Cracking Christmas Cooking!


If you know Joyce Guiness, you know how much we love our food! We think that Christmas time is the perfect time to ditch those diets and start sampling all the delights that come at this time of year. We are going to give a run down of our favourite, festive foods and how to create them!


To kick start, we are going to do a popular, much loved choice at Christmas- Pigs in Blankets. To find the best recipe we have called on Jamie Oliver who gives us a mouth watering version.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
  2. Working one at a time, lay the bacon out on a board and run the sharp side of your knife along the length of the rasher to stretch it out – this will make it even crispier.
  3. Dot with a few herb leaves, then place a sausage at one end and roll the bacon around it until it’s totally wrapped up. Place in a roasting tray and repeat till they’re all done.
  4. Cook for 30 minutes, or until golden, gnarly and cooked through.
  5. Using a fish slice, scrape the pigs in blankets from the bottom of the tray, leaving them in there, then add the Worcestershire sauce and give it a good shake, scraping all that sticky goodness from the bottom of the tray.
  6. Drizzle in the honey, then place on a medium heat on the hob and bring to the boil until caramelised, shaking continuously to coat. Serve immediately.


  • 12 rashers of higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon
  • a few sprigs of fresh woody herbs, such as sage, thyme, rosemary
  • 12 higher-welfare chipolata sausages
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons runny honey



If your house is like mine at Christmas, there will be plenty of cheese lying around the place. We have found this simple, easy crowd pleaser to use up the cheese and to enjoy as a starter to the meal.


  1. In a large bowl, toss the pears and lemon juice.
  2. Layer a slice of pear, an arugula leaf, and a piece of cheese on a piece of prosciutto and roll up.


  • 2 pears (such as Bosc or Bartlett), each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise



This recipe is a twist on the traditional British Beef stew. We absolutely love it, it also ties in well if you are entertaining lots of people between Christmas and New Year and need an easy, tasty recipe to keep them full. Again, Jamie (our favourite) has given us inspo for this!


  1. Preheat the oven to 130ºC/250ºF/gas ½. Place a snug-fitting casserole pan over a medium heat to get hot. Season the brisket all over with salt and pepper, then add to the hot pan with a splash of olive oil and cook for about 10 minutes, or until gnarly and browned all over. Meanwhile, trim and chop the celery into 5cm chunks, reserving the yellow leaves for later, then peel and quarter the onions. Add the chopped veg to the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook gently for 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly softened.
  2. Combine all of the Bloody Mary ingredients in a large jug, then pour into the pan with 250ml cold water and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Make a bouquet garni by tying the thyme, rosemary and bay together with string, then add to the pan and bring everything to the boil. Take the pan off the heat and cover with a cartouche – this is basically a scrunched-up piece of greaseproof paper that you place directly on the surface of the food. Cover the pan with tin foil and cook in the oven for 5 to 6 hours, or until the beef is tender and falling apart.
  3. When there’s about 30 minutes to go, peel and slice the potatoes into 2.5cm chunks. Add to a large pan of cold salted water, place over a high heat and bring to the boil, then cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Meanwhile, if using, remove and wash the outer green leaves of the cabbage, then roll them up like a cigar and finely slice. Add the sliced cabbage or curly kale to a pan of boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender, then drain.
  4. Drain the potatoes in a colander and leave to steam dry, then return to the pan and mash well with the butter and horseradish. Season to taste, and add a little more horseradish if it needs it. Divide between plates and spoon over the greens, then pull the beef apart with two forks, pile on top and finely grate over a little fresh horseradish. Scatter over any reserved celery leaves, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve.


  • 1 x 1 kg piece of beef brisket
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 head of celery
  • 4 small red onions
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1.6 kg Maris Piper potatoes
  • 1 large Savoy cabbage , or 400g curly kale
  • 1 knob of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon jarred grated horseradish , or 3cm piece of fresh horseradish, finely grated, plus extra to serve
  • extra virgin olive oil

For The Bloody Mary Mix

  • 1 x 700 g jar of passata
  • 1 tablespoon jarred grated horseradish , or 3cm piece of fresh horseradish, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • a few drops of Tabasco sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 tablespoon port
  • ½ a lemon , juice of



Here at Joyce Guiness, we pride ourselves on catering for everyone, that doesn’t change when it comes to our recipes! This is our fool proof nut roast. Tried and tested with the verdict of nothing short of yummy!


