Prep time:

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time:

Serves: 10

5 Figs, Diced

5 Parma Ham or Prosciutto Slices

100g Goat's Cheese

125g Filo Pastry Sheets

50g Butter, melted

1tbsp Nigella/Onion seeds

Nicci Gurr shares a selection of favourite festive recipes fresh from the Home Gurr’own kitchen that she and her team have served for guests at various events they have catered for throughout Kent. “I have chosen these recipes as they also make great starters, and Christmas staples,” Nicci says when WT visits her Cranbrook smallholding. Simple, seasonal and absolutely packed with flavour, the following dishes are bound to please this December.



  • words:
  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

Perfect Prep

Mark Charker, Head Chef at The Bell in Ticehurst, explains how to take the stress out of Christmas cooking by getting some prep work in early All this prep leaves only cooking your festive centerpiece on the big day, and...

Tomato Sauce

Having an easy and delicious tomato sauce on hand, or in the freezer, means that you will always be able to rustle up a quick pasta dish, pizza, or even a flavoursome tomato base for a ratatouille or caponata. Large...

Tomato Tarte Tatin

This is just an upside down tart, most often found in apple form, but for a simple – and it really is simple – savoury version, it works brilliantly with tomatoes, because (in theory at least), the pastry will stay...