Richard Arnold’s gossip
Why it’s all back to Fay Ripley’s this Christmas!
What’s your top festive cooking tip?
Only cook from my books! i started writing my own because no one was writing the one i wanted. my recipes are tried and tested, don’t use stupid ingredients and will get you a round of applause. minimum effort for maximum impact – like my sex life.
How do you juggle it?
i plan! i’m a busy working mum – i don’t have an army of staff, just a poor, defeated husband. Planning ahead is key. i don’t want to be sweating over the stove as guests arrive.
What’s on the Christmas menu?
my australian husband can’t get his head around why us Brits eat dry old turkey year after year, so my go-to is poussin – i stuff them with raspberries
Any dinner party disasters?
i once invited an a-list celeb over. When she arrived, she said she was wheat-free, dairy-free, alcohol-free... food-free, basically. and i’d cooked a nine-course meal!
and wrap them in pancetta, then everyone gets their own little bird.
Fay with her Cold Feet gang