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350ºF/gas 4.
  2. For the nut roast crust, roughly chop the pistachios, then spread out on a baking tray with the seeds, then toast in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. When the time’s up, transfer to a food processor, along with the chestnut purée, suet and maple syrup, and blitz until the mixture comes together into a ball. It will be very sticky to begin with, so stop and scrape the sides as you go.
  4. Place a large sheet of baking parchment on a work surface and sit the dough on it. Then, with lots of gluten-free flour on your hands and rolling pin, roll out the dough as thinly as possible (less than 5mm).
  5. If you’re making individual tartlets, oil and flour four 10cm loose-bottomed tart tins, then cut out the pastry to size. Or, roll out the dough and cut to the size of a large baking tin, then transfer to the tin using a fish slice.
  6. Prick the dough all over with a fork, cover with baking parchment, fill with baking beans or uncooked rice and bake blind for 12 to 15 minutes. Leave to cool completely in the baking tray, as it will be quite delicate straight from the oven. Keep the oven on.
  7. For the topping, chop the sweet potato into cubes, then place on a baking tray. Toss with a little oil, then bake for 25 minutes, or until soft.
  8. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, slice and add the mushrooms along with 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper, and sauté for 6 to 8 minutes, until the mushrooms brown.
  9. Blitz the roasted sweet potato in a food processor with the crème fraîche, nutmeg and ½ a tablespoon of cracked black pepper (or to taste) to a smooth, creamy consistency.
  10. To assemble the tart, crumble the blue cheese over the base, arrange the sautéed mushrooms on top, then finish with the sweet potato mix.
  11. Sprinkle with linseed, roughly chop and scatter over the pistachios followed by the sunflower seeds, then add a drizzle of rapeseed oil, and pop back in the oven for 6 to 7 minutes until it just starts to brown. Serve hot with gravy and roast vegetables.


  • 50 g shelled pistachios
  • 50 g linseed
  • 50 g sunflower seeds
  • 100 g chestnut purée
  • 50 g gluten-free vegetarian suet
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • gluten-free flour , for dusting


  • 400 g sweet potato
  • rapeseed oil
  • 20 g unsalted butter
  • 250 g chestnut mushrooms
  • 100 g crème fraîche
  • 1 good pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 75 g Dorset Blue Vinny , or vegetarian blue cheese
  • 1 teaspoon linseed
  • 1 teaspoon shelled pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds



Christmas would not be Christmas without plenty of sweet treats! Our take on the Good Housekeeping recipe means that we are keeping with the festive theme! This is the ultimate Christmas recipe and will not disappoint the fans.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas mark 3. Butter the base and sides of a 23cm spring-form cake tin. Make sure the base is upside down, so theres no lip and the cake can slide off easily when cooked.
    2. For the biscuit base: Place the cookies in a food processor and whiz until they form coarse crumbs. Add the melted butter and whiz together until mixed. Alternatively, place the cookies in a plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin, then add to the pan with the melted butter and mix together to combine.
    3. Tip the crumb mixture into the prepared cake tin, spreading it out evenly to cover the bottom of the tin and pressing it down firmly.
    4. For the topping: Place the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set this over a pan of just simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted.
    5. While the chocolate is melting, purée the raspberries in a clean food processor, or simply mash them with a fork, then push them through a sieve, discarding the seeds.
    6. Using a handheld electric beater or an electric food mixer, mix the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the flour, followed by the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the cream, vanilla extract, puréed raspberries and melted white chocolate.
    7. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it evenly over the biscuit base, then bake on the lowest shelf in the oven for about 1 hour 30 minutes, or until the cheesecake is softly set in the middle. It should wobble a little when you gently shake the tin and the top will be slightly cracked.
    8. Allow to cool down fully in the tin, then place in the fridge and leave to set for 2 hours.
    9. To serve, loosen around the edges using a small, sharp knife, then unclip and remove the sides of the tin. Use a palette knife or metal fishslice to loosen the bottom of the cake from the base and ease the cake onto a plate. If you dont feel brave enough to slide the cheesecake off the base of the tin, just leave it on and place it like this on the serving plate. Dust with icing sugar to serve.



  • 250 g Oreo cookies, coarsely broken
  • 75 g butter, plus extra for greasing


  • 175 g white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 350 g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 900 g cream cheese
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 25 g plain flour, sifted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp single or regular cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • icing sugar, for dusting



The clue is in the title, this is Christmas yumminess at it’s best! Lots of people are anti-sprouts, but, even the most avid sprout hater will love them with this recipe. What a great substitute for the boring, boiled Brussels recipe!


