Culinary Hotline - Festive

Festive food doesn’t have to cost a lot or be too complicated! Gabriella Sangiorgio shares her delicious salad recipe and we have a sweet treat inspiration from


  • 2 sheets puffed pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup chocolate spread
  • Icing sugar, to dust for serving

How To Make Pull-Apart Chocolate Tree

  1. Preheat an oven to 200°C (400f), and let your puff pastry thaw for about 2 hours (before preheating the oven) or until it’s easy to work with.
  2. Unfold two sheets of puff pastry and place one of them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Spread the Nutella or spread of your choice evenly with a spatula or with a butter knife.
  4. Lay the other puff pastry on top of the Nutella. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the outline of a Christmas tree.
  5. Use a star cookie cutter to cut off 2-3 stars from the scraps. Set the starts aside.
  6. Cut 1-inch strips on the sides of the Christmas tree. Twist each strip away from you to create a beautiful design.
  7. Place a star on the top of the tree for a finished Christmas tree.
  8. Mix 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of milk or heavy cream and brush the tree with the egg wash.
  9. Bake in a 200c (400f) preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until it’s golden brown. Take a look at the tree after 20 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely diced
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 50g walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 tins brown lentils, drained and rinsed
  • ½ Cucumber, diced
  • 30g wild rocket, roughly chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Tahini dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2-3 Tbsp water
  • Salt to taste

How To Make Lentil & Walnut Salad

  1. Place the olive oil in a pot and slowly cook the red onion and pepper until soft (around 15 mins).
  2. Increase the heat and fry the walnuts for a minute.
  3. Add the lentils, cook for a minute and then turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Allow to cool then add the rest of your ingredients. Stir to combine.
  5. Make tahini dressing by whisking all of the ingredients together, adding more water to get desired consistency.
  6. Serve lentils on a platter and drizzle over the tahini sauce.

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