Karen Barnes

Editor

Karen Barnes

Karen Barnes has been editor of delicious. since April 2010 and a journalist for over 20 years. To say she’s mad about food is an understatement. She put together her first (hand-written) magazine (complete with recipes and crossword) at age six and has been obsessively reading about food, cooking and writing recipes ever since. Her mission? To get more people into the kitchen and discovering the rewards of cooking.
 

Karen Barnes' Christmas inspiration

Karen Barnes' Christmas inspiration

Everyone has their own traditions at Christmas – mine is my mum’s brandy butter, without which the celebrations wouldn’t be complete. But each year I love to add new recipes into the festive mix… Here are 18 wonderful ideas to add different flavours, colours and twists to your feasting.

Karen Barnes' easy dinner party

Karen Barnes' easy dinner party

When people come round, I love nothing more than to cook food I know everyone will enjoy, but my goal is to spend the maximum amount of time with my guests, rather than holed up in the kitchen. And although the recipes have to taste wonderful (of course), I don’t like it to be in a showy-offy kind of a way. Lots of criteria – and every one of these 20 recipes fits the bill:

Karen Barnes' Christmas desserts

Karen Barnes' Christmas desserts

Christmas is a time when puddings have to have a sense of drama when you bring them to the table. There’s something for all tastes here – from trifle with a twist, to full-on-all-out-gorgeous chcolatey puddings, lighter fruity desserts, cheesecake and pavlova.

Karen Barnes' winter comfort food

Karen Barnes' winter comfort food

Cold, frosty days send us scuttling indoors for warmth and cosiness. What do we need? Comfort food! Here’s a selection of the highest order, from creamy gratin bakes, fish pies and warming soups to crumbles and chocolatey puddings…

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