Apricot & Ginger Glazed Ham


This one maybe isn’t quite as “alternative” as you’d expect from me, but no matter what’s on the Christmas Day menu, I always insist on having “nice ham” as well! I did want something slightly different from the joints you’d pick up easily in the supermarket, though, so I scoured the internet and found this (not-so) little beauty. It fed 5 people in work, me twice, and there’s still at least half sliced up in my freezer!

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Nell’s Tagine of Moroccan Lamb with Apricots


Time for another guest spot, and so the return of Nell!

Since her last guest spot, Nell’s been back in the kitchen trying out many of the TidyMunch recipes. When her birthday (I won’t say which one) came around in August, it felt fitting that I engineer another TidyMunch guest spot empower Nell to further her culinary crusade.

I bought her a tagine, some spices, and a cookbook. Living up to her title as The Original Modifier, she soon tweaked some of the recipes to come up with her own. So, over to Nell!

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Dark Chocolate & Apricot Tart


I guess it’s fair enough to say that the TidyMunch recipes so far have been extremely savoury-centric! I thought something a little sweeter was long overdue, so feast your eyes on this beauty!

I’m not much of a baker (I consider myself particularly poor at those skills, to be fair) but when I read about this, I just had to give it a go. And I’m so glad I did…. this is up there with the tidiest of all tidy munches! The slightly sharp fruitiness of the apricot brings a nice balance to the dark chocolate, with it’s potential for bitterness. The pastry is crumbly, sweet and delicious, and the overall tart is remarkably light in texture and taste.

The recipe is adapted (quite closely) from the one in Moro The Cookbook by Sam & Sam Clark. Being an artsy-fartsy pretentious sort, I’ve included it in the main photo for this recipe. It’s a beautiful book to look at, well written, and some of the recipes look very good indeed. I’d originally intended to buy it for my mum’s birthday – I wanted to get her a tagine and also some recipes – I saw this book when I was searching on Amazon, but couldn’t find a list of contents. I decided not to risk it, but was so intrigued that I bought it for myself. And just as well, because: a) There was only one tagine recipe which would’ve made for a rubbish present; and b) It has this amazing recipe in it, right?

Now I’d love to stay and chat a bit longer, but there’s chocolate tart downstairs that isn’t gonna eat itself!

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