Count down to Christmas – Cooking Christmas Dinner
Here are some tips to help cooking Christmas Dinner to be a less stressful and exhausting business that it sometimes can become.
Cooking Christmas dinner with lots of relatives wondering about not to mention constant interruptions from the kids can make cooking Christmas Dinner a very tricky business. So here are a few tips to help you cook Christmas Dinner with a little less angst.
1. Get ahead. Do as much as possible as early as possible.
2. Delegate as much as possible.
3. Pace yourself.
Of course your personal circumstances and the ages of your children may make delegation difficult. But getting ahead of yourself and pacing how much you pack into the last twenty-four hours before Christmas may well help you enjoy Christmas just a little more.
If possible prepare the vegetables the day before. Have a team effort and make this an event that is fun not a chore. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. If necessary bring the vegetables into your living room and sit and watch the telly while you peel the veg.
If you are making giblet gravy or sauces for your Christmas Dinner prepare these the day before and keep in the fridge.
Buy what you don’t have the time or the inclination to prepare and don’t feel guilty about it.
Have a simple, light and quick supper on Christmas Eve.
This maybe almost impossible but try to avoid spending all evening wrapping up Christmas presents. After all this is your holiday as well.
Allow thirty minutes prep time for getting your turkey or Christmas roast ready before you put it into the oven.
Allow two hours for roast potatoes from start to finish. This may sound a long time – but there is really nothing more annoying than everything else being ready apart from the roasties.
Allow up to an hour for resting and carving time after your turkey/ roast is cooked. It will keep warm by being kept in tinfoil.
Prepare the finishing touches to the gravy as soon as you remove the turkey from the roasting dish.
Put serving dishes and plates in oven to warm before serving the dinner.
Set the dinner table as soon as you can. If possible after you have cleared the breakfast things.
Wash up, clear up and load the dishwasher as you go along. Again delegate and enlist help.
Finally enjoy your day – don’t sweat the small stuff and keep your sense of humour.