Festive Brussel Sprout Slaw

‘Tis the season of red cups, festive (ugly) jumpers start popping up everywhere (some more succesfully than others…) and the main conversation topic in the office has moved from the usual weather-politics combo to Christmas plans…. so I suppose it’s about time to get planning from the festive season ahead!

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

With Thanksgiving in just a few days, and Christmas no all that far behind, I’m sure you have a plethora of parties to look forward to.

The only issue with festive parties though? The. Same. Damn. Food. Every. Damn. Time. Turkey, ‘tatoes, Brussels sprouts, roast and repeat.

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

I’m all for traditions but eating the same damn meal every other day or so for the next two months? Not quite so much so.

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

That’s why in the build-up to the holidays, I’ll be sharing fresh twists on classic festive dishes, starting with this Festive Brussel Sprout Slaw.

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

Light, crisp, textural and vibrant, this recipe features many elements of a traditional festive side dish (Brussel sprouts, citrus, nuts, cranberries…) but prepared in a not-quite-so-conventional way.

A new take on the classic, if you will…

After all, there’s no reason why Santa should have the monopole on surprises this festive season!

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

Festive Brussel Sprout Slaw (serves 4)


  • 500g Brussel sprouts
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp grapefruit vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp pecan nuts or walnuts, crushed into small bits
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberry
  • salt, pepper

1. Using a sharp knife or a mandoline, shred the Brussel sprouts very thinly.

2. In a bowl, combine the mayo, Greek yoghurt, vinegar and poppy seeds.

3. Add the cabbage and season to taste.

4. Sprinkle with the crushed walnuts & cranberries and serve immediately.

Festive Brussel Sprout Slaw

Festive Apple & Cranberry Pie

I spent the afternoon cooking my first ever #Worksgiving dinner for my colleagues yesterday.

From that epic adventure, I take away a couple of things:

1. I am completely lost in a kitchen that doesn’t have scissors.

2. As surprised as I might be about it, I do like cranberry with turkey.

3. Cooking an entire meal, complete with a table worth of sides, in one afternoon in borderline insane.

4. Pie is a Thanksgiving staple (or life staple if you ask me) but baking one in a hot kitchen is not a good idea.

Luckily, I baked this little show-stopper the night before.

Festive Apple & Cranberry Pie | Cake + Whisky

Meet my Christmas-meets-Thanksgiving, half Americana-half Fah la la la la masterpiece: The Festive Apple and Cranberry Pie.

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Festive Apple & Cranberry Pie