Lamb stew with chestnuts served over creamy polenta

Lamb Stew with Chestnuts, Mushrooms, Cranberries and Polenta

Special enough to serve at a dinner party, yet homey and comforting for a family night in, this lamb stew with chestnuts and cranberries is a favourite dish. Served over creamy polenta, and enhanced with mushrooms, pearl onions and a little tomato, it’s a comforting dish with sophistication. To save time, and also to avoid…

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The Heartbreak Cookie: Linzer Hearts

The Heartbreak Cookie: Linzer Hearts

Slightly softened by their raspberry filling, fragrant with hazelnuts and a touch of cinnamon, Linzer cookies are a special treat. However, these pretty little cookies can be a real pain to make. The dough can be sticky and difficult to handle when you are after perfect scalloped edges and crisp center cutouts. I seem to…

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Hearty pork goulasch with sauerkraut

Sock-it-to-me Sauerkraut Goulash with Bread Dumplings

Spicy, fermented goodness with simple, old-country heritage, this dish dates back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its actual name is Szégediner Gulasch, but growing up no one could pronounce the name properly, so it came to be known as “Sock-it-to-me Goulash.” This recipe was passed down to me from Grandma and it remains a family favourite….

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