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You’ll likely have turkey remaining after Christmas Day and this is a good variation for the leftovers, with cranberries helping to make a nice sauce.

Mark's shell shot can be made with lobster, prawn or crab shells

Mark Hix recipe: Shell shot

Serves 6-8

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Serves 6 as a starter

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Serves 4-6

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Serves 4-6

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Straw potatoes

Serves 4

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Serves 4

Blackcurrant chilli jelly goes well with cheese, pâtés and terrines

Blackcurrant chilli jelly

Makes ¼ltr jar

Not too hot: Crab-stuffed chilli peppers

Crab-stuffed chilli peppers

Serves 4-6

Turn lobster shells into a clear broth and serve with noodles

Lobster broth with noodles

Serves 2-4

Home-grown mange tout paired with lobster fresh out of the sea gives this humble vegetable a nice lift

Lobster with mange tout and ginger

Serves 2

Mark uses roe to make his lobster drop scones

Lobster drop scones

Serves 2

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