Last minute Christmas cooking

Well, with only a few more days to go now until the big day itself, here is some last minute Christmas cooking advice to ensure your preparations for cooking over the festive period go smoothly and are as stress-free as possible.

If you’ve been following, most of this has already been said, but it doesn’t do any harm to remind ourselves!

Get your fruit and vegetables in

Now is the time to get all your fruit and vegetables in, whatever you choose for the festive period, such as carrots, brussel sprouts, parsnips, potatoes, etc.  Try and buy them as fresh as possible.  A King Edward potato makes a great roast potato and just once in a year, try roasting them in goose fat for that extra flavour! There are some great tasting vegetable recipes for you to try.  Don’t forget to look at our example Christmas Day menu if you are stuck for ideas on what to cook or simply want some inspiration.

Turkey issues

If you are using a frozen turkey, remember to read the instructions on the packaging carefully, particularly concerning arrangements for defrosting.  Make sure your bird is properly defrosted – for a really large bird, this may take two days!  Make sure you have a baking tray big enough to roast your bird in and also make sure you can fit it into your oven!

Christmas cake

If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to marzipan and ice your Christmas cake.