Once you’ve made your own XO sauce from scratch, you might never buy another condiment in a jar. Louis Tikaram’s version is the real deal: umami-rich, salty, spicy, complex, a gorgeous colour, and incredibly more-ish.
We could cook a South East Asian-style seafood curry a thousand times and never tire of its complex flavours. With hot, sour, sweet and salty notes in perfect balance, this luxurious mud crab version is a winner.
The vibrant colour and prep-ahead features of home-cured ocean trout make for easy festive entertaining. Garnish it with something bright and beautiful to set the scene for Christmas lunch – redcurrants perhaps, or a jumble of edible flowers. This recipe is from Eatable's food and drinks director, Lisa Featherby.