Our fool-proof guide to mouth-watering Xmas roast potatoes.

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Dreaming of Christmas roast potatoes?

You’re not alone.

Mains can be adapted. Sides can be experimented with. But, it’s simply not Christmas dinner without roasties at the table.

And everyone has an opinion on how to get those perfect fluffy-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside roasties.

So, we thought we’d throw our two cents in and share our tips for mouth-watering Xmas potatoes…

1. Choose your potatoes wisely.

While all potatoes taste nice slathered in oil and roasted, Xmas potatoes have that special quality that results in the perfect roast spud.

We recommend Inca Bella or King Edwards to achieve this dreamy Christmas perfection.

2. Cut them right!

Very uneven shapes can leave some burnt (and it’s imperative that there’s enough to go around… several times….). You want nice, thick, chunky shapes that are satisfying to bite into.

Depending on their sizes, cutting medium potatoes into quarters and smaller ones in half will do a pretty decent job.

Oh, and peel. Always peel Xmas pots for the ultimate comfort factor!

3. Parboil, parboil, parboil!

A must for Xmas potatoes is to parboil them in salted water first for about ten minutes. This will ensure that gorgeous crisp exterior and pleasantly fluffy interior that we’ve been waiting weeks for…

The secret at this stage?

When drained, shake them up in the pan to create that extra crispy, batter-like texture when roasted.

4. Heat the oil.

Use some really beautiful quality oil for an extra dimension of deliciousness.  Good food is all about quality ingredients at every step – so it’s worth the investment if you want a feast to impress!

Pour some oil into a large baking tray (or two). This is not the time of year to skimp on quantity (we have the new year for that…) – so be generous!

Heat in a hot oven until piping. Once hot, throw in the potatoes and coat well (being careful not to splash hot oil on yourself!)

5. Add some flavour!

Rosemary sprigs, some cloves of garlic and a sprinkling of cracked black pepper can go a long way in livening up this comforting side.

And of course – season well with flaky sea salt for extra bursts of flavour.

6. Pour yourself some bubbly…

Really!

The next step in to bake for at least 45 minutes. Keep an eye on them – you don’ want to burn them! And, if you want a bit of extra flavour, halfway through the cooking time add some potatoes to your meat or veggie main roasting in the oven to imbue with extra flavour.

While they’re cooking, pour yourself a glass of sparkling wine (or even a splash of wintery walnut liqueur).

You’ve earned it!

Sit back, relax, and let the aroma of mouth-watering Christmas potatoes fill the house…


These are our tips for mouth-watering Christmas roasties. But everyone has their own secrets too roast potato perfection. What’re yours? Leave a comment on this post, on social media and don’t forget to tag us in your Christmas potato creations! (@finandfarm).

You can buy Inca Bella and King Edward potatoes on our website.

 

Or, if you want everything in a convenient box, we do regular and super Christmas veg boxes.

All to be delivered to your door in time for Christmas on the 19th, 21st and 23rd of December. Order before the 18th!


Image 1: Christmas Cooking by Stewart Black/Flickr (CC)

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Our fool-proof guide to mouth-watering Xmas roast potatoes.

The Ultimate Sussex Spirit

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Are you looking for a heady, delicious, warming Christmas spirit? In search of a mouth-watering, unusual Xmas gift, perhaps?

Well…

This Christmas, at Fin and Farm, we have just the thing for you!

Limited edition Sussex walnut liqueur.

Why is it limited edition?

This liqueur is small-batch made – not industrial! There simply won’t be any more of this aromatic Sussex spirit until next winter.

So – get it while it’s here!

What makes it so special?

It’s small-batch made in the beauty of the Sussex downs, using young walnuts, spices and pure vodka. But with an ABV of 17%, you won’t feel knocked out after dinner. Perfect!

Giving this as a gift? Great! You won’t find this beauty in the supermarket, so 10/10 for original and thoughtful gift giving…

Best ways to enjoy?

You’ll want to try this spirit straight to appreciate the unique walnut aroma. But, there are a million ways to enjoy this amber-hued spirit…

  • Pair with creamy blue cheese like Brighton Blue or Molecomb Blue for a savoury accompaniment at the festive table.
  • Sweet tooth? Pour over ice cream or douse some Xmas pud for a more indulgent treat.
  • Celebrating with cocktails? Instead of Amaretto or Frangelico, or to give an Old Fashioned a twist, use walnut liqueur.
  • Need an after-dinner digestif? Splash into coffee for an amped up espresso…

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Get yours HERE.

The Ultimate Sussex Spirit

3 brilliant and unusual Sussex beers to gift this Xmas

Are you ready yet?

It’s only a matter of weeks until the big (festive) day.

And – let’s face it – some people can be pretty hard to buy for. (You know who I’m talking about…)

But – fortunately – food and drink are always well-received. For some people in particular, beer never fails.

This Christmas, if you’re going to buy beer as a present, don’t just go for the usual.

Here in Sussex, we’re home to some of the most passionate, ridiculously skilled, pioneering artisans in the UK.

In other words – Sussex beer is an absolute TREAT.

So give something that’s beautifully made, out of the ordinary, and downright delicious this Xmas…

What do we recommend?

1. Dark Star Espresso Beer

Not a gimmick – or like anything you’ve tasted before. This aromatic, surprisingly-not-sweet, espresso beer is the not-your-average-brew you’ve been searching for.

Brewed by Dark Star Brewery (beer aficionado friends started this company in the Evening Star pub in Brighton in the mid nineties!), this beer is expertly crafted with roasted barley malt, challenger hops, and infused with freshly ground aribica beans.

You’ll be getting a rich, black beer with a delicious complementary coffee aroma. And, as the bronze winner of the Campaign for Real Ale Champion Beer of Britain (London and South East Area), you know you’re getting something good.

So why is this such a great gift?

There’s nothing quite like it! Think beautiful, award-winning craft beer stepped up a level with quality, fresh coffee beans for a not-your-everyday brew.

Ideas for enjoyment?

Enjoy with pork, aged semi-hard cheeses or vanilla ice-cream… This dark, heady and aromatic beer is certainly versatile!

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2. Creme Brûlée  Beer

An alcoholic dessert in a glass, with all the frothy darkness of beer and sweet caramel goodness of creme brûlée …

Brewed with unfermentable lactose sugar, fresh vanilla beans and plenty of roasted malts to provide a sweet, smooth caramel concoction.

Whether your giftee is a sweet tooth, an adventurous soul, or simply appreciates a good craft beer, this creme brûlée brew will satisfy.

Why does it make such a great gift?

You won’t find this anywhere else! And, after all, the perfect gift is a blend of practical (a good beer to kick back with) and frivolous (creme brûlée!). This beer ticks both those boxes…

Ideas for enjoyment?

Use as a float for vanilla bean ice cream, or pair with flambeed bananas and smooth custard…

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3. Dark Star Revelation

This wonderful, hoppy APA provides a quality – yet less ‘out there’ – brew to complement the more unusual beers. With citrus-y notes and a brilliant golden hue, Revelation is an all-round pleaser.

A blend of Warrior, Cascade, Columbus, Crystal and Chinook hops by the sack full, this brew is then dry hopped during conditioning using the Dark Star ‘Hoptimizer’ (industrial sized hookah) to imbue a unique taste.

Why does it make such a great gift?

It won’t fail to delight. Tasty, refreshing and relaxing – just the thing to unwind with over the holiday season. But, unusual enough that you won’t find it in conventional shops!

Idea for enjoyment?

Pair with meat, medium bodied cheese or a tart, fruity dessert.

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Want to search more Sussex craft beers? Check out our entire Sussex range HERE.

3 brilliant and unusual Sussex beers to gift this Xmas

Looking for the perfect gift?

Looking for something special to give this year?

Don’t want to give ‘the usual’ but have that hard to buy for friend/ partner/ family member/ coworker?

Food and drink are always well received. A little prying into their tastes and you can find the perfect thing for them!

But – don’t go generic. Choose food and drink you won’t find anywhere else!

With our range of Sussex-made beers, chocolates, spirits, sweets and wines, you can support the production of interesting, unusual, delicious local goods by producers who really care

Need ideas?

We’ve got:

Sussex beers

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Go for beer with character. Brewed in fabulous and passionate local breweries by pioneering local artisans (and these guys really, really know their stuff to bring you brews you won’t find in the supermarket…), you can’t go wrong with a glass of Sussex-brewed beer!

And if you want something that’s much, much more unusual for the adventurous person in your life, our unbelievably good coffee beer collection is just the thing…

SHOP HERE.

Sussex fine wines

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Some of the best wine we’ve ever tasted has been grown in Sussex soil. And why? Because it’s champagne quality! Give the gift of truly exceptional British wine…

SHOP HERE.

Sussex liqueurs

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Mmm, a heady glass of walnut or elderberry liqueur is the thing to warm you up this winter. So, for someone who loves a slightly more unusual drink, gift them a bottle of small-batch brewed local spirits…

SHOP HERE.

Artisan Sussex chocolate

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This one’s a no-brainer. I mean, can you imagine not having any chocolate for Christmas? And while there’s usually a box or two open for the family, everyone loves receiving some that’s just for them. So how about some gold sprinkled mint chocolate, or some hand crafted truffles, or candied chocolate covered oranges slices, or….

SHOP HERE.


*** Local Christmas deliveries Tuesday 19th, Thurs 21st and Saturday 23rd – or you can order your gifts to be delivered before these dates! 

Looking for the perfect gift?

Your One-Stop Shop for a Sussex Christmas.

It’s time.

Christmas plans are in the making.

Tinsel is being bought, gift-wrap eyed up and menus already in test mode. With a whirlwind of fantastical Christmas ideas and recipes to play with, it’s not just time to plan…

It’s time to get excited!

But, if there’s one sure-fire way to make your Christmas meal really hold significance then…

Make it Sussex!

Local, highly ethical, real food is truly the way to honor your Christmas meal. Celebrate with the most delicious of seasonal delights and have a truly Sussex Christmas.

The best part?

All of your Sussex Christmas foods are delivered to your door.

Zero stress. Zero fuss.

At Fin and Farm, we have everything you need for a one-stop Sussex Christmas…

We’re delivering on the 19th, 21st and 23rd of December!



What’s on offer?

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Christmas Turkey

Did you see our Christmas dry-hung, outdoor-reared, free-range turkey? (Bronze and white turkeys) Our turkeys are treated with the highest standard of animal welfare and prepared using traditional methods – all on the farm.

Birds are slow-grown, naturally fed and free to forage.

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If you want a turkey alternative for your main, ingredients for some canapes or can’t have Xmas without a full English – we’ve got you covered. Browse our Christmas meat range!

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It can be stressful shopping for all the trimmings. What if you leave it late and they’ve sold out of potatoes? Or cabbage for that recipe you really wanted to try? Do you remember the queues?

Forget the stress – with our Christmas boxes, everything you need can be delivered to your door before Christmas day.

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Sussex Spirits and Fine Wine

What’s Christmas without a tipple or two? Tis the season to winethumbparty – and we’ve got the ultimate party pack for your exceptional seasonal festivities. Six bottles of award-winning fine Sussex white wine will please your party guests (did you know that Sussex soil is champagne-quality…)

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Wine isn’t the only Sussex drink on offer. How about some elderberry liqueur for a wintery touch to the day? We’ve got a range of Sussex spirits and liqueurs to keep you warm!

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Sussex Dairy

cheesethumnFrom Sussex cheese boards to thick, cream from un-homogenised milk, we’ve got the delicious, local dairy to grace your Christmas day! And, unlike supermarkets, there’s no skimping on quality. Our cream? Really creamy.

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Cheese lover? Well, ee’ve got 56 varieties of Sussex cheese. 56! What could be more delicious than digging into a local, ethical, and utterly heavenly local cheese board brimming with unusual varieties… You can shop cheeses individually according to taste, or choose our cheese board for easy entertaining…

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From small-batch, beautifully made cranberry sauce (why make your own when Perfectly Preserved’s is even better?) to chocolate amaretto salted caramel (with some Xmas pud…) we’ve got sauces to serve for Christmas day. All made in Sussex with exceptional ingredients!

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But, most importantly, how can you have Christmas day without chocolate to dig into? Our Sussex artisan chocolates are unique, bursting with quality and flavour – so make it extra-special and go Sussex!

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You don’t need to order all at once – just place another order if you forget something and we’ll deliver them together!

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Your One-Stop Shop for a Sussex Christmas.

Small-flock, hand-reared Christmas Turkeys

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Christmas is a special time of year – and only the best should be  gracing our plates!

Our highest welfare, small flock turkeys are just that. From a small Sussex farm, our birds are reared and treated to the highest standard of welfare (we have, of course, visited the farms and can certainly attest to this).

Bronze feathered and white feathered turkeys are reared, slowly and naturally, on a balanced cereal diet rich in oats – with NO growth promoting additives. This ensures a completely natural and richly flavoured meat.

Birds are processed from start to finish on the farm – meaning that they are hand plucked, dressed and dry-hung to ensure the highest quality welfare and meat. Traditional methods are used – and have been passed down on the family farm for generations.

Options:

Available as a whole turkey, as a turkey crown (legs can be supplied separately if wished) or boned and rolled. Simply choose your style and weight!

All turkeys are supplied boxed and with giblets. Stuffed turkeys are also available.

**Note: turkeys can be supplied in larger weights than we have on our site – however, as the birds are naturally reared, we won’t know for a couple of weeks what these will be!

Ordering:

You can order online. Or, if you prefer, speak to Nick (07966 972 530 or email nick@finandfarm.co.uk) and we can send you an invoice at a later date.

Browse turkeys today!  

 

 

Small-flock, hand-reared Christmas Turkeys

Sweet Chestnuts!

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Often scarce on the supermarket shelves (except at Christmas), Chestnuts can leave us a little perplexed with just what to do with them. But chestnuts have populated the British Isles since Roman times – and positively flourish in the South of England. We may associate them with Christmas, but chestnut season is here, and these delicious fruits deserve to be enjoyed!

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A true seasonal delight, chestnuts are sweet, complex and richly flavoured. Their comforting starchy texture is wonderfully versatile for cooking. Whether sweet or savoury, chestnuts can be as wholesome or as decadent as you like. Mmm, it’s time to reintroduce the chestnut back into our culinary know-how…

How to cook

Chestnuts need cooking to become palatable. If you’ve cooked chestnuts before, then you can certainly attest to the rich, aromatic flavour cooking brings out. You can boil (approx. 30 minutes), microwave (approx. 3-4 minutes) or roast (approx. 30 minutes) – just be sure to score an X or line into the bottom of the shell to allow for peeling and to stop them from ‘exploding’! Cooking them in an open flame winter fire is, perhaps, one of the most loved ways to eat chestnuts in this country.

No matter how you’re cooking them, be sure to peel chestnuts when they’re still warm. When they’ve cooled, this can feel like the impossible task!

How to eat

There are a myriad of possibilities when it comes to enjoying chestnuts.  Blitz in a food processor to make chestnut flour – a healthy, gluten-free alternative with a slightly nutty flavour. Puree to fill a dessert such as the renowned French Buche de Noel (chocolate log filled with chestnut puree – yum!) or as a mashed potato alternative. Throw into roasts for texture and taste, or, add to rustic soups and stews to infinitely enhance with an earthy, sweet flavour.

Recipe

Decadent Chocolate-Chestnut Torte

We may associate chestnuts with Christmas and open fires, but chocolate and chestnut might just be the most heavenly combination. Haven’t tried it yet? Well, we’ve got a recipe that’ll make your mouth water…

Gluten-free, deeply chocolatey and enhanced with the flavour of pureed chestnuts and enticing walnut liqueur, this cake won’t fail to please.

You’ll need:
450g chestnut puree
230g dark chocolate
6 eggs
125g butter
65g sugar
2 tablespoons walnut liqueur

To serve:
Cream (as desired)
50g dark chocolate

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180C. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until firm (but not quite meringue texture). Melt the dark chocolate over a bowl of boiling water.

In a food processor, combine the butter, sugar and chestnut puree. Add in the egg yolks, liqueur and dark chocolate and combine.

In a mixing bowl, gradually fold through the whisked egg whites. Pour into a baking tin and cook for approx 40 minutes in the oven. Allow to cool before enjoying with whipped cream and chocolate shavings (and possibly an extra shot of walnut liqueur)!

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Order your chestnuts today!

Let us know in the comments how you like to enjoy this seasonal delicacy..


Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson Chocolate Chestnut Cake (gluten free)  
Image 1: Chestnuts by Kristian Mollenborg/flikr (CC)
Image 2: Chestnuts by Simone Piunno/flickr (CC)
Image 3: dark chocolate torte by kylesteed/flickr (CC)

Sweet Chestnuts!