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.

Christmas recipes

Christmas lunch menu and guide

Here is your essential Christmas lunch menu and guide. Top tips to ensure your Christmas lunch is fantastic with our great tasting menu.

Christmas pudding

This recipe is for christmas pudding, often referred to as christmas pud and xmas pud. However you name it, this christmas food recipe tastes fantastic.

Countdown to Christmas – Part 1

Ready in the kitchen for Christmas? Here’s your essential Christmas cooking guide for the countdown to Christmas. Hints and tips you don’t want to miss!

Sage and onion stuffing

Sage and onion stuffing is a great accompaniment to any roast dinner meal, including your Christmas lunch. This uses a sage and onion mix for the stuffing.

Christmas Eve food preparations

Here is your essential guide to Christmas Eve food preparations. The more you can get done today, the easier the cooking will be on Christmas Day.

Brandy sauce

This recipe is for brandy sauce. If looking for brandy sauce recipes, this straightforward recipe should be ideal.

Mince pies

This cake recipe is for mince pies. If you are looking for a mince pies recipe, this recipe is all you need.

Carving turkey

The turkey has been roasted, removed from the oven, covered loosely with tin foil to keep warm and been allowed to rest, and everything else is cooked and ready to dish up. So, it’s time to carve the turkey. Hopefully you have found room somewhere to warm your dinner plates.

Chipolata sausages

These chipolata sausages are common in the UK and are most often associated with Christmas time. However, they are great at any time of the year.  They are often relatively thin and short in size.  Chipolata sausages are quick and easy to cook and taste great. There really is no excuse for not putting them...

Turkey gravy

This gravy recipe is for a turkey gravy. If looking for recipes for gravy, this turkey gravy will be ideal.