Easy canapes for Christmas

These easy canapes for Christmas are bite-sized morsels, perfect for the festive season. Party pleasers for all!

Figs with gorgonzola and walnutsFig with gorgonzola and walnut

10 minutes. Makes 24. Easy

  • gorgonzola 50g
  • figs 6, sliced
  • walnut halves 6, broken into pieces
  • runny honey to serve



Put a little of the gorgonzola onto each fig disk and press a walnut piece into the top of each. Drizzle with honey and serve.

PER SERVING 57 kcals, protein 1.3g, carbs 8.5g, fat 2g, sat fat 0.5g, fibre 1.8g, salt 0g


Iberico, manchego and rocket bitesIbérico, manchego and rocket bites

15 minutes. Makes 24. Easy

  • ibérico ham 12 slices
  • rocket a handful of leaves
  • manchego 100g, cut into long batons



Lay out a slice of the ham and cover one end with rocket leaves. Add a piece of manchego on top of the rocket and roll into a cigar shape. Cut in half to make bite-sized pieces.

PER SERVING 40 kcals, protein 3.4g, carbs 0.1g, fat 2.7g, sat fat 1.5g, fibre 0g, salt 0.5g


Rare beef and radish crostiniRare beef and radish crostini

20 minutes. Makes 24. Easy

  • sirloin steak 300g
  • horseradish 1 tbsp, freshly grated
  • soft cheese 4 tbsp
  • crostini 24
  • radishes 6, finely sliced
  • olive oil

Heat a griddle pan to very hot, rub the steak with olive oil and fry for 2 minutes on each side, or longer if you like. Season and leave to rest. Mix the horseradish with the soft cheese and season. Spread onto the crostini. Thinly slice the steak and put onto the top of the cheese mix. Add a couple of the radish slices to finish.

PER SERVING 43 kcals, protein 3g, carbs 3g, fat 2g, sat fat 0.9g, fibre 0.2g, salt 0.1g

Cucumber wheels with salmon, tartare sauce and dillCucumber wheels with salmon, tartare sauce and dill

15 minutes. Makes 12. Easy

  • crème fraîche 2 tbsp
  • mayonnaise 1 tbsp
  • lemon ½ , zested
  • capers 1 tbsp, drained well and chopped
  • cornichons chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • dill roughly chopped to make 2 tsp
  • cucumber 1 small ridge, sliced diagonally to make ovals
  • hot smoked salmon 1 fillet, broken into flakes

Mix the crème fraîche, mayo, lemon zest, capers, cornichons, half the dill and season. Spoon onto the cucumber disks, add a piece of the smoked salmon and scatter over a little dill to serve.

PER CANAPE 43 kcals, protein 3.5g, carbs 0.6g, fat 2.9g, sat fat 1.1g, fibre 0.3g, salt 0.7g

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Eating out on Christmas Day in London, Edinburgh, Penarth and Clitheroe

Whether it’s a professionally cooked turkey dinner you’re hankering after or an Indian feast, here are 5 places to eat out at on Christmas Day if you’re determined to sidestep a stint in the kitchen:

The Orange Public House & Hotel, Pimlico: Sister to Marylebone’s Grazing Goat and Knightsbridge’s Pantechnicon Rooms and Belgravia’s The Thomas Cubitt, this gastropub with rooms (pictured) is keeping its ovens stoked on Christmas Day. Book now for it set menu (£80) and the likes of white bean soup, blood orange sorbet, pancetta-wrapped turkey, Devon lamb rump and spiced apple terrine (plus Christmas pud for the traditionalists).

Tayyabs, Whitechapel: Long a stalwart for those who’d rather eat their own shoes than sage and onion stuffing, this Punjabi institution may not offer many frills but what it lacks in festive finesse it makes up with in sheer, gluttonous pleasure. If it’s a spice kick you’re after its range of chops, biryanis and curries is as far from a devil on horseback as it’s possible to get. Book ahead for the slow-cooked lamb.

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, Edinburgh: A Christmas lunch has to be pretty special to beat your Mum’s cooking but you don’t get much more special than this classy Galvin-overseen outpost at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria. Unsurprisingly the focus is on Gallic cooking, albeit with a Scottish twist; its £90 Christmas Day menu trots through a ravioli of Scottish smoked salmon and daube of Aberdeen Angus beef before hitting quince tarte tatin and a Valrhona chocolate trifle (the Christmas classics are also on offer).

Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth: If you’re not distracted by the spectacular sea views, you will be by the food at this new outpost from former Crown at Whitebrook chef James Sommerin. The Christmas Day menu here (£140) is a seven-course affair, starting with duck liver creme brulee and apple sorbet and finishing with coffee and mince pies. Along the way it trips through scallop with cauliflower and spices, and goose with pumpkin, sage and Brussels sprouts.

Freemasons at Wiswell, nr Clitheroe: Winner of the Good Food Guide’s top UK pub for 2015, this Lancashire inn knows its onion gravy. For £95 a head the meal kicks off late morning with drinks and mince pies before settling in for a five-course feast of a lunch. The traditionalists will be happy with turkey but choices also include Nidderdale lamb, Cornish crab, slow-cooked beef and “Mum’s secret” sherry trifle.