It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the season of giving and a time to spend with your nearest and dearest. But for many, Noel can also be a stressful and chaotic holiday, full of endless to-do lists and hard work. That needn’t be the case, however, as there are plenty of Christmas cooking tips to make it more manageable!
Rosemary has overseen her fair share of Yuletide dinners in her time, so knows a thing or two about how to ensure the food and drink runs like clockwork – you may well be surprised at just how straightforward it can often be.
Read on for seven Christmas cooking tips that will make your lunch and festivities as fun and carefree as possible on December 25th…
With so much going on, it can be easy to get in a bit of a fluster at Christmas, so planning is crucial. Make a checklist of things to do well in advance, checking them off once you’ve done them. It will be a load off your mind.
Pre-cook and freeze
To avoid a frenzy in the kitchen on Christmas Day, try cooking in advance and freezing where possible. Bread sauce, stuffing and cranberry sauce can all be made and frozen until needed, and if you precook your vegetables, you can simply heat them up on the day.
For a good gravy, put vegetables like onions, carrots, celery and garlic underneath the joint or bird. The veg will caramelise and get covered in the juices from the meat, and this caramelisation will give great depth to the gravy – it’s not Christmas dinner without good gravy, after all!
Many tend to overdo it when it comes to stocking up; don’t panic, though, as the shops are only shut for one day! Allow a little more than you need for Christmas Day, but keep fresh food to a minimum to avoid anything spoiling and going to waste.
Create a menu
Whether you’re serving smoked salmon to start or Christmas pudding for dessert, why not write a menu for the occasion? You’ll have something to stick to and your guests will know what they’re getting – plus, it’ll add an extra flourish to your table that won’t go unnoticed.
Putting on a festive spread is no small task, so give your friends and family duties and responsibilities; some can lay the table, while others could serve drinks. Everybody should have a hand in things and help make the day special, because isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
Keep it fun
Don’t forget, it’s Christmas Day and should be an enjoyable event! Don’t make it too big a thing, as it’s ultimately all about having fun. Keep it less materialistic and more about what you’re doing together as a family, and – most importantly – eat, drink and be merry!