Put the cool in Yule!
ou know that feeling. The temperature’s rising outside. The temperature’s rising inside. The heat’s on! And I’m not just talking about the weather. There’s nothing quite like the silly season frenzy. But not this year. This issue is your festive-season lifesaver, part secret weapon, part survival guide. Scrambling your way through the Chrissy rush? Grab our super-speedy mid-week meals, along with a tasty preview of Matt Preston’s new book, Yummy Easy Quick (p41), for clever dishes that are ready in minutes. Want to cut the pain and up your game with this year’s festive feast? Dive into our Easy Cheat’s Christmas menu (p86). Looking for the ultimate dessert? Hello Choc Cherry Bombe Alaska (this month’s cover), with just eight ingredients and only 20 minutes prep. Freeze it ahead (p10). And if it “all goes to pot”, as my grandma used to say, just reach for a platter to knock your guests’ socks off (p95)! Christmas Eve, legs stretched out, with an icy glass between my fingers. Done! Is it cool in here, or is it just me?
PS Look out for our star tips throughout the issue for more ideas from our foodies.