It’s the most wonderful time of the year

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

As Christmas closes in on us, it’s time to start making firm plans about what to do over the festive period.  We all have our Christmas day routines and for many of you, hosting Christmas dinner is just part and parcel of the festivities.

In our previous blog we gave you some top tips on organising your kitchen in preparation for Christmas. So now it’s the run up to the big day and you’re hosting the grand Christmas dinner, the last thing you want to do is begin stressing or worrying, it’s important to remain calm and enjoy the day! Here are our top tips to help make sure your day goes without a hitch!

  1. Make a plan on Christmas Eve of what time everything needs to go into the oven. If you have a phone that sets multiple alarms, use it so you can be reminded each time something needs to go in, that way you won’t be watching the clock all morning!
  2. Don’t try to do too much; the beauty of Christmas dinner is that it’s traditional and there’s no need to try and be fancy or contemporary.
  3. The night before, take the meat of the freezer to allow it to stand and drop to room temperature.
  4. Parboil the potatoes you’re going to be roasting the next day.
  5. Chop the vegetables up and place them in airtight containers in the fridge.
  6. Lay the table out the night before so you can make sure you have enough room for everything.
  7. Don’t rely on an online shopping delivery – if they don’t have something, you’ll then have the panic of trying to find time to go shopping at short notice. Always factor in a grocery shop.
  8. Don’t experiment with extravagant recipes, if you’re planning on doing a new dish, practice it in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
  9. Get prepared; ensure you have all the utensils you require; enough foil, pans and roasting tins.
  10. Get help - If there are others around, ask them to give you a hand peeling veg and getting things out of the oven when you’re elbows deep in something else.

We hope these tips are of use and if you’re in charge of creating some culinary delights and finding it a bit daunting, we’ve put together some of our favourite simple recipes to help you out; just click on the links below to download the recipes.

christmas recipe pics

Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts

Bread Wreath

Mulled Wine

Sugar Rum Cookies

Nut Roast Pie (V)

Above all, enjoy yourself! Christmas comes but once a year so take the stress out and make some time to relax before you start on cleaning the dishes!