As it is the start of December I have decided to test out and write up recipes to be used around the Christmas period. They will include starters, different parts of the Christmas day roast, deserts and what to do with your left overs. According to Unilever, every Christmas, British consumers throw away an estimated 2 million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and 5 million Christmas puddings. Click the link below to view a wonderful page by Love Food Hate Waste on how to reduce food waste this Christmas.

http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/node/8599

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Bacon Brussels

Brussel sprouts are the Marmite of the vegetable world. I have always been a hater, but this year I was determined to find a recipe where I would actually enjoy eating a portion. This recipe is not very healthy as they are cooked in butter but it is a very tasty one.

Recipes

500g Brussel sprouts (Cut off the stem end of the Brussel

Sprout and remove any yellowing outer leaves)

4 rashers of bacon (Fat removed)

A large tablespoon of butter

1 shallot (Diced)

1 tsp Ground pepper

1 tsp ground sea salt

Method

In a pan, boil water and add the Brussel sprouts, place on a lid and leave to boil for 5 minutes or until tender. You want them to be slightly soft but with a crunch in the middle. Whilst the Brussel sprouts are boiling, fry off the bacon in a non-stick frying pan, until crispy. Remove the bacon and place the shallots in the pan. Once they soften add the butter. Once the butter has partly melted add the cooked Brussel sprouts, pepper and salt. Cook for 2 minutes and stir regularly. Remove the pan from the heat, place the Brussels and shallots in a sieve to drain the excess butter, then put them back into the pan and add the bacon then stir. Serve with your Christmas dinner.

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