It's the 1st of November and the Christmas decorations have gone up in my local high street. Unbelievable, but true! So seeing as Christmas will probably be here before we know it, I thought we could share some of our favourite traditional and not so traditional recipes and tips for Christmas Eve/Day and Boxing Day... Hell, even New Years!
My family and I sit down to a non-traditional giant rib of beef with all the trimmings including Yorkshire puds, roast potatoes, stuffing balls, sausages and bacon-wrapped sausages. It works for us; we ditch the Christmas pudding (because nobody likes it) and I serve sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean custard instead. I also like to bake either cookies or brownies with my nephews on Christmas Day too because it gives the kids a real sense of involvement in the preparations.
Boxing day usually features either duck, roast lamb or roast chicken with things like Gratin Dauphinoise or crispy thinly sliced potatoes and rosemary. New Years Eve is mainly about decadence; so lashings of indulgent Champagne with seafood, rack of lamb, lots of side dishes and cheeses etc... and very little dessert because everyone is usually drunk and dancing!
My best tips for Christmas are don't be afraid to cut corners! I usually buy Duchy beef gravy from Waitrose/Ocado to beef up my gravy and at Christmas they also do a fantastic poultry gravy too. I par-cook all my stuffing balls, sausages and roast potatoes and then finish them off in the oven the next day. I always put out a good selection of crudites, chips and dips on the table before the meal; which always buys me some extra time in the kitchen just in case I am running behind schedule.
This year I would love to add a few new additions to the table, so what are your festive traditions and what do you like to eat? What are your family favourites and which are your favourite tips / recipes?