Fes­tive ease

Five tips to help you keep your cool in the kitchen on Christ­mas Day.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FOOD NEWS -

1 PLAN AHEAD

Sit down in No­vem­ber and plan your Christ­mas Day, in­clud­ing the menu. Make a de­tailed list of what you need. Buy non-per­ish­able items ahead of time to take the stress off the big shop. No­vem­ber is also a great time to ring your butcher and or­der your meat.

2 KEEP IT SIM­PLE

Re­mem­ber that Christ­mas doesn’t have to be a huge pro­duc­tion! Keep it as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. If you can del­e­gate cook­ing tasks to dif­fer­ent mem­bers of the fam­ily, do so. If you plan a large Christ­mas din­ner, keep break­fast light and easy.

3 PRE­PARE

Christ­mas pud­ding and cake keep for a long time so make these well ahead. Peel, cut and blanche veges the day be­fore. Stuff­ing, gravy and other dress­ings can be made a few days prior. Cook­ing and freez­ing vegeta­bles to be thawed on the day is also an op­tion.

4 DON’T GO OVERBOARD

Christ­mas may be a day of in­dul­gence but don’t overdo it! Fo­cus on what you ac­tu­ally need. If there are 12 peo­ple at­tend­ing you might want that ham and turkey, but for a small group, a roast chook and three vege will be just as de­light­ful and eas­ier to pre­pare.

5 HAVE FUN

Re­mem­ber, Christ­mas is about be­ing with your loved ones and hav­ing a nice time. Don’t let the pres­sure of hav­ing a per­fect cel­e­bra­tion ruin your day. A clas­sic Kiwi bar­be­cue may be all you need for a great Christ­mas.

PLAN, PRE­PARE, PARTY!

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