So, we’re onto our eighth tip from –
12 Tips for a gorgeous, no fuss, foodie Christmas
Tip #1 was all about the cake.
Tip #2 was about making a few meals to stash in the freezer for over Christmas
Tip #3 was the joy of handmade food gifts
Tip #4 was the wonders of freezing uncooked mince pies so that they are ready at the drop of a hat
Tip #5 was a prepare-ahead alternative dessert if Christmas pudding just isn’t your thing
Tip #6 was flying the flag for freeze-ahead roast potatoes
Tip #7 was prepare ahead vegetable side dishes and now here’s the next one –
Tip #8 – Make some good choices when you stock up your fridge and cupboards for Christmas, and you’ll always be able to throw together a gorgeous, no fuss spread at the drop of a hat … a Santa hat of course!
Christmas is a time of loving and giving. It’s a time of joy and laughter; it’s a time of family rows and over tired children, but it’s also a time of eating – lots of eating … lots of eating, with one meal often feeling like it runs into the next, especially if you are hosting family and friends.
There’s a danger that we focus so much on Christmas dinner, that we lose sight of the fact that this is actually just one meal – one meal in what could be a week of festive feasts.
I’m guessing that you may have a couple of meals ready and stashed in the freezer – good for you. But if you also make some good choices around the foods to fill your fridge and cupboards, you will always be able to throw together some perfect spreads with the minimum of fuss. We’ll be doing some regular ‘dinner on a plate’ meals but we’ll also do a lot of ‘picnic’ meals in the holiday season. And there’ll be no tartan blankets or threats of rain, we’ll be doing this in the comfort of our own home. In these ‘picnic’ meals, I’ll lay out a whole host of foods on the table ‘picnic style’ and everyone digs in. There’ll be a mix of leftovers and fresh stuff and often quite a collection of condiments too. This is high impact, low effort entertaining and in fact the hardest part is packing all the leftovers away afterwards….