Christmas Food Q&A: James Forrest – Burger Meats Bun

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  • 25 November 2015
Christmas Food Q&A: James Forrest – Burger Meats Bun

If you didn't know what Bacon Jam was before, you soon will

I'm planning a Christmas meal and want to offer a couple of unusual twists. What would you suggest?
Haggis popcorn with BMB sauce…little balls of the best haggis you can get your hands on, rolled in panko breadcrumbs and fried then served with a delicious, tangy sauce. Or duck confit and Bacon Jam rissoles with bramble ketchup.

It's Boxing Day and I've got half a turkey uneaten. Any recommendations for some legendary leftovers?
Turkey steamed bun's with braised cabbage and cranberry mayo. Sri Lankan turkey curry using coconut milk, lemongrass, curry leaves and Sri Lankan spices.

Which dishes on your Christmas/December menu do you most like cooking? And which least?
There's nothing on our menu we don't like cooking. The part that gives us the most satisfaction is coming up with fun, seasonal dishes.

What do you reckon is the most undervalued ingredient in the seasonal/Christmas repertoire?
Cloves. A very versatile spice which can be used for Christmas drinks such as mulled cider or with food to add something to a roast ham or a nice custard for your Christmas pudding.

I fancy making a food item for presents at Christmas. Any suggestions?
Bacon Jam is ideal. Not something most folk have kicking about their kitchen. Plus it is right tasty.

Which new kitchen gadget would you most like to find in your stocking? And which food item?
A thermal circulator. I've become obsessed by cooking the perfect turkey, among other things, and this would help ensure precision control on cooking temps. Food? A hamper of the finest cheeses from George Mewes Cheeses. Hopefully with a nice stinky Vacherin Mont D’or in there.