The Christmas food shop made easy

A roast turkey with a sprinkle of pepper on top

A roast turkey with a sprinkle of pepper on top

All hands on deck- is the mood in the house pre-Christmas. It doesn’t matter who does the cooking normally, if you have people visiting then there is always stuff to be done. Communication is the key- make sure a plan is written, you know if any guests have intolerance, decide what you can buy, write a shopping list and shop in advance,  book your food shop, plan in a last minute trip to the shops and test any recipes you've not tried before.

To make this task more manageable here is a list of all the supermarkets last ordering dates so by spending time at home selecting items ensures you less time in a crowded supermarket.

Shop Tesco Sainsbury Waitrose M&S
Ordering date
14th 15th
15th 15th

Another big tick off the foot long household to-do list would be to sort out the meat. We visited our local farm shop butcher last Friday.  Never underestimate the knowledge those guys have of their meats. After a 10 minute chat with some leading questions of-

  • How many are you feeding?
  • Do you want the faff of bones?
  • Will you want leftovers?
  • A traditional turkey and or something else?
  • Stuffing?
  • How do you want to cook it?

A deposit was paid, a collection slot booked, we left feeling confident and with a shoulder of venison to trial over the weekend. We opted for a turkey crown, not stuffed but with a bacon lattice on top and a shoulder of venison to be slow cooked (the in-laws are staying over Christmas and we want to impress!). What main are you going for this year?

Top tip- use an electric carving knife for more even slices of meat.

Perfect slices everytime

Perfect slices everytime





Good luck with all the festive planning and jobs, enjoy the food and drinks but mostly have fun.