Luisa Weiss of The Wednesday Chef called it the sexiest. Ladle it up, pass it around, and let winter’s shackles fall away.

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PUMPKIN PIE PARFAIT With COCONUT WHIP

PUMPKIN PIE PARFAIT With COCONUT WHIP

This frosty parfait contains layers of thick and luxurious pumpkin pie smoothie, fluffy coconut cream, and crunchy granola. Cinnamon stick optional! This decadent breakfast/dessert/snack is loaded with vitamin A, iron, and fibre! Total time is for blending and assembling the parfait, it doesn’t include extra time for freezing pumpkin.

Alice Hart – Kale And Cheese Tart

Alice Hart – Kale And Cheese Tart

This savoury tart makes the most of the kale’s mineral notes with toasted almonds, lemon zest, capers and plenty of pecorino. It’s lovely warm with buttery potatoes, or works well cold with a crisp salad.

Blue Cheese Canapés with Pears and Pecan

Blue Cheese Canapés with Pears and Pecan

Make sure these tasty canapés are in your armoury over the festive season. Easily prepared in advance they can be whipped out to impress last minute guests. There are so many great drinks occasions in December that it’s good to have a few simple finger-food recipes at hand. These vegetarian bites are always a crowd pleaser and go especially well with a glass of bubbly. I like to prepare the filo bites in advance so that I only have to reheat them once my guests arrive. Any leftovers can easily be frozen, which really comes in handy when unexpected guests arrive.