Richard Arnold’s gossip

Why it’s all back to Fay Ri­p­ley’s this Christmas!

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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

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