  1. If your sprouts need washing, pat them with kitchen paper, making sure they are really dry. Then score both ends, from the top to almost halfway down.
  2. Mash or blitz the goat’s cheese with the olive oil and mustard. Add milk until a thick drizzling consistency is achieved. Season with salt to taste – fried food takes a lot of seasoning, so make sure that the flavours come through really well.
  3. Deep-fry the brussels sprouts at about 165-170C/330-340F, until the outside few layers of leaves are going golden brown, but the inside is still green.
  4. Drain and tip on to kitchen roll and leave, preferably in a warm place, for a minute or two. Season with fine salt.
  5. While the sprouts are resting, wash and chop the parsley, arrange the sprouts on a big plate, drizzle with the goat’s cheese dressing and sprinkle with chilli flakes and the parsley. Serve while warm.


30-35 sprouts, bases trimmed, outer leaves removed
4 tbsp soft goat’s cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp grain mustard
A dash of milk
2 sprigs of parsley
Black chilli flakes, or red chilli flakes


 We hope that you enjoy cooking and sampling these as much as we did! Have a great Christmas everybody!

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  • Oct 3, 2017
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      Last week, you probably would have seen the huge number of social media posts and blogs written about the Langman Cup Polo Tournament which took place last Saturday. What a day it was! The Cup was being played in honour of Roy Langman and was organised by his daughter and Ingrid’s sister Charlotte. We arrived at Epsom Polo Club, and the ground had been transformed with food and drink stalls with a few classic cars! Whilst sipping our champagne and swallowing our oysters the first event of the day started. This was a classic Alfa Romeo racing one of the polo ponies, I thought that it was obvious the car would win, but, I could not have been more wrong! With the car skidding in the mud, the horse ran to victory in front of a big crowd! There was such delicious food to keep us full through the day. There was a Farmyard Kitchen offering everything from burgers and chips to fajitas, for more of a snack there was a focaccia van and of course there was the amazing Oyster bar for those who fancied something a bit different! Tattinger were keeping us hydrated all day with their very drinkable champagne… The first polo match took place; it was the HAC against Epsom Polo Club which was a really well fought match and Epsom Polo Club just managed..

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  • Sep 26, 2017
    Rules of Polo (In…

    Here at Joyce Guiness we are getting very excited about Saturday. The first Langman Cup is being held in honour of Roy Langman at Epsom Polo Club. In anticipation for Saturday, we thought that we would give you the rules of polo for you to mull over.  For more information on the day visit our previous blog post:   So… What do you need to know about polo? The objective of the game is to hit the ball down the field and score as many goals as you can. After a goal is scored the teams switch side. There are four chukkas (periods of play) in a match and each one lasts seven minutes. A Polo Ground is 300 yards long by 200 yards wide although if it is boarded it need only be 160 yards wide. The goalposts, open at the top, are 8 yards apart. Play starts with the umpire throwing in the ball between the two teams lined up in front of him. In the same way play is restarted after a goal is scored or if the ball goes out over the side boards. If the ball goes over the back line there is a hit-in by the defenders. There is no offside in polo nor is there a corner, instead a 60 yd hit from the back line is taken by the attacking side opposite..

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  • Sep 8, 2017
    The Langman Cup 2017

    The end of September can be a depressing time of year. The summer weddings and parties are drying up, the days are getting shorter and winter is very much on the horizon. But don’t worry Joyce Guiness are giving you one more thing to keep clinging on to Summer 2017- The Langman Cup Polo Game. This polo game is being organised by Ingrid’s sister and we are proud to be sponsoring the event! It is being held at the Epsom Polo Club and we truly believe that it will be an amazing day. There will be at least two polo games, the first being the famous HAC (Honourable Artillery Club) and Epsom Polo Club, they have a famous rivalry so be sure not to miss out. Not only will there be polo games, but, the local RAC Club is lending a classic car for a horse to race against. We have definitely not seen this before and we cannot wait to watch it! If the polo and car race does not win you over, we would hope that the Champagne and Oyster bar will. Taittinger are one of the other sponsors, there will be a bar and plenty of bubbles to fuel the day! The event is being held in memory of Roy Langman, tickets will be £5- bought on the door and all of the money will go to..

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  • Jun 12, 2017
    Kiko Matthews: 100 togetHER…

    You may have read Lucy’s previous blog on charities and noted the incredible challenge which Kiko Matthews is going to attempt in January 2018. In fact, we were so amazed at the enormity of it that we have decided to support her. In this blog, I will give you a bit of information about what the challenge is, the reason for her taking part in the challenge and what you can do to help, as well as giving a bit of background on Kiko herself. In 2009, Kiko Matthews was diagnosed with a very rare illness called Cushing’s disease. This not only caused a tumour on her pituitary gland but also created many other life- threatening problems such as diabetes and muscle wasting. She made a remarkable recovery, and eight years on wants to see how she can push her body to the limit. In January 2018, Kiko Matthews is going to attempt to row across the Atlantic unsupported. Not only does she want to do this, she wants to be the first woman to row the 3,000 miles solo. Her aim is to do it in 45 days, if completed in that time, it would be 11 days quicker than the current world record. She believes that aside from the inevitable physical endurance, which up to a point you can train for, the other challenge faced will be mental...

