So, we’re onto our seventh 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 and now here’s the next one –
Tip #7 – Some vegetable side dishes are perfect to prepare ahead for a no fuss Christmas Day menu.
So, we’re well on the way to being super prepared for Christmas dinner …. We’ve talked turkey – maybe in a box(!) – and the wonder of freeze-ahead roast potatoes. But although we probably cook vegetable side dishes most days, they do seem to be much more hassle on Christmas day. I guess it’s because there’s so much other stuff going on and we do also seem compelled to do such an enormous selection. So, if we can choose a couple of dishes that lend themselves to being prepared ahead of time, that can only be a good thing.
An injection of colour on the Christmas dinner table is always a bonus too, so bring on Braised Red Cabbage with Apples – it’s a beauty to prepare in advance and with that striking purple colour it really is a double winner. And its slightly sweet and sour flavours, well they work like a dream at cutting through the richness of the rest of the meal. Sometimes I might make this a couple of days before Christmas and keep it in the fridge until the big day but I often freeze it too. It will reheat in the oven, covered, on a low heat, but as every corner of your oven is probably spoken for, the microwave alternative also gets a big thumbs up from me. Gently stir the cranberry sauce through the cabbage just before serving – it gives a beautiful sheen and a subtle sweet flavour. Adjust the quantity that you use to your taste – it’s personal….