Something we've been making loads of during this lockdown situation. 1 onion ((roughly chopped))2 cloves garlic ((finely chopped or minced))1 large sweet potato ((diced into 2cm cubes))1 chorizo ((sliced into 0.5 cm thick discs))1 tsp dried chilli flakes1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 tin cannellini beans (or any type of bean/chickpea)1 yellow pepper (roughly chopped)1 vegetable stock cube1 tbsp olive oil Heat the oil in a large pan and then fry off the onions (3-4 minutes). Add the garlic and fry for another minute. Add the chorizo and allow to brown on the edges.Add the pepper and allow to soften slightly.Then, add all the other ingredients apart from the beans to the pot and put the lid on. Allow to simmer on a low heat for 25-30 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked through. Then, add the beans and

  Wow your Christmas guests with homemade mince pies - you can't beat them! For the pastry170 g plain flour100 g unsalted butter ((cold, but take out of the fridge 30 mins before))1 tbsp caster sugar1 egg yolk3 tbsp cold water ((you might need this, you might not))icing sugar for dustingFor the fruit mincemeat (make in advance)100 g mixed peel ((<a href="https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/peel-mixed-single-cut-10kg-bulk.html">https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/peel-mixed-single-cut-10kg-bulk.html</a>))350 g mixed dried fruits ((<a href="https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/organic-mixed-vine-fruit-10kg-bulk.html">https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/organic-mixed-vine-fruit-10kg-bulk.html</a>))1 small apple ((chopped finely))80 g butter or vegetable suet ((cut into cubes) <a href="https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/vegan-suet-5kg.html">https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/vegan-suet-5kg.html</a>)125 g dark muscovado sugar (<a href="https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/dark-muscovado-sugar-1kg.html">https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/dark-muscovado-sugar-1kg.html</a>)1 tsp mixed spice1 tsp ground nutmeg (<a href="https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/nutmeg-ground-500g.html">https://www.buywholefoodsonline.com/nutmeg-ground-500g.html</a>)120 ml brandy ((optional))30 g almonds (roughly chopped (optional)) For the pastrySift the flour into a large mixing bowl and add a tiny pinch of salt and transfer to a food processor.Cube the butter and add it to the food processor and pulse on high

250 g red split lentils ((rinsed))1 ham bone ((or 2 ham stock cubes))2 litres water2 large carrots2 white onions2 medium white potatoes1 small turnip Place the ham bone in a large soup pot and cover with the water (or, make 2 litres of ham stock) and add the lentils. Simmer for 1 hour, then skim and remove the ham bone.Meanwhile, dice all the vegetables into small dice and then add them to the pot. Simmer for another 30 minutes.Add some freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately. If you like, you could blend the soup with a stick blender or food processor. You probably will not need to add salt as the ham bone/ham stock cubes will have seasoned the soup enough.

140 g pitted dates100 g desiccated coconut200 g mixed nuts30 g cacao or cocoa powder1 tsp ground mixed spice Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have a ball of 'dough'.Use ½ a teaspoon of dough to make one snowball. Continue making little balls until you have no dough left.On a large plate or surface, sprinkle some extra desiccated coconut (snow) and roll the little balls in it until they are fully coated. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving, or portion up and store in the fridge.

Makes 20-25 biscuits 250 g plain flour (or gluten-free plain flour mix. If using plain flour mix, also add 1/2tsp of xanthan gum.)125 g ground almonds125 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)125 g caster sugar1 large egg yolk2 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp sea salt Place the flour, ground almonds and salt in a mixing bowl, and in another mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with a whisk (or an electric one if you have one - it's much easier!).Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract to the creamed butter/sugar and then fold in the flour mixture to make a dough. Shape the mixture into a ball and chill in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour, but ideally 2.After chilling the dough, pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees (Gas Mark 3) and grease/line two large baking sheets with greaseproof