Christmas ideas

Whether it's Christmas dinner or a festive party we have great ideas to keep all guests happy

Aldo Zilli's magic little twists to make Christmas dinner even yummier

Aldo Zilli's magic little twists to make Christmas dinner even yummier

Posted on: 24 Dec 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Everyone loves a traditional Christmas dinner, with turkey, roast potatoes and indulgent puds. But I promise you it can be made even better with a few ingenious twists I’ve learned over my decades as a chef and restaurant owner.

What’s more, you won’t even have to leave the house, as all of the ingredients you need are probably in your cupboards (or, at a pinch, any local supermarket or corner shop).

Here are the tiny tweaks that will really dazzle your fellow diners on Christmas Day...


Sweet celebration: Christmas pudding and mince pie recipes

Sweet celebration: Christmas pudding and mince pie recipes

Posted on: 17 Dec 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello food lovers! This is it, the last shopping weekend before Christmas. Have you got everything yet?

I like to be very organised for Christmas but I always forget something. This year I haven’t found time to make any mince pies but luckily Neil Nugent, Executive Chef for Iceland Foods, popped along to the Soho Radio studio, while I was doing my show, with his award-winning mince pies.


Let it snow: Edible Christmas decoration recipes

Let it snow: Edible Christmas decoration recipes

Posted on: 10 Dec 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello readers. We’re halfway into December, the kids have got their Advent calendars and there are lots of delicious sweet things floating around the Zilli kitchen.

One of our family’s favourite sweet treats is cupcakes, so I was very happy when I got to review this week’s book. Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan is like a paint-by- numbers for cupcake decorating – and much more beyond that.


Party food made easy: Chicken wings and sausage rolls for New Year’s Eve

Party food made easy: Chicken wings and sausage rolls for New Year’s Eve

Posted on: 30 Dec 2015 by: Aldo Zilli

Hi and welcome, firstly I hope you all had a great Christmas and haven’t indulged as much as I have.

I hope 2015 was a great year for all of you foodies and there is lots more to come next year as I keep reviewing books from great chefs. This week’s book is The New Easy by Donna Hay. I must have written about all of her books and haven’t yet been disappointed as I find her recipes not just simple and easy but they have lots of layers of flavour.


Stuck for what to eat after Christmas

Stuck for what to eat after Christmas

Posted on: 26 Dec 2015 by: Aldo Zilli

Aldo gives his top tips for what to do with Christmas day left overs