Episode 1 Food writer and no nonsense cook Trish Deseine returns home to Northern Ireland with a hamper crammed full of festive recipes designed to take the stress out of Christmas catering. In the first of two programmes Trish revels in the run up to Christmas Day preparing versatile dips, bite sized nibbles, satisfying soups and divine desserts. There are fine cuts and short cuts, top tips and a step by step guide to winning dishes that will guarantee that you'll be able to enjoy your own party- large or small. Driven by her passion for fresh local produce Trish unearths some key ingredients to enliven the holidays. She talks Dexter beef with Damien Tumelty of Castlescreen Farm in Downpatrick, Carlingford oysters with Andrew Rooney of Rooney Fish, Kilkeel, Shortcross gin with David Boyd-Armstrong, celebration cocktails with The Merchant Hotel's Ryan Adair and uncovers current food trends at Indie Fude in Comber. If all that still leaves you craving more there's a mouthwatering marinated beef dish that's sure to be a hit, an on trend salted caramel mousse and a clever use of candle holders. Thirty minutes of table top treats for you to try at home so that you too can revel in the run up to Christmas Day.
Episode 2 In the second of her two programmes food writer and no nonsense cook Trish Deseine opens the door on Christmas Day and creates a foolproof festive feast that won't break your spirits or your bank balance. If Christmas Day cooking fills you with fear, if your oven is too small or your turkey too large, if your sprouts are soggy and your pudding leaden then this programme is your seasonal saviour. Passionate about local produce Trish visits David Love Cameron's walled garden in Helen's Bay for seasonal vegetables, discovers the secret of Yellow Door's Christmas pudding from Simon Dougan, finds out why civil servant Joy McGimpsey turned to chocolate and befriends a local butcher for top turkey tips. She talks turkey with Jonathan Buchannan in Kilrea and trifles with a trifle. There's a retro prawn cocktail, an alternative turkey dinner with jewelled jumbo cous cous and festive filo, a trio of versatile vegetables and Trish's signature chocolate cake. Trish Deseine's Christmas Dishes- lots of take out and no need for a take away.