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Recipe Inspiration from Waitrose


Here at LaterLife we have compiled some recipes in association with Waitrose for you to enjoy at home.

Why not try something different using this Month's Health Food, Dates?


The recipes are divided into three courses, so you can take your pick, and easily prepare your own meal.

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dates in bacon with cream sauce

The Anchor's Dates in Bacon with Cream Sauce

The Anchor's head chef, Babs Jordan, was happy to share this recipe with us. "People often refer to this as devils on horseback," she says, "which is bacon-wrapped prunes. But the addition of the cream sauce makes this much more unctuous."

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 12 minutes
  • Total time: 42 minutes 

Serves: 6


  • 12 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 24 stoneless dates, such as medjool


  • Large knob of unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 284ml carton whipping cream
  • 2 heaped tsp grain mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped parsley, to garnish



  1. Preheat the oven to 230°C, gas mark 8.

  2. Hold a rasher of bacon by one end and use the blunt side of a knife to gently stretch it out by about another quarter - this helps make the bacon crisper when cooked. Repeat with all the bacon. Cut each rasher in half and roll one half around each date. Refrigerate while you make the sauce.

  3. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a gentle heat, add the garlic and shallot and sweat them gently for about 5 minutes until soft but not coloured. Add the wine, turn up the heat and boil until the liquid is reduced by a half. Strain the mixture through a sieve and return to the pan. Add the cream and mustard, bring to a rolling boil and boil for 30 seconds. Season if necessary (bear in mind that the bacon is quite salty).

  4. Divide the mustard cream between six 10-12cm-diameter gratin dishes. Add four dates to each dish. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and the bacon browning. Finish off the dish with 2 minutes under a very hot grill to really crisp up the bacon. Serve sprinkled with parsley, with some granary bread.


Lustau Oloroso Emperatriz Eugenia

Complex flavours of smoky wood, prunes and bitter chocolate rule the palate with nutty aromas and a smooth and warming finish.

melon with dates, orange and wensleydaleMelon with Dates, Orange and Wensleydale

Jars of preserved fruits look very tempting and make excellent gifts. You can use our bottled fruits in any desserts such as dates, orange and ginger in syrup


  • Melon
  • Preserved dates
  • Preserved oranges
  • Wensleydale cheese, cubed


  1. Serve slices of fresh melon topped with dates and orange threaded onto cocktail sticks (or small fancy skewers). Drizzle over a little of the syrup and scatter over small cubes of Farmhouse Wensleydale cheese.

Waitrose English Dry White ‘The Limes’

Made in partnership with leading English wine estate Denbies, in Surrey, our Waitrose English white wine has an abundance of aromatic lime and grapefruit and ripe apple and lychee fruit on the palate.

date, oat and seed treatsDate, Oat and Seed Treats

Source of fibre

Vegetarian, Vegan, Diabetic

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes 

Makes: 16


  • 270g pack soft dates, roughly chopped
  • 25g rolled oats
  • 25g pistachios
  • 25g mixed seeds
  • 50g chopped almonds 



  1. Place the dates, oats and pistachios in a food processor and blitz to give a paste. Add the seeds and pulse to mix.

  2. Divide the paste into 16 and (with damp hands) form into balls. Roll in the chopped almonds, pressing the nuts into the date balls, and serve.


Campbells Rutherglen Muscat

Super-sweet and golden, this raisned, honeyed wine made from 100% Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge. Its unique style comes from a fourth-generation winemaking family dedicated to producing characterful wines.

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