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Issue 140, December 2004

Cover: Vanilla shortbread cookie tree. Photograph Bill Kingston, Food styling Joy Skipper. Make our vanilla shortbread cookie tree on page 104.


30 What's in store: Sainsbury's best buys
37 In season: What to eat in December
44 Simple suppers: Annie Rigg's 10 top dishes to see you through the holiday
54 Store cupboard standby: Mincemeat

60 Get the party started: Canapés with a festive flavour by Louise Mackaness
66 Ahead of the game: Try these for starters. Light ideas by Amy Willcock
72 The classic feast: The traditional roast made easy by Katie Stewart
78 Best-dressed veg: Nigel Slater gives common or garden veggies a makeover
83 It's all about flavour… Add wow to your Christmas dinner with Jamie Oliver
86 Break with tradition: Tired of turkey? Try alternatives by Delia, Nigella and friends
96 Grand finale: End on a high with Ruth Watson's show-stopping desserts
104 Stars of the show: Centrepiece of attention; make our stylish shortbread cookie tree
108 Everything but fruitcake: Christmas cakes without an ounce of candied peel
116 And to drink… Good cheer for every seasonal situation, by Fiona Beckett
125 Who makes Christmas? Meet Santa's real-life helpers, the festive-food producers
135 Ho, ho, go! How to keep going through the busiest month of the year


9 Editor's letter
9 Feedback: Share your views about what you've read in Sainsbury's Magazine
13 Bites: News, reviews and interviews
24 Out to lunch: Joanna Lumley on what Christmas means to her
196 Details: Stockists, and terms and conditions for competitions and offers
215 Next month in Sainsbury's Magazine
218 The last word: The secret diary of Mrs Claus, by Sue Townsend


163 Tummy trouble? Dr Mark Porter on indigestion, its causes and cures
167 Health news: Your questions answered

142 Top tables: From chic to Shaker-style, the perfect settings for the feast
151 All that glisters: Treats for your tree
152 Orlando in bloom: Florist to the stars, and now you - meet Orlando Hamilton
158 Gifts that keep giving: How one woman is giving Scrooge a run for his money
181 Home news: The latest must-haves for your home
187 Garden news: Essential jobs to tackle this month

170 Perfect scents: Josephine Fairley finds the right fragrance for him, her or you
177 Santa, baby… Presents for pampering
179 Beauty news: The best new product

189 Hook, line and sinker: Sharon Ring falls for wee Kelso in just 48 hours
194 Gifts to go: Travel-themed gifts for the globetrotters in your life
199 Travel news: Where to go now

203 Here to make life easier: Gifts with a twist; wrap like the professionals; why (real) diamonds are a girl's best friend; buying a digital camera; caring for your pet while you're away; when sorry seems to be the hardest word; meet the mail-order entrepreneur
200 Letter from Zapallal: News from the Peruvian desert community

56 Win One of eight Stoves Precision dual-fuel range cookers, worth £1,300
115 Cheers! Sail to Sainsbury's Calais for just £39 and stock up for Christmas
122 Subscribe today! And receive two superb bottles of wine, worth £13
185 Offer A luxurious goose feather and down duvet - at half the usual price!

Recipe index:

62 Black pepper parsnip crisps
62 Curried popcorn
64 Saffron quails' eggs with celery mayonnaise
64 Stilton and cranberry dip with toasted pitta bread
62 Turkey and bacon tarts

67 Beetroot and orange soup with walnut oil
70 Fresh salmon marinated in lime and soy sauce
47 Lentil, bacon and potato soup
69 Orange salad with pomegranate seeds and a coriander dressing
67 Scallop and leek gratin
38 Warm duck salad with clementines and cashews

48 Chicken with figs, port and orange
41 Chicken with Shiraz and cranberries
88 Mini boeufs en croûte
90 Pheasant in a prosciutto, caper and truffle sauce
50 Pork steaks and sweet potato mash
50 Potato fry-up
94 Roast duck with coriander seeds, honey, lime and port
86 Roast loin of pork with caraway, lemon and garlic recipes
45 Teriyaki steak with broccoli
74 Traditional roast turkey
47 Tuna croquettes

44 Aubergine Parmigiano pasta bake
92 Carrot, chicory and chestnut tarte Tatin
48 Veggie fajitas

77 Apple and apricot stuffing balls
78 Baked celeriac and potato cake
80 Baked swede
80 Beetroot in cream
80 Cabbage with orange juice and juniper
77 Cranberry sauce
39 Pickled red cabbage
80 Roast Jerusalem artichokes with lemon and thyme
42 Spicy parsnip rösti
79 Stove-top pumpkin with gremolata

98 Baked Italian Alaska
53 Cheat's banoffee cheesecake
110 Cherry cake
100 Chocolate, mi-cuit plum and rum cake
113 Chocolate praline cake
110 Coffee toffee cake with pecan streusel
113 Little citrus cakes
53 Rustic apple and plum tartlets
97 Sherry syllabub trifle
103 Sparkling jewelled jelly
105 Vanilla shortbread cookie tree

119 Mulled wine