Christmas Cooking

Really cooking at Christmas doesn’t have to be hard, and most people make it more difficult for themselves by stressing and wanting too much on the plate. Do you need sixteen different types of veg, or seven types of meat?  The most sitting at our table for Christmas day lunch has been about twenty, which meant prioritization on what went on the plate, but also a realisation that it’s my Christmas too and the kitchen (love it though I do) is not where I want to spend it – even though that is where the drink is kept).

So a plan for Christmas is something crafted well in advance, prepared as far as possible the day ahead, and then Christmas day (much to my own pleasure) is easier and lets you drink in the kitchen.

This Christmas Eve it will be venison Wellington, there’s a change, and I will let you know the outcome. For good or bad. The following are suggestions on some quick things to cook. Some of this is what we will be having this Christmas.

Quick Sausage Rolls these are great at anytime, and for parties too. Make plenty, they are really quick and will sure to be eaten (especially if they are still warm!)

 Roast Potatoes and always make extra because you can serve them later in the evening without too much bother (how easy is that?).

 Flapjacks if there are some oats and syrup in the cupboard these have practically made themselves.

 Christmas Morning Muffins.  These really are easily made, and apart from the wet ingredients, prepared the night before and then put in the oven for twenty minutes. Quick and easy.

Figs in Masala Wine with Mascarpone cream. This is a light pudding, and follows the heavier lunch leaving you with a little less of the less bloated feeling, and a little more room to have some more sweet things throughout the day.


2 Responses to Christmas Cooking

  1. Sophie says:

    I would love to share that drink with you in your kitchen on Christmas day, that actually sounds like so much fun! Haha! Jokes aside, you’re totally right about crafting the menu well in advanced and preparing as much as possible on the day before. But you’re even more right about the importance of picking the right number of different dishes, I’ve wasted so many fun dinner parties being alone in my kitchen (with no drink, what the hell…?!) struggling with everything that now I’ve totally shifted my opinion on what makes a great table (and it usually is not the number of dishes). Thanks for the suggestions, especially the roast potatoes and the fig pudding!


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