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Christmas Day! A joyous occasion of family and food. For some however, it can be a stressful nightmare. Our in-house chef Alice is here to help you have a fool-proof organised Christmas by getting ahead of the game. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.

Christmas Eve:

  • Start with an organised fridge – this is your best weapon.
  • Chop all of your veg and place into zip seal bags in the fridge – this will save you some prep time on Christmas Day!
  • Don’t chuck the giblets – if you’re using a bird then make a stock out of the giblets. This can be made in advance and stored in the fridge or freezer. Add the cooking juices from the bird to the stock to make a delicious gravy.
  • Roast potatoes can be made in advance. For the best roasties, always parboil your potatoes first. 5 minutes should do the trick. Just drain the potatoes and pop them back in the pan. Place the lid back on the pan and toss the potatoes a few times to fluff up the edges. Transfer the potatoes into a roasting tin with hot goose fat and baste the potatoes. Pop into the oven to roast and baste regularly. Once cooked, remove from the oven and cover with foil. Pop back into a hot oven for 10 minutes on Christmas day and no one will know! (You can also do this for your roasted veg).

On the Day:

  • Assign out tasks to those who can be trusted to not be sozzled before 12pm. Get someone to set the table, someone to keep an eye on how much sherry Grandma has had, and most importantly, someone to keep the drinks flowing!
  • Time your roast! Whether it’s a turkey or a rib of beef, calculate your roasting time and schedule all the trimmings around this. Remember you have an extra 30 minutes as the meat will need to rest before carving.
  • Breathe and spend some time out of the kitchen. There is no need to slave away whilst you guests are having fun if you have prepared well.
  • Christmas Day! A joyous occasion of family and food. For some however, it can be a stressful nightmare. Our in-house chef Alice is here to help you have a fool-proof organised Christmas by getting ahead of the game. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.

 Hosting Hacks:

  • Delegate tasks to family members. Get someone to set the table, someone to keep an eye on how much sherry Grandma has had, and most importantly, someone to keep the drinks flowing!
  • Have a stash of board games at the ready for the post-lunch slump – everyone loves a Christmas game of Articulate.

Leftovers:

  • Leftovers can keep you going until New Year! Get creative with your leftovers and rise up to food waste.
  • Try turkey in a curry, roast beef in a sandwich or salad, gammon in a macaroni cheese… the possibilities are endless! Head over to the recipe section on our website for some more inspiration.
  • Make a stock out of the carcass or bones leftover from your Christmas roast. Pop them into a large pan of water for 3 hours and then transfer through a sieve for a nutritiously tasty stock.
  • Pull together the cold trimmings to make a leftover hash. Pile a poached egg on top for a bit of decadence.

     

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