Recipe swap: share your Christmas leftover recipes

Share your Christmas leftover recipes with us for a chance to have them printed in CookFor your chance to be crowned Guardian home cook of the year, share your Christmas leftover recipes with us. Email recipes@theguardian.com, upload them via the GuardianWitness buttons here or post them on Instagram @guardian_cook #RRS #leftovers by noon on Wednesday 7 December. Selected recipes will appear in Cook and online on 24 December.You can share your Christmas leftover recipes by clicking on the ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the Guardian app and search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments.’ Continue...

Selasi from Bake Off’s festive treats: ‘Christmas is full of food no one likes’

He was the breakout star of this year’s Great British Bake Off with his jaffa cakes and piped roses. What happened when we paired him up with our gadget guru for a seasonal masterclass? Plus, try his recipes for pecan and maple layer cake and gingerbread Baking is the perfect way to unwind, isn’t it? I’m joking, obviously – it’s a recipe for stress, squatting by an oven watching things refuse to rise and shouting at brownies. I turn into a maniac: simultaneously slow and impatient, unskilled and perfectionist. Baking in December whacks that pressure cooker mentality up to 250C (gas mark 9). Which is why today is very exciting. I’m going to be given a live lesson in Christmas cooking, in my flat, by the undisputed king of cool baking. Related: Stop all the clocks – Selasi has left the Great British Bake Off Continue...

Ignore the foodie scrooges: I love ​a​ ​high-street ​​eggnog latte​

They may be saccharine-sweet marketing vehicles, but festive drinks from the likes of Starbucks and Costa fill me with joy – which is surely the pointI love Christmas drinks. I’m not talking about swirling aged brandy around a big, old glass or having a champagne tipple on Christmas Day; I’m talking about the Starbucks red cups, the Costa range in their Christmassy cosies and the heavenly, lethally sickly McDonald’s spiced-cookie latte. Related: On my radar: Ruby Tandoh’s cultural highlights Continue...

Cheers as Belgian beer is added to Unesco cultural heritage list

Drink’s history stretches back centuries and enthusiasts say its diversity in Belguim is unequalled anywhere else in the world Next time you raise a glass of Belgian beer, rest assured: it’s a cultural experience. Unesco is adding the drink to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.Belgian beer is known throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extremely sour to bitter, and is brewed in numerous cities, towns and villages across the west European nation of 11 million people. Continue...

Supermarket shoppers can get their Christmas dinner for £20 – survey

Cost of buying 11 festive ingredients comes to £19.82 if consumers shop around across Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Morrisons and IcelandSupermarket shoppers can pick up everything they need for Christmas dinner for eight people for less than £20 this year, a survey has found.The cost of buying 11 Christmas dinner essentials – including a turkey, plum pudding, fresh vegetables and cranberry sauce – comes out at £19.82, or £2.48 a head, after shopping around for the best prices at Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Morrisons and Iceland, Good Housekeeping magazine found in its annual festive shopping basket cost survey. Continue...