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Prep your chestnuts, a tip from the Blake & Bull community

At Blake & Bull, we are big advocates of ticking off the bulk of your Christmas day cooking list in advance! It leaves far more time for moments with your loved ones, or let's face it, a quiet break in your favourite chair with a glass of port! Thank you to Hilary, who generously shared her top nutty tip!

"I boil ours in salted water, then I peel them removing all the inner peel ( it’s bitter) leaving them as whole as possible. Pop them in a bowl with a few knobs of butter, salt and pepper, then place in the bottom oven to keep warm on Christmas Day & serve with the main meal. It’s not a proper Christmas dinner without them and so nice the day after with cold leftovers, and all the pickles! Can’t wait. Already done the chestnuts, in the freezer waiting." 

Good work Hilary! 

Remember you can always substitute the butter with a vegan alternative, treat yourself to a knock out olive oil!

After all that good work why not try this recipe for a nut roast? It had my mouth watering, and I think will work well as a side 'stuffing' dish as well as being celebrated as a centrepiece for the main meal! You will need 150g of nuts prepped as above. 

More Christmas tips from us at Blake & Bull, and our lovely community here..

Katy Boys

Katy Boys

Katy is a rural girl at heart. She loves long walks, home cooking, paddling in rivers, warm fires and socks and stomping in leaves with her children. After studying ‘drawing stuff’ at university in Bath, Katy spent 10 years selling wares and managing folk at Habitat in Bath. Welcoming children into her world prompted her to return to drawing things, people and places from home. This led her to us at Blake & Bull and the rest is history. She draws our stuff, provides cuddles for the office dog, and is here to chat to you lovely lot.