TIPS FOR AN EASIER CHRISTMAS:
Before hitting the shops, look online to see where your favourite ingredients are stocked, then make separate lists for each store.
If online shopping isn’t your thing, try the Click and Collect option from the supermarket. This saves a lot of time and your groceries will be packed and waiting for you.
Buy your favourite Christmas items now, such as napkins, table decorations, paper plates, wine, soft drinks and so on. Boxes of chocolates make a lovely last-minute gift for anyone with a sweet tooth or those hosting a get-together.
When planning your menu for Christmas Day, keep to what you are confident making and don’t take on anything that’s complicated or time consuming. This way you’ll enjoy a stress-free day with your family and friends.
If cooking a turkey or glazing your ham, check to make sure they fit into your oven. Also check to see if you have a serving platter or board large enough to hold them.
Have your knives sharpened to make prepping food and carving meats easier and safer.
Choose produce that’s in season and you can’t go wrong. Buy staples that keep well ahead of time, such as
carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, parsnips, onions and garlic, so that only fresh salad ingredients and fruits need to be purchased a day or so before using.
Keep a good stock of crackers, cheeses, nuts, fruit pastes and olives for when unexpected guests drop in, and make sure that you have a steady supply of chilled wine, beer and soft drinks on hand.