Honey & Co's hors d’oeuvres recipe
©Tamin Jones

Start the feast: Honey & Co’s party pieces

Chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich create canapés with a Middle Eastern slant

At your table

Clarke's Mince Pie and Marks & Spencer Brandy Butter with Courvoisier VS Cognac ©Sam Armstrong
Peter Bazalgette and his panel test the insipid and the inspired — with a bonus of brandy butter
The Simone, Camino, Chefs Warehouse & Canteen, Maison du Colombier, Barrafina, Taberna do Mercado ©Lindsay D’Addato; Paul Winch-Furness; Flore D
‘I still recall the slow-cooked eggs with summer truffles . . . the yellowfin tuna with cara cara orange’
– Nicholas Lander
Turkeys at Paul Kelly’s Springate Farm near Chelmsford, Essex
©Mark Mattock

A turkey’s tale

Our desire for a top-quality bird has spawned a unique industry: specialist farms that work flat out from April, slow rearing, hanging and dry plucking

An illustration of a bottle of wine in a box
©Toby Morison

A toast to England

‘England’s best sparkling wines now offer much to those who thought only champagne would do’

Illustration by Tim Lahan of a chocolate bar stuck in the middle of a Christmas tree
©Tim Lahan

Ha-Joon Chang: bubbles, binges and Swiss chocolate

‘We don’t see many “made in Switzerland” products because it specialises in goods that ordinary consumers do not see’

The History Cook: wartime care campaigns

The tradition of sending relief parcels to troops and prisoners of war continues today

Steamed pudding
©Sophie Green

Steamed puddings make a comeback

The indulgent nursery favourite is perfect for cold winter evenings

©Annie Tritt

‘I created an international school for Santas’

‘What makes a great Santa isn’t his “Ho Ho Ho” or the cost of his outfit,’ says Tim Connaghan

Did Stone Age people collect honey from beehives similar to this one, made from a hollow log?
©Eric Tourneret

Archaeology: the history of honey

A study of pottery fragments from sites around the world shows traces of beeswax going back 9,000 years

Elspeth Biltoft
©Rosebud Preserves

Elspeth Biltoft

‘The Puritan work ethic drives me on. I was brought up that way’

Bon Vivant’s Companion

Five of the best: specialist spirits retailers

From craft gins and single malts to drinks by the dram, the FT selects where to shop for the spirits lover


Martin Sandbu

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