Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for many reasons – parties, summer, gorgeous food, holidays and a great excuse to catch up with friends. If you’re playing host and want to avoid unnecessary stress that is often associated with entertaining, a little forward planning and organisation will leave you free and relaxed to enjoy the fun of the festive season.
November 29, 2010 4 Comments
If the thought of co-ordinating the Christmas meal fills you with dread, don’t despair – you are certainly not alone. Even competent cooks can find Christmas Day a culinary challenge. What to eat, how much to serve, how to organise and manage the different dishes so everything is ready on time – these are just some of the challenges that confront the Christmas Day host.
December 6, 2009 6 Comments
Christmas is fast approaching, and for many that means it’s time to start thinking about cooking a turkey and how to ensure that it looks and tastes fabulous. The secret to a plump and juicy roast turkey is brining. Brining a whole turkey is a process in which the turkey is submerged in a salt and water solution prior to cooking. Brining increases the moisture content, which is ideal for turkey which has a tendency to dry out. You can also brine a whole chicken, or even chicken pieces. [Read more →]
November 28, 2008 3 Comments
Christmas is less than 2 months away and there is no better time to start planning than now. A little forward planning and organisation will leave you free and relaxed to enjoy the fun of the festive season, rather than allowing yourself to become unnecessarily stressed.
Firstly, think about the type of Christmas entertaining you plan on doing – it may be a BBQ for 6, a buffet for 20 or a stand-up cocktail party for 50. [Read more →]
November 6, 2008 No Comments