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  • May 22, 2017
    Fundraising Blog

    The sun is shining and summer is finally on its way! With these months looming, beach body preparations are no doubt underway! What better way to get fit than setting a challenge and raising some money for charity at the same time? With so many wonderful, worthy causes it is often hard to choose which charity to support as all of them need money raised. For me, I wanted to do it for a charity close to my heart.I think for most this is the root of the motivation to undergo a crazy mission! If you read our January blog, you would have seen some of the challenges which the other girls are taking part in this year. Recently we were privileged enough to meet Kiko Matthews who is single handedly rowing across the Atlantic (3000 miles!), she has set herself the challenge of, not only completing this mammoth mission, but also to become the fastest female to solo row unsupported! If you are interested, check out her website, it really is inspirational!   If you fancy a challenge this June, Cancer Research are ‘Walking all over Cancer’ with setting the task of walking 10,000 steps a day through June. This is the perfect opportunity to get fit and at the same time know you are raising money to beat cancer sooner. From reading other blogs on charity and fundraising,..

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  • May 10, 2017
    London Pop Ups

    There has been excitement in the Joyce Guiness office over the last week, due to London’s beach opening! We believe that London is the best city in the world and a beach is the only thing that could make it better. ‘Neverland’ is the pop up of the summer. It is an outdoor stretch of Thames beach on the North side of the river, south of Fulham and next to Wandsworth Bridge. It will have amazing street food and in true British style will have Beach Huts. Although Neverland is alcohol free, there is the opportunity to BYOB, they even provide mocktails for you then to create cocktails! Tickets to get into this event costs £5 with no corkage fee. The pop up starts on Wednesday 10th May and is open on weekday evenings and all day on weekends….If you need us that is where we will be… If you are not as keen on beaches as us, there are some other fab Pop Ups arriving this summer. Another great love of the Joyce Guiness office is cheese… So when we found out about the Cheese Bar opening in Camden Market we could not contain ourselves. There will be urban cheesemakers, Swiss fried cheese balls, special cheesy dishes as well as craft beers, live jazz and blues. Sign us up ASAP! Box Park in Shoreditch is under refurbishment and opens..

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  • May 9, 2017
    Summer Sporting Events 2017

    With the weather outside today you would not know that Summer is just around the corner. Not only does the Summer bring glorious weather (?!), BBQ’s and a whole lot of fun, it also is a time when sporting events come into their own. This blog is all about various British sporting events which are taking place over the Summer 2017. BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS Bringing in the summer is Badminton Horse Trials which is a four day, all-rounder event. It is great fun. The Thursday and Friday showcase the world’s best dressage horses, with some beautiful routines. Saturday is the most popular day, it is the Cross Country course. Not only is it fun to watch with the jumps getting harder each year, but you can also walk the beautiful course. Sunday is more of a relaxed day in comparison to the hectic Cross Country Saturday. You can sit and watch horses jumping to amazing heights, of course excitement is added as it is the culmination of the competition, and you can see the prize winner being given the amazing prize. Badminton is not just for the horse lovers. The shops which exhibit there are fantastic: gourmet food stands, specialist leather shops, clothes stalls even pet shops. I highly recommend it, a great day out watching riding and some retail therapy- what more could you want?! ROYAL ASCOT Staying on..

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  • Apr 25, 2017
    London’s New Housing Solution?

    , a new scheme, funded privately by Singaporean investors is “a new way to live in London”, is the corporate answer to the issues facing new workers or students in the capital hunting for a flat and someone to share the costs. It claims to give tenants –“a hassle-free, collective life similar to a student hall of residence, but for people starting out on their career”. Sounds great right? Some agree but most say it’s a faze that can’t last, and won’t last. Most of the rooms are 10 sq metres  in size only and relatively dear compared to the traditional flat-shares seen in London’s inner suburbs, but here you won’t find cockroaches, mice or untidy bedroom as the new set ups even come with cleaners, who are included in the cost of living there, either once a week or once every two weeks. Those that enquire and are keen to move there typically pay just over £1,000 a month for what the scheme has called a “Twodio”. For that they get a bed described as “double” – smaller than your average double bed, plus a private bathroom and access to a kitchen unit that is shared with one other tenant (let’s hope you get along!)  Bedclothes are supplied free of charge (to fit the smaller beds) as is the gas, wifi and other bills too. The new in –..

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