Christmas countdown: Pickled Beetroot

One of my most treasured possessions is my sister’s copy of Delia Smith’s Christmas. She gave it to me three years ago, complete with notes on some of Delia’s most sensible suggestions (the instruction to have a pre-lunch glass of champagne on Christmas Day is heavily underlined).
I was reading it the other day for relaxation purposes when I found a recipe I hadn’t seen before for pickled beetroot and shallots. It was enough of an “a-ha” moment to propel me into the kitchen immediately – and now I have the perfect gift for a friend for whom Christmas is inextricably entwined with the prospect of ham and beetroot.

You can find the recipe here, along with lots of other sage advice about festive food. Just don’t forget how much you (and I) deserve that glass of bubbles.

Getting this made has made me feel incredibly organised, though not as organised as the Let’s Make Christmas crowd. How are you getting on with your Christmas plans?



  1. November 15, 2011 / 9:43 pm

    Golly! I haven't been here in so long! I came hoping you'd have a summer-y salad or something for me to drool over, as our days get shorter and colder … and I get Christmas! Well, heck! … although, the pickled beets do look so sweetly festive! Good for you being so organized! You keep it up and you'll have all sorts of fun homemades to give to fam and friends!

  2. November 15, 2011 / 10:04 pm

    Two Fig and Chocolate cakes made after work yesterday. I love that recipe, thank you so much for sharing it – I made just 1 batch and divided it between a 9 inch round and a 5 inch square tin. Its a big job chopping all that chocolate though! I did that in the morning, also cut the lining papers for the tins – my least favourite part of baking.
    I love Delia's Christmas book too. When I stand in front of the fridge on December 23rd looking for a place to put a ham/ turkey/botttle(s)of champagne I think wistfully of her excellent advice to put the turkey in the car overnight to keep it cool and wish I was having a white Christmas!

  3. November 16, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    Eek! Am I the only one who isn't switched on to Christmas yet?

    Can you hear me hyperventilating?

    Right that's it I must go…..but I'll be back for more inspiration.

  4. November 17, 2011 / 11:48 am

    pickled beetroot… not a fan… althugh I do love beetroots I should perhaps give this another go sometime… and if it's a Delia recipe it cant be that bad can it?

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