Don't go cold turkey with your leftovers

Whether you break the wishbone at the Christmas table or take turns to have a ceremonial carve, it's likely that a roasted turkey will be the jewel in your Christmas dinner crown.

Have yourself a Berry Mary Christmas

Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect, published by DK, PA Photo/Handout/DK

She's the firm but fair baking queen who isn't impressed by shop-bought fondant icing or binned Baked Alaska, but Mary Berry insists her loved ones won't be nervous when they present her with their own home-made offerings this Christmas.

Bake your cake and eat it

Rachel Allen,  PA Photo/Handout/Alex Wallace Photography

Making a Christmas cake is a bit of an epic challenge, isn't it? First comes the planning, then the mixing, then months of feeding it booze, then baking, making marzipan and spending an eternity icing it - only for half your Christmas party to eventually turn their noses up and opt for the chocolate log. It's a whole lot of festive faff I've never involved myself in.

Frighteningly good grub

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Halloween is a little like Marmite. Some people love it and happily spend hours carving pumpkin faces, and some just can't stand it. But if you've got kids in tow, it means a very handy ready-made themed day of festivities to keep little ones occupied this half-term.

Coleman cuts the mustard

Natalie Coleman, PA Photo/Quercus

It's been a year since she won MasterChef, but life is still throwing up surprises for Natalie Coleman.

Ruby's crumbs of wisdom


When Ruby Tandoh applied for last year's Great British Bake Off, she could never have predicted the level of attention she would receive.

Let them eat cake


As a mum of three, Rachel Allen had no shortage of recipe tasters when writing her new book, All Things Sweet.

Gino's Italian job

MY GRANDFATHER'S TAGLIATELLE, featured in Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste  The Sun by Gino D'Acampo, See PA Feature FOOD DAcampo,  Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout/Matt Russell/Hodder & Stoughton

Whenever Gino D'Acampo plates up impressive-looking meals on TV, he can rest assured that along with the usual chorus of 'Oohs' and 'Aahs' in the studio, somewhere in southern Italy, at least one person will be bewildered by the fanfare.

Spice master

BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH RED ONION, FETA & CORIANDER, featured in Spice: Layers  Flavour by Dhruv Baker, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, See PA Feature FOOD Baker, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Kate Whitaker/ Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Packing up the contents of his kitchen for a recent house move, former MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker found that his spice collection needed a cull.

A BBQ's not just for summer

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Americans and Brits differ in countless ways: they say tom-ay-to, we say tom-ah-to. And when it comes to cooking outdoors, the Yanks are far more daring.

A simple solution

BAKED BALSAMIC STRAWBERRIES WITH PINE NUTS AND CASHEW CREAM, featured in My Petite Kitchen Cookbook by Eleanor Ozich, published by Murdoch Books

Back in 2012, Eleanor Ozich was a full-time mum, who indulged her passion for food by posting her recipes and pictures for friends on Facebook.

Life's a bowl of cherries for Khoo


Rachel Khoo barely pauses for breath, as she lists off the reasons why the tiny Parisian flat in which she found fame wasn't as romantic as it seemed.

The batch is back


There are some people in this world who are so full of common sense, you end up hanging on their every word, just to soak up each drop of practical wisdom spouting from their mouths. Kerryann Dunlop is one of those people.

Miers masters the top notes

ROASTED RED PEPPER AND GOAT'S CHEESE TART, featured in Chilli Notes by Thomasina Miers, published by Hodder & Stoughton, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Hodder & Stoughton/Tara Fisher

Catching recent instalments of MasterChef, Thomasina Miers finds herself marvelling at how things have changed since she won the BBC contest in 